Wednesday, May 12 2010


Super Saver Favored In Preakness After Post Position Draw


BALTIMORE, 05-12-10 – Kentucky Derby hero Super Saver was installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite Wednesday in a field of 12 entered for Saturday’s 135th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

The Todd Pletcher-trained colt, who led the way to the finish at Churchill Downs in the Derby by 2 ½ lengths, was first again at the Post Position Draw, during which his name was called first when assigned the No. 8 stall in the starting gate.





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Super Saver, 8 Others Arrive


BALTIMORE, Md. – Super Saver, who captured the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 1, arrived at Pimlico Race Course Wednesday afternoon in a quest to add Saturday’s 135th Preakness Stakes to his Triple Crown resume.

The Todd Pletcher-trained colt was just one of nine Preakness entrants on a Baltimore-bound flight that originated in Southern California and stopped in Louisville, Ky., where the Santa Anita-based Caracortado was joined by the Derby winner, Lookin At Lucky, Paddy O’Prado, First Dude, Jackson Bend, Aikenite, Pleasant Prince and Yawanna Twist.





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Preakness News-May 12 2010


SUPER SAVER/AIKENITE – Trainer Todd Pletcher’s Preakness runners, Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and Derby Trail runner-up Aikenite, left Churchill Downs Wednesday morning before being loaded onto the Baltimore-bound plane that carried the bulk of the 12-horse field for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

“They’re on their way,” Pletcher said. “They went out for a real light gallop this morning and are headed this way.”





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Injury Knocks Hurricane Ike Out Of Field


Baltimore, 05-12-10 – An unspecified injury to his left hind leg discovered Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs will prevent Hurricane Ike from competing in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

“My horse isn’t so fine. It’s something that came up this morning. I got a call telling me that he was off behind,” said trainer John Sadler from Hollywood Park after receiving the disheartening news from assistant trainer Larry Benevidez, who has been overseeing the colt’s day-to-day training at Churchill Downs.





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Tuesday, May 11 2010


FIRST PREAKNESS HOPEFULS ARRIVE AT PIMLICO


BALTIMORE, 05-11-10– The first two members of the field for the 135th Preakness Stakes, Dublin and Northern Giant, arrived a little later than expected early Tuesday evening at Pimlico Race Course.

The vans carrying the colts trained by five-time Preakness winner D. Wayne Lukas pulled into the stable area at 5:52 p.m. The van, which left Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. also delivered the filly Tidal Pool, the morning-line favorite for the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes to be run Friday afternoon, and the 4-year-old colt Flying Private, who was fourth in last year’s Preakness.





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LADY LEGENDS RACE AND JOCKEY CHALLENGE SPARK BLACK-EYED SUSAN DAY CARD


BALTIMORE, 05-11-10---Twenty-five years ago, Patti “PJ” Cooksey arrived at Pimlico Race Course as the first female jockey to ride in its signature race, the Preakness® Stakes.

Now 52 and living in Kentucky, Cooksey returns to Baltimore this week to break new ground again in the inaugural Lady Legends for the Cure Race™, the first pari-mutuel race featuring retired champion female jockeys, on Friday, May 14.





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Preakness News-May 11 2010


EVERYTHING IS ON ‘GO’ WITH DERBY STAR SUPER SAVER; FIELD OF 13 LIKELY AFTER THE DEFECTION OF ‘IMPAZIBLE’

SUPER SAVER/AIKENITE/MISSION IMPAZIBLE – Kentucky Derby winner and likely Preakness favorite Super Saver walked Tuesday at Churchill Downs, on the morning after he breezed three furlongs in :36.60.

“He came out of the work very well,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “Everything is on ‘go,’ so we’re planning on getting on the plane in the morning.”





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Preakness News-May 10 2010


SUPER SAVER/AIKENITE/MISSION IMPAZIBLE – Super Saver, WinStar Farm’s Kentucky Derby winner, tuned up for the Preakness Stakes with a three-furlong breeze in :36.60 Monday morning at Churchill Downs. Trainer Todd Pletcher also watched Preakness prospect Mission Impazible breeze three furlongs in :36.40 Monday. Pletcher’s third Preakness horse, Aikenite, walked the morning after his breeze.

Jockey Calvin Borel, who picked up his third Derby win in four years on May 1, was aboard for Super Saver’s work following the renovation break. The move was the fifth-fastest of 29 at the distance. Pletcher said the colt galloped out four furlongs in :49.20 and five-eighths in 1:02.





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Monday, May 10 2010


Preakness News-May 9 2010


SUPER SAVER/AIKENITE/MISSION IMPAZIBLE – Super Saver, WinStar Farm’s Kentucky Derby winner, stood in the starting gate and galloped a mile and an eighth under Kevin Willey at Churchill Downs Sunday morning. The Maria’s Mon colt is scheduled to breeze a half-mile Tuesday morning under Calvin Borel, who rode him to victory in the Derby by more than two lengths.

“He was well behaved at the gate,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “He was calm, cool and collected. He is very professional and has always been that way. It is a huge edge when you have a horse with talent that also has the proper mind-set.”





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Saturday, May 08 2010


Preakness 5 K & Ms Pink Warrior Named


BALTIMORE, 05-08-10---Preakness week unofficially started this morning at Pimlico Race Course with the running of the Preakness 5K. Nearly 600 runners took part in the run, which started on the famed Pimlico oval and ended in the Infield. The route included a tour of the nearby Mt. Washington neighborhood.

Baltimore sports marketing and event management company Corrigan Sports Enterprises, Inc. (CSE) organized the event. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.





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Preakness News-May 8 2010


BALTIMORE, 05-08-10---With just four days before the post position draw, the field for the 135th running of the Preakness® Stakes is in sharper focus. The $1 million classic is the headline event of next Saturday’s card at historic Pimlico Race Course. The middle jewel should feature double digit starters for the 16th time in 19 years.

About 2,650 miles from Old Hilltop at Santa Anita Park, Caracortado punched his ticket to the Preakness with a bullet seven furlong work with regular rider Paul Atkinson. The son of Cat Dreams stopped the clock in 1:24.60, the faster of two works at the distance. The gelding won the first five races of his career, including the Grade 2 Robert Lewis Stakes, but has not raced since a troubled fourth place finish in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on April 3.





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Friday, May 07 2010


Preakness News-May 7 2010


PLETCHER HAPPY WITH THE ADDED ATTENTION LEADING INTO PREAKNESS
CASTELLANO TO RIDE AIKENITE IN MIDDLE JEWEL
NOBLE’S PROMISE & CONVEYANCE OFFICIALLY OUT BUT THE MAY 15 CLASSIC COULD STILL HAVE A FULL FIELD

BALTIMORE, 05-07-10---The two weeks in-between the runnings of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes bring plenty of local and national attention to the thoroughbred racing industry. For winning trainer Todd Pletcher, who conditions 175 horses, it has meant more interviews than usual.

According to Pletcher publicist Kelly Wietsma, Pletcher did extended interviews with NBC Sports, USA Today, WNBC-TV, MSG Network and took part in a NTRA National teleconference, in addition to his daily 10 a.m. conversations with the Pimlico communications department.





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