Friday, August 27 2010
MI DEVELOPMENTS ANNOUNCES CREATION OF PREAKNESS $5.5 MILLION BONUS PROGRAM
August 27, 2010, Aurora, Ontario, Canada – MI Developments Inc. ("MID") (TSX: MIM.A, MIM.B; NYSE: MIM), in conjunction with MID’s premier racing properties, Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields, Pimlico Race Course and XpressBet Inc., announced today the introduction of the all new PREAKNESS 5.5., a historic and unique bonus program which could award an additional $5.5 million in bonuses to the winner of the 2011 Preakness Stakes. The bonus will be shared between the owner ($5 million) and the trainer ($500,000).
The Preakness 5.5 is designed to allow both east and west coast based three-year-olds to qualify by having the preliminary races at Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields.
Monday, May 17 2010
TRAINER BOB BAFFERT FEELING ‘LUCKY’ AT PIMLICO; PREAKNESS WINNER TO SIT OUT BELMONT STAKES
Trainer Bob Baffert broke form the morning after the Preakness, beating several reporters to the stakes barn. Rarely an early bird, Baffert’s appearance shortly after 6 a.m. was a far bigger surprise than Lookin At Lucky’s victory by three-quarters of a length in Saturday’s 135th Preakness Stakes.
Baffert said that the colt came out of the race in good condition, but was being given some time off and would not compete in the Belmont Stakes on June 5. However, there may be a Baffert-trained horse in the Belmont, the final leg of the Triple Crown series: Lone Star Derby winner Game on Dude. Noting that Preakness runner-up First Dude was likely to go on to the Belmont, Baffert said it would be the “Battle of the Dudes.”
Saturday, May 15 2010
Lookin At Lucky Rebounds in Preakness Stakes
BALTIMORE, 05-15-10 – Karl Watson, Michael E. Pegram & Paul Weitman’s Lookin At Lucky rebounded from a disappointing performance in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago to prevail over 11 rivals by three-quarters of a length in the 135th running of the $1,000,000 Preakness Stakes Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
A crowd of 95,760 witnessed rising star Martin Garcia ride his first winner in a Triple Crown race and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert receive the Woodlawn Vase for the fifth time. A total of $79,209,170 was wagered on the 13-race program.
Friday, May 14 2010
Preakness News-May 14 News 2010
SUPER SAVER/AIKENITE – After galloping a little over a mile on Super Saver Friday morning, exercise rider Kevin Willey told trainer Todd Pletcher that he thinks the colt has improved since winning the Kentucky Derby on May 1. About an hour later, during a meeting with the media, Pletcher smiled when the comment was mentioned.
“I hope he’s right,” Pletcher said.
Thursday, May 13 2010
Preakness News-May 13 2010
SUPER SAVER/AIKENITE – Both of trainer Todd Pletcher’s Preakness horses visited the track at Pimlico Thursday morning for some light exercise, a one-mile jog. Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver left the Preakness Stakes Barn for the track at 6:30 a.m., shortly after Derby Trial runner-up Aikenite returned.
The colts shipped to Pimlico from Churchill Downs Wednesday and Pletcher said they have settled into their new surroundings. Super Saver drew the No.8 post position for the 135th Preakness and is the 5-2 morning-line favorite, while Dogwood Stable’s Aikenite drew the No. 1 post.
GRADE 2 DIXIE HEADLINES PREAKNESS DAY UNDERCARD
BALTIMORE, 05-13-10---Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard got off to a rousing start in the National Steeplechase Association standings this spring and now he will attempt to apply his imprint to the two major turf races on the Preakness Day undercard.
Sheppard will saddle the overnight favorites in both the Grade 2, $200,000 Dixie and the Grade 3, $100,000 Gallorette Handicap to highlight the six stakes races that will precede the 135th Preakness at Pimlico Race Course Saturday.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.