Thursday, May 18 2017


Preakness News and Notes: 05.18.2017


Always Dreaming ‘Sitting on Go’ for Saturday’s Preakness
Classic Empire ‘Focused and Happy’ for Morning Gallop
Conquest Mo Money Changing Trainer’s Life

BALTIMORE – After training Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming early Thursday morning, trainer Todd Pletcher told the crowd at the annual Alibi Breakfast that his colt is ready for Saturday’s 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.

“The horse is doing unbelievably well in the two-week turnaround,” Pletcher said. “The way he’s moving, the way he’s acting, the way he’s getting over the track, we feel really blessed that he’s coming into the race this way. I’m someone who has been in a lot of races and lost a lot of races, so I know you don’t want to be overconfident, but I do feel very, very good about the way he’s coming into it.”





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Wednesday, May 17 2017


Preakness: Post Position Draw Quotes


Trainer Todd Pletcher (Always Dreaming, PP No. 4; 4-5) – “Like I said before, I wasn’t overly concerned about where we drew. He was 4 in the Florida Derby, 5 in the Kentucky Derby. He’s generally a very alert horse away from the gate. He’s a good horse standing in the gate. I guess if you were hand selecting wherever you drew maybe you’d like to be outside of Conquest Mo Money. As we know, in a lot of races things change as soon as the gates open. We’ll just let him run his race.”
“I don’t think [Classic Empire being in Post 5] matters, as long as everybody breaks cleanly. I would imagine that Classic Empire is going to keep an eye on where we are. The first and second choices are side by side.”





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Monday, May 15 2017


Preakness News and Notes: 5.15.2017


Always Dreaming Shows His Pre-Derby Edge
Classic Empire Arrives, Settles In at Pimlico
Looking At Lee, Hence Breeze, Due to Arrive Tuesday


BALTIMORE – With a brief display of rambunctious behavior early Monday morning Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming showed trainer Todd Pletcher that he hasn’t lost the edge that helped propel him to victory on May 6 at Churchill Downs.

Pletcher shipped Always Dreaming to the quiet stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course three days after his 2 ¾-length Derby victory to give the colt time to settle in and relax in preparation for a scheduled start in the Saturday’s 142nd Preakness Stakes (G1). That worked well for six days, but on the seventh Always Dreaming released some energy moments after he stepped onto the track at 6 a.m. with exercise rider Nick Bush up.





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Tuesday, May 24 2016


Exaggerator Returns to Track, Nyquist’s Temperature Normal


BALTIMORE – Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Exaggerator was playful and happy Tuesday morning as he returned to the track at Pimlico Race Course.

“We’re really pleased with him,” said assistant trainer Julie Clark. “I was just talking to the groom and even after two races back-to-back it still doesn’t look like he’s lost any weight…He’s doing great. It would be nice to have a little bit of a break from him sometimes because he’s always on his toes and squealing around, but it’s good to see.”





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Monday, May 23 2016


Exaggerator Takes a Walk, Back to Track Tuesday


BALTIMORE, MD – Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Exaggerator took a walk around the shedrow Monday morning at Pimlico Race Course two days after winning the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown by 3 ½ lengths.

Trainer Keith Desormeaux said Exaggerator, runner-up to Preakness favorite Nyquist May 7 in the Kentucky Derby (G1), was doing well and could be back on the track Tuesday.





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Sunday, May 22 2016


Exaggerator Gives Thrilling Homecoming to Desormeauxs in Preakness


Winner of Middle Jewel of Triple Crown Turns Tables on Nyquist
Handle and Attendance Records Set

BALTIMORE
– Exaggerator turned the tables on previously undefeated Nyquist Saturday at Pimlico, providing a thrilling homecoming for brothers Kent and Keith Desormeaux with a commanding 3 ½-length triumph in Saturday’s 141st Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.

The Keith Desormeaux-trained 3-year-old, who finished second behind Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby (G1) two weeks ago at Churchill Downs, was the recipient of a ground-saving ride from jockey Kent Desormeaux to prevail over 10 rivals in the $1.5 million Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.





