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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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Monday, April 04 2011


DIALED IN ELIGIBLE FOR PREAKNESS 5.5 BONUS AFTER FLORIDA DERBY SCORE


BALTIMORE, 04-03-11---With his victory in Sunday afternoon’s Grade 1 Florida Derby, Dialed In becomes eligible for the Preakness 5.5 bonus. Last summer MI Developments Inc. (MID), the majority owner of the Maryland Jockey Club, announced a pair of historic and unique bonus programs centered around Pimlico Race Course’s premier 3-year old races, called the “Preakness 5.5” and “Black-Eyed Susan 2.2”. The Nick Zito trainee also captured the Holy Bull Stakes earlier in the Gulfstream Park meet. Soldat was also eligible heading into the race after winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes on Feb. 26 but finished off the board as the betting favorite.

Both programs allowed east and west coast based 3-year-olds to qualify for the bonus in the Grade 1 Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown on the third Saturday in May or the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan, which headlines the Preakness eve card, by having the preliminary races at Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and Portland Meadows, also MID tracks.





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Sunday, April 03 2011


D DAY DOMINATES IN SHINE AGAIN STAKES


BALTIMORE, 04-02-11---Samuel F. Cronk’s D Day ran by the pacesetters and drew away to a handy score in the opening weekend feature at Pimlico Race Course, the $50,000 Shine Again Stakes for fillies and mares.

Craftily ridden by Jeremy Rose, the 6-year-old launched her bid around the far turn in the 1/16th mile test, coming off the rail to swing widest into the stretch before blowing past speedsters Lily Quatorze and Trez to win in hand by 4-3/4 lengths. 40-1 longshot Grandiloquent came along late to edge out Amelia’s Brio for second.





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Saturday, April 02 2011


DALE CAPUANO CAPTURES TWO ON OPENING DAY OF PIMLICO SPRING MEETING


BALTIMORE, 04-01-11---Dale Capuano has won 18 training titles at Pimlico Race Course, including eight of nine spring meets from 1997-2005. Today, the 48-year-old conditioner jumped out in front of the pack with two wins on the opening afternoon of the 2011 spring stand.

After kicking off the day with a pair of second place finishes in races two and three, Capuano captured the sixth race, a $20,000 claimer with Key to a Cure ($17.20), who won for the second consecutive start. One race later, the barn delivered back-to-back victories when Some ($10.80) rallied to break her maiden.





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Friday, April 01 2011


EIGHT FILLIES AND MARES SEEK BLACK TYPE IN SHINE AGAIN STAKES


BALTIMORE, 03-31-11---Eight fillies and mares will meet in Saturday’s $50,000 Shine Again Stakes, the first of twenty-two black type races to be offered during Pimlico’s marquee spring meeting.

Maryland Jockey Club oddsmaker Frank Carulli has made D Day the 5-2 morning line favorite to add a stakes victory to her resume. The Sam Crock trainee, who is making her 2011 debut, will ship from Delaware Park and carry Jeremy Rose in the 1-1/16th mile test. The daughter of Polish Miner has not won a race since January 2009.





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Wednesday, March 30 2011


PIMLICO SPRING MEETING OPENS FRIDAY AFTERNOON


BALTIMORE, 03-30-11---Live racing in Maryland shifts to historic Pimlico Race Course Friday, April 1 for the spring meeting. The headline event of the eight-week stand is the 136th running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, on May 21. The marquee meet of the Maryland racing season, which ends with the Preakness Day card, will feature 22 stakes races for purses of $2.9 million. Preakness weekend features 16 stakes races for nearly $2.5 million.

“There is something unique about being at Pimlico during the spring,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “With Preakness about 50 days away, the entire staff gets energized. We are looking forward to a tremendous meet, highlighted by a spectacular Preakness week.”





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Tuesday, March 29 2011


MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB LAUNCHES 2011 INFIELDFEST ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN


Baltimore, MD (Tuesday, March 29, 2011) —The Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) today launched the 2011 Preakness InfieldFest campaign, “The Legend of Kegasus”. Kegasus is the Lord of the InfieldFest and a modern twist on a mythical centaur. Serving as the voice and personality for all advertisements, Kegasus can be found in all of the campaign’s components to include television, radio, out-of-home and web.

“We are excited to be launching this campaign and look forward to watching this image grow throughout the course of its eight-week run,” Tom Chuckas, Maryland Jockey Club president said. “Kegasus speaks directly to our InfieldFest demographic with his no-nonsense personality and total embodiment of a good time.”





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Monday, March 21 2011


MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB SELECTS MEXICO TO HOST INTERNATIONAL PAVILION AT THE 2011 PREAKNESS STAKES


Baltimore, 03-21-11---The Maryland Jockey Club announced today the selection of Mexico as the Host Nation of the 2011 International Pavilion at the Preakness Stakes. With this designation, the Embassy of Mexico and Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan will serve as Honorary Hosts welcoming distinguished guests and dignitaries from Washington D.C.’s diplomatic and international business communities to historic Pimlico Race Course for the annual running of the Preakness® Stakes. The Preakness will take place on Saturday, May 21.

“In just one year, the International Pavilion has become the premier destination at Pimlico on Preakness Day and we are delighted to partner with the Embassy of Mexico and Ambassador Sarukhan in bringing the international community to the annual running of the Preakness,” stated Tom Chuckas, President of the Maryland Jockey Club.





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Monday, March 14 2011


GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS BRUNO MARS AND TRAIN TO HEADLINE INFIELD CONCERT ON PREAKNESS DAY


BALTIMORE, 03-14-11---The Maryland Jockey Club today announced 2011 Preakness InfieldFEST will include performances by recent Grammy Award winners Bruno Mars and Train. Both bands will play extended sets on the main stage in the public Infield on Saturday, May 21 at Pimlico Race Course when the Maryland Jockey Club, North America's oldest sporting organization, hosts the 136th renewal of the Preakness® Stakes.

The annual running of the Preakness is an American Institution. First contested in 1873, it is one of thoroughbred horse racing's most valued Grade 1 stakes races. Now one of the largest single-day sporting events in the United States, "The People's Race...The People's Party" has hosted up to 121,263 for the pivotal middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown at famed Pimlico.





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Tuesday, February 22 2011


NBC SPORTS GROUP REASSEMBLES TRIPLE CROWN


NEW YORK – February 22, 2011 – The NBC Sports Group will broadcast all three legs of horse racing’s prestigious Triple Crown, renewing the rights to the Preakness Stakes and reacquiring rights to the Belmont Stakes. As previously announced, NBC and Churchill Downs, Inc. renewed rights to the Kentucky Derby. This marks the first time that all three races will be on one network since NBC aired them in 2005. The agreements were announced today by Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Sports Group, Tom Chuckas, President and Chief Operating Officer, Maryland Jockey Club, and C. Steven Duncker, NYRA Chairman. Like NBC Sports’ agreement with Churchill Downs, each agreement announced today gives NBC exclusive rights to the Preakness and Belmont through 2015.





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