Sunday, May 01 2011


POCKET PATCH CRUISES TO HENRY CLARK STAKES VICTORY


BALTIMORE, 04-30-11---Charles McGill’s Pocket Patch was the surprise winner of today’s feature at Pimlico Race Course, the $75,000 Henry S. Clark Stakes.

Returning to the races after a six-month absence, the Flint Stites trainee broke alertly in the one mile test which was contested over the firm turf. With Jonathan Joyce at the controls, the Partner’s Hero offspring tracked pacesetter Crimson Comic down the backstretch, forged to the lead heading into the turn and galloped home safely from there.





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Saturday, April 30 2011


SARAH ROOK WINS WITH FIRST PROFESSIONAL MOUNT


BALTIMORE, 04-29-11---Ten-pound apprentice jockey Sarah Rook, who rode in an amateur race at Pimlico Race Course last week, broke her maiden with her first career mount in Friday’s second race.

Rook was aboard 7-5 favorite Emosewa for trainer Dickie Small. They were next to last entering the stretch, edged closer to the pacesetters a furlong out, then dove between runners nearing the wire and won by two lengths in 1:15.67. The Smarty Jones filly paid $4.80.





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Thursday, April 28 2011


ELEVEN EXPECTED IN SATURDAY’S HENRY CLARK STAKES


BALTIMORE, 04-28-11---Graded stakes winner Baletti ships from Fair Hill Training Center on Saturday to face ten other older runners in the grassy $75,000 Henry S. Clark Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

Baletti (2-1) was claimed by Michael Pino out of his most recent start, a victory over optional claimers at Gulfstream Park at Saturday’s one mile distance. The son of Gulch has competed in graded stakes races in eight of his last 12 starts, including a victory in the Grade III Ft. Marcy Stakes at Belmont Park last year. Luis Garcia will ride the seven-year-old who has finished on the board in 17 of 29 lifetime starts.





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Sunday, April 24 2011


BALTIMORE BELLE DIGS IN FOR DAHLIA STAKES SCORE


BALTIMORE, 04-23-11---R. Larry Johnson’s Baltimore Belle wore down the frontrunner to win today’s feature at Pimlico Race Course, the $75,000 Dahlia Stakes for fillies and mares. The Dahlia had been scheduled to be run over the turf but was switched to the main track because of a drenching rain in Baltimore on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Julian Pimentel was atop Baltimore Belle for trainer Mike Trombetta. He kept the filly racing comfortably in third through the far turn before circling wide into the lane and driving past Volare Cantare a furlong from the wire and catching Weeper in deep stretch. Baltimore Belle won by 1-3/4 lengths and completed the 1-1/16th mile distance in 1:46.69.





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Friday, April 22 2011


DAHLIA STAKES HEADLINES SATURDAY’S 11-RACE CARD


BALTIMORE, 04-21-11---Eleven fillies and mares have been entered in Saturday’s feature attraction at Pimlico Race Course, the $75,000 Dahlia Stakes, which is scheduled for one mile over the turf. First post for the 11-race card is 1:10 p.m.

Nine of the eleven are making their first start of the year on the grass, including the 9-5 favorite Daveron. Graham Motion trains the German-bred, who won two races in New York last year. The 6-year-old mare came into the Motion barn in late summer and won Belmont Park’s 1-1/4 mile Scoot Stakes, followed by a runner-up finish in the mile and one half Grade III Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct. Eddie Castro was aboard both times and retains the mount.





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Tuesday, April 19 2011


PREAKNESS 5K SET FOR SATURDAY, MAY 14


Entire Race Takes Place At Pimlico Race Course With Proceeds Benefitting The Maryland Affiliate Of Susan G. Komen For The Cure®

BALTIMORE, 04-18-11---The Maryland Jockey Club and sports marketing and event management company Corrigan Sports Enterprises, Inc. (CSE) announced today the return of the “Down the Stretch for SGK” Preakness 5k. The race will take place Saturday, May 14 at Pimlico Race Course with part of the proceeds benefitting the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

For the second consecutive year runners will be able to compete on the historic Pimlico dirt course, where champion thoroughbreds like Secretariat and Seabiscuit once ran, and finish in the legendary Infield. In 2010, nearly 600 runners took part with Steve Jacobs, from Linthicum, Md., taking overall top honors in an impressive time of 17:42. Sherry Stick of Eldersburg, Md. (19:36) was the female champion.