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Post-Race Preakness interview


An Interview with:

MATT BRYAN
SOL KUMIN
RONNIE ORTOWSKI
KEITH DESORMEAUX
KENT DESORMEAUX

Q. Keith, you talked all week about the young three year olds, who can mature from week to week, race to race and you said that might be the difference between winning today and not. And it looked like that was a good read on your part when Kent's bringing him home to the wire, what's going through your mind?
KEITH DESORMEAUX: What you said, that's part of the equation. But the most important thing is this horse is I've repeated this for two weeks is his ability to recover from his efforts. And he recovered from the Derby quickly. Even today, first comment, when he pulled up here at the winner's circle was, Keith, he cooled out already.
And the horse has his heart rate was down again. His respiratory rate was almost to normal and you could see a real calm look in his eyes.
Most horses when they run that huge effort, they're bug eyed and rattled and sweated up even. He was totally calm. So it's partly due because he gets over this track in like a duck to water for lack of a better cliche.
But that's the main reason, his ability to recover.






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Thursday, May 19 2016


Nyquist 3-5 Morning-Line Favorite for Saturday’s Preakness


Undefeated Kentucky Derby Hero Draws No. 3 Post
Derby Runner-Up Exaggerator Rated Second at 3-1
Preakness Card Features 6 Guaranteed Pools Totaling $4.15 Million

BALTIMORE
– Reddam Racing LLC’s Nyquist was installed as the 3-5 morning-line favorite following Wednesday’s post position draw for Saturday’s 141st running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.

The undefeated Kentucky Derby (G1) hero is scheduled to meet 10 rivals in the $1.5 million Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, breaking from the No. 3 post position under jockey Mario Gutierrez. Trained by Doug O’Neill, the son of Uncle Mo captured the May 7 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs by a comfortable 1 ¼ lengths, maintaining his unblemished record with his eighth career victory and fifth Grade 1 stakes success.





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Friday, May 13 2016


O’Neill Feels ‘Positive Energy’ from Nyquist


Derby Winner Jogs 2 Miles with ‘Great Energy’

Lani on Course to Make Preakness History

BALTIMORE
– Trainer Doug O’Neill rejoined Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist at Pimlico Thursday morning after spending the previous few days overseeing his Southern California-based stable. The veteran conditioner liked what he saw in the 3-year-old son of Uncle Mo, who is scheduled to continue his Triple Crown quest in the 141st Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico May 21.

“He looks fantastic. The guys are all happy. He’s a horse that gives off such positive vibes,” O’Neill said. “He still continues to talk to us in his own way, and he’s doing really well.”





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Familiar Faces Return to Pimlico with Team O’Neill


Nyquist Camp Looks to Duplicate 2012 Preakness Success

BALTIMORE
- Four years after his first Preakness victory, trainer Doug O’Neill and a very familiar crew are back at Pimlico Race Course with another Kentucky Derby winner. About the only noticeable change is the horse. In 2012, it was I’ll Have Another. This year’s star for the May 21 Preakness Stakes is Nyquist.





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Saturday, May 16 2015


PREAKNESS STAKES QUOTES


Winning trainer Bob Baffert (American Pharoah): “What a day for Baltimore. They really needed this after all they’ve been through. I’m really happy for them. I just love coming here.”

“He’s just an amazing horse. Everyone talks about the greatness and it’s just starting to show now. To me, they have to prove it. Today the way he did it, he just ran so fast. Iit was like poetry in motion.”





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Friday, May 15 2015


PREAKNESS NEWS & NOTES - 5.15


Justin Zayat Living the Dream with American Pharoah
Firing Line Has a ‘Good Morning’ at Pimlico
Casse Expects Less Stressful Trip for Danzig Moon

BALTIMORE – With his obligations as a student at New York University completed, Justin Zayat, racing manager for Zayat Stables, spent Friday morning at Pimlico Race Course checking up on his family’s Kentucky Derby (G1) winner, American Pharoah.





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