Friday, April 27 2012


BALTIMORE, 04-26-12---Trainer Todd Pletcher will start Hudson Steele in the $75,000 Henry S. Clark Stakes, a race scheduled for one mile on the turf at Pimlico Race Course Saturday afternoon. The race could be used as a springboard for some to the $300,000 Dixie Stakes (G2) on the Preakness undercard.

Hudson Steele, a son of Johannesburg, has won three of five on the infield, with a victory in the Jersey Derby at Monmouth and a runner-up finish in the Ft. Marcy Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park to his credit. This will be Hudson Steele’s first start since last May and Chris DeCarlo gets his first chance to ride the 5-2 morning line favorite.

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Thursday, April 26 2012

Pimlico, Macy’s Teaming Up For A Pair Of Preakness Fashion Shows

BALTIMORE, 04-25-12---The Maryland Jockey Club today announced it has teamed up with Macy’s for a pair of Preakness fashion shows.

This Saturday, April 28, at the Macy’s Towson Town Center Mall (Cosmetic Mall Entrance on the second floor), there will be a fashion presentation to help showcase what to wear to this year’s 137th Preakness® Stakes on Saturday, May 19. Raffle drawings will include tickets to Preakness and a Macy’s gift card. The show starts at 2 p.m.

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Monday, April 23 2012

Kentucky Derby Day Card Will Feature Jockey Challenge Pitting Riders From Pimlico Colony Versus Vene

BALTIMORE, 04-23-12---The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that next Saturday’s Kentucky Derby card at Pimlico Race Course will feature a Jockey Challenge featuring four riders visiting from Venezuela competing against four from the Maryland colony.

The featured race on the card will be the $75,000 Canonero II Stakes for 3-year-olds. The Venezuelan-based colt won the 1971 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. The 1-1/16 mile race was previously known as the Federico Tesio Stakes.

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Friday, April 20 2012


BALTIMORE, 04-19-12---Regal Nurse ran her win-streak to eight with a dominating eight-length victory in Thursday’s ninth race at Pimlico Race Course. It was the first turf score for the daughter of Monarchos, who was recently claimed by top trainer Dane Kobiskie.

“She is turf top and bottom so I was dying to see her on the grass,” Kobiskie said. “The only thing that scared me is when you have a horse who is so good on the dirt you start second guessing yourself. But she ran big and we plan on keeping her on the grass.”

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Monday, April 16 2012


BALTIMORE, 04-15-12---Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, will join with Pimlico Race Course to host a Grade 1 race for purebred Arabian horses on Preakness Day, Saturday, May 19. The $1 million Preakness® Stakes (G1), the middle jewel of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, headlines the 14-race card.

The 14-race program also will feature the $75,000-added The President of the United Arab Emirates Cup, a Grade 1 race for Arabian horses. The race is limited to 14 horses and will be run on the main track at 1-1/16 miles.

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Sunday, April 15 2012


BALTIMORE, 04-14-12---Charles Reed and Mike Zanella’s Bold Affair rolled up on frontrunner Valiant Passion and rolled away to a convincing score in the $75,000 Primonetta Stakes, the feature offering Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.

Abel Castellano was just a passenger aboard the 4-year-old filly until he asked her to engage Valiant Passion around the far turn in the 6-furlong test. They made quick work of that rival and pulled away to win in handy fashion by 2-3/4 lengths, stopping the timer in 1:10.67. Aquitania rallied to finish second, while Enchante passed Valiant Passion to take third.

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Friday, April 13 2012


BALTIMORE, 04-12-12---Fillies and mares take the spotlight in Saturday’s feature offering at Pimlico Race Course, the $75,000 Primonetta Stakes. Recent stakes winner Bold Affair is the 3-1 morning line favorite to capture the 6-furlong test on the main track.

Bold Affair has won five of nine starts for trainer Howard Wolfendale. The Two Punch filly is two for three at Pimlico, including her maiden score in her debut and a third place finish in the Miss Preakness Stakes last year. Her latest effort was a galloping victory in Laurel Park’s Conniver Stakes under Abel Castellano, who retains the mount.

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Sunday, April 08 2012

Ben’s Cat Wins Mister Diz Stakes For Third Straight Year

BALTIMORE, 04-07-12---The remarkable Ben’s Cat added another feather to his already crowded cap when he bounded to victory in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes at Pimlico Race Course Saturday afternoon, his 10th stakes triumph on an already lengthy resume.

Ben’s Cat won the Mister Diz last year when the race was taken off the turf and contested on the main track and took the 2010 version on the Laurel Park grass. Today he bounded to the finish line under Horacio Karamanos, beating front-running Steady Warrior by a neck. He stopped the clock in 57.26 seconds.

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Saturday, April 07 2012

Four Maryland Runners Competing In Saturday’s Triple Crown Preps

BALTIMORE, 04-06-12---Saturday afternoon features three significant prep races on the road to the Triple Crown. Two of the graded events will have a Maryland flavor.

The $500,000 Illinois Derby (G3) at Hawthorne features a full field of 14, including three-based in the Free State: Pretension, Hakama and Done Talking. Local riders Javier Santiago, Julian Pimentel and Sheldon Russell will be aboard, respectively.

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Thursday, April 05 2012

Ben’s Cat Headlines Saturday’s Mister Diz Stakes

Ben’s Cat, the 2011 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, will make his season debut in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes at Pimlico Race Course Saturday afternoon. The 5-furlong test drew six turf specialists.

Maryland Jockey Club handicapper Frank Carulli made Ben’s Cat, the two-time defending champion of the race, the prohibitive 3-5 morning line favorite.

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Sunday, April 01 2012


BALTIMORE, 03-31-12---Sneaky Lil was a $7,500 claimer two weeks ago but a stakes winner today after whipping seven filly and mare rivals in the $50,000 Shine Again Stakes, the feature on opening Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

Sneaky Lil, who paid $14.20, carried Abel Castellano to victory in 1:47 for the 1-1/16th mile distance. Trainer Jamie Ness claimed the daughter of 1996 Preakness winner Louis Quatorze out of her most recent start at Laurel Park.

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Saturday, March 31 2012


BALTIMORE, 03-30-12---Apprentice rider Sarah Rook missed nearly three months after breaking her left collarbone in a spill at Laurel Park January 5. The 25-year-old made a triumphant return with a victory aboard Great Harbour ($7.20) in the seventh race on opening day of the Pimlico spring meet.

“I was locked and loaded with this one,” Rook said. “I starting getting back on horses about three and a half weeks ago and feel really good.”

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