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Friday, April 15 2011


BLUEGRASS ATATUDE “IMPRESSIVE” IN WINNING FIRST TWO-YEAR-OLD RACE OF THE YEAR


BALTIMORE, 04-15-11---The first race for 2-year-olds in Maryland this year was won today at Pimlico Race Course by the promising filly Bluegrass Atatude, who is trained by John Salzman, Jr. This was the third year in a row that Salzman had won the first baby race of the season, following future stakes winners Gator Prowl and Twelve Pack Shelly. Ten of the last 12 years, the winner of the first juvenile race in the state has been conditioned by a Salzman (John Sr., Tim or John Jr.).

Bluegrass Atatude, a chestnut daughter of Two Punch, was the second choice in the wagering in the 4-1/2 furlong test on the main track. She had produced three bullet workouts leading up to her debut.





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Thursday, April 14 2011


SATURDAY’S PRIMONETTA STAKES A WIDE-OPEN AFFAIR


BALTIMORE, 04-14-11---Saturday’s $75,000 Primonetta Stakes at Pimlico Race Course might bring together as many as seven fillies and mares, depending on who stays and who goes elsewhere. Both Sweet Goodbye and Five Diamonds are cross-entered in Saturday night’s $250,000 Sugar Maple Stakes at Charles Town .

Neither Sweet Goodbye nor Five Diamonds is the program favorite in the six-furlong Primonetta. That honor goes to Wind Caper (8-5), who ships to Pimlico from Michael Hushion’s barn at Belmont Park. The daughter of Touch Gold rose from the claiming ranks to post three straight on-the-board finishes against stakes company this winter in New York. Sheldon Russell picks up the mount.





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Monday, April 11 2011


97-1 SHOT WINS SUNDAY’S THIRD RACE IN THREE-WAY PHOTO FINISH


BALTIMORE, 04-10-11---Wesley Ho and Helvi didn’t see the lead until the very last jump, but when the photo was made official, the Lori Testerman trained runner had lit up the odds board in Pimlico Race Course’s third race on the Sunday afternoon card at odds of 97-1, winning a three-way blanket finish over Patrol Leader and Night Trooper.

A field of ten $5,000 claimers contested the six-furlong event. Helvi was listed at 30-1 on the program, with just two victories in 26 starts and started from the outside post.





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Saturday, April 09 2011


BEN’S CAT REPEATS IN MISTER DIZ STAKES


BALTIMORE, 04-09-11---The Jim Stable’s Ben’s Cat carried Jeremy Rose to a repeat score in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes, today’s feature offering at Pimlico Race Course.

Bred, owned and trained by the legendary King Leatherbury, Ben’s Cat was winning for the ninth time in twelve lifetime starts. The son of Parker’s Storm Cat has won four stakes since his debut as a four-year-old last year but this was his first added money victory racing on the main track.





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Friday, April 08 2011


BLACK-EYED SUSAN DAY CARD TO BEGIN AT NOON


BALTIMORE, 04-08-11---Pimlico Race Course officials today announced post time for Black-Eyed Susan day, Friday May 20 has moved from 12:15 p.m. to noon.

The Preakness eve card features seven stakes races, six for fillies and mares, headlined by the Grade II Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. Pimlico has partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® for the return of The People’s Pink Party.





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BEN’S CAT RETURNS TO TURF FOR SATURDAY’S MISTER DIZ STAKES


BALTIMORE, 04-07-11---The improbable success of Ben’s Cat was one of the more intriguing storylines on the Maryland racing scene in 2010. Saturday afternoon, the King Leatherbury homebred will try to stay unbeaten on the grass in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, a race he won a year ago.

The former claimer, whose debut had been put on hold due to a broken pelvis, reeled off eight straight wins during his 4-year-old campaign from May 8 through Nov. 24, including three stakes wins on the Laurel Park turf course. The gelding has not won since November but has been competitive in three stakes efforts, including a fourth place finish in the Grade 2 General George Handicap in his last start.





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