Sunday, May 15 2011


SANTIVA DEFECTION MAKES ROOM FOR SWAY AWAY


BALTIMORE – 05-14-11 – Sway Away did not get to run in the Kentucky Derby due to insufficient graded stakes money, and it was beginning to look like a similar fate might befall the son of Afleet Alex for the Preakness Stakes.

However, the defection of Santiva Saturday has cleared the way for Sway Away to be included in the prospective 14-horse field for the middle jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico on May 21, barring unforeseen developments.





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GEHLSEN, STICK WIN PREAKNESS 5K TITLES


BALTIMORE, 05-14-11---Preakness week unofficially started this morning at Pimlico Race Course with the running of the “Down the Stretch for SGK” Preakness 5k. All 784 runners began the race by breaking off through the starting gate. The entire 3.1 mile race took place on Pimlico property, which included one trip around the famous dirt course, finishing in the famed Infield.

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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Saturday, May 14 2011


NORMAN ASBJORNSON, MR. COMMONS WORK FOR MIDDLE JEWEL OF TRIPLE CROWN


BALTIMORE – 05-13-11 – Trainer Chris Grove loaded Norman Asbjornson onto a van at Bowie Training Center Friday morning for a short ride to Pimlico Race Course, where the 3-year-old colt was given his final workout for the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes on May 21.

With jockey Julian Pimentel aboard, the son of 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Real Quiet breezed five furlongs in 1:02 1/5.





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Friday, May 13 2011


ZITO GOES TO BAT FOR THE GROVE FAMILY


BALTIMORE , 05-12-11 – Negotiations to purchase Triple Crown nominee Norman Asbjornson last March fell through, but trainer Nick Zito certainly doesn’t hold any hard feelings towards the connections of the 3-year-old colt. In fact, Zito has become a big supporter of the Preakness hopeful’s trainer, Chris Grove.

Grove, in turn, has become a huge fan of the Hall of Fame trainer, who has taken a personal and financial interest in Grove’s son, Noah, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2004 and underwent a life-saving, through-the-knee amputation. After learning about Noah’s story during a phone conversation with Grove in March, Zito did some research and contacted Grove about donating to the annual wiffle ball tournament held in Frederick for the benefit of the Noah’s Courage Foundation of the Georgetown University Hospital.





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Preakness News-May 12 Notes 2011


MOTION DREAMING OF PREAKNESS VICTORY WITH KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER
NORMAN ASBJORNSON TO WORK FIVE-FURLONGS AT PIMLICO FRIDAY MORNING

BALTIMORE, 05-12-11 --Graham Motion was accompanied by family dogs, Bentley and Ginger, on the walk to the racetrack Thursday morning to supervise the training of his horses in the bucolic setting of Fair Hill Training Center.

“I told my wife, Anita, ‘It’s one step closer to normalcy,’ ”said Motion, whose life and career were caught up in a whirlwind of attention in the direct aftermath of Animal Kingdom’s 20-1 upset victory in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs last Saturday.





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Thursday, May 12 2011


SUSAN FABER NAMED 2011 MS. PREAKNESS PINK WARRIOR


BALTIMORE, 05-12-11---Susan Faber has been named Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior for the 136th Preakness® Stakes. Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior will serve as the official Preakness ambassador at all events leading up to and including the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown.

Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, have developed a partnership to raise funds to aid awareness and research that will take place on Black-Eyed Susan Day, Friday, May 20. Fifty percent of the monies raised will go to the Komen Maryland Affiliate to use for community outreach programs in Maryland and 50% will be used for life-saving breast cancer research.





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Preakness News-May 11 2011 Notes


BALTIMORE, 05-11-11 --- Team Valor International’s Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom visited the track at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. for the first time Wednesday as he began preparations for the 136th Preakness Stakes on May 21.

Trainer Graham Motion sent the son of turf champion Leroidesanimaux out to the track at 8:30 a.m. for his first piece of exercise since the colt captured the Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Animal Kingdom walked Sunday and Monday and spent much of Tuesday in a van on the trip from Kentucky to the Motion’s barn at the training center in Cecil County, 60 miles northeast of Pimlico Race Course.





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Wednesday, May 11 2011


ANIMAL KINGDOM BACK HOME AT FAIR HILL, WILL TRAIN AT 8:30 A.M. WEDNESDAY


BALTIMORE, 05-10-11 --- Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Animal Kingdom returned to his home base at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. Tuesday and is scheduled to jog on the main track at the complex at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Trainer Graham Motion said the van was expected to arrive late in the afternoon. After a couple of days of jogging, the Team Valor International homebred is expected to gallop daily. Motion said he hasn’t decided whether Animal Kingdom will work before the Preakness





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PREAKNESS EXPERIENCE TO INCLUDE CELEBRITY HOST STACY KEIBLER AND CHEF MIKE ISABELLA


BALTIMORE, 05-10-11---The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that reality television stars Stacy Keibler and Mike Isabella will be part of the Preakness® Stakes experience on Saturday, May 21 at Pimlico Race Course.

Keibler, who graduated from Catholic High School, attended Towson University and was a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader before heading into the entertainment business as an actress and model after a successful stint in professional wrestling and “Dancing With The Stars”, will be introducing the performers on the main stage and interacting with the crowd in the beer garden as the official “celebrity host” of Preakness InfieldFEST, a role she performed in 2009.





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Monday, May 09 2011


KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER ANIMAL KINGDOM RETURNS TO MARYLAND TUESDAY


BALTIMORE, 05-09-11 --- A total of 20 horses remain in consideration for the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) on Saturday, May 21.

Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Animal Kingdom is likely to have plenty of competition as the Triple Crown series moves to historic Pimlico Race Course. Six other Derby runners Nehro, Mucho Macho Man, Shackleford, Sativa, Dialed In and Midnight Interlude remain as candidates for the Preakness.

The Preakness field is limited to 14 starters.





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MOTION “EXCITED” ABOUT KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER ANIMAL KINGDOM AND THE PREAKNESS STAKES


BALTIMORE, 05-08-11---The eyes of the horse racing world shift from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course as the Triple Crown players set their sights on Baltimore for the 136th running of the Preakness® Stakes on Saturday, May 21.

This morning, Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Graham Motion informed Pimlico officials, including track president Tom Chuckas, that he is “excited” about Animal Kingdom’s chances in the middle jewel. Chuckas called Motion shortly after his appearance on NBC’s “Today” show to congratulate the Maryland-based conditioner on his Derby victory with the Team Valor International homebred and to personally invite him to the Preakness.





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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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