Thursday, May 17 2012
GRADE 2 DIXIE STAKES TOPS PREAKNESS DAY UNDERCARD
BALTIMORE, 05-17-12---Headed by the oldest stakes race in Pimlico Race Course's storied history, the Preakness undercard offers stakes purses worth nearly $1 million.
The $300,000 Dixie Stakes (G2)--first run in 1870 as the Dinner Party Stakes and won by the horse Preakness--tops the list with 11 runners scheduled to go immediately before the Preakness Stakes.
Preakness News-May 17 Notes
DERBY-WINNING JOCKEY PAYS VISIT TO I’LL HAVE ANOTHER; BODEMEISTER TAKES TO THE PIMLICO TRACK FOR FIRST TIME; WENT THE DAY WELL SCHOOLS IN GATE BETWEEN GALLOPS
BALTIMORE, 05-17-12 – Jockey Mario Gutierrez proved again Thursday morning that he could handle himself on stage. The Kentucky Derby winning rider showed confidence and a good sense of humor during a news conference for Saturday’s Preakness outside the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course.
Gutierrez, 25, has been a top jockey at little Hastings Park in Vancouver, B.C. for a few years but had his first taste of national and international attention when he rode I’ll Have Another to victory in the Derby on May 5.
BODEMEISTER MORNING LINE PREAKNESS FAVORITE
BALTIMORE, 05-16-12 – I’ll Have Another was entered Wednesday to continue his Triple Crown quest in the $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1), but Reddam Racing’s Kentucky Derby winner may not be favored to win Pimlico Race Course’s signature race for 3-year-olds on Saturday.
Maryland Jockey Club linemaker Frank Carulli installed Bodemeister, the runner-up to I’ll Have Another in the Kentucky Derby (G1), as the 8-5 morning-line favorite for Preakness 137. I’ll Have Another, who captured the Run for the Roses by 1 ½ lengths over the pacesetting Bodemeister, was rated second at 5-2 in the 11-horse field that will contest the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.
Wednesday, May 16 2012
Preakness News-May 16 Notes
BALTIMORE, 05 -16-12 – Trainer Doug O’Neill said Wednesday that a horse will win the elusive Triple Crown again and that Reddam Racing’s I’ll Have Another might be the right horse in the right situation to complete the sweep.
I’ll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby, finishing 1½ lengths in front of Bodemeister, and is being prepared for the 137th Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. The 11th and last horse to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes was Affirmed in 1978.
Preakness News-May 15 Notes
BALTIMORE– 05-15-12 – Rather than take Reddam Racing’s I’ll Have Another out to exercise on a wet track Tuesday morning, trainer Doug O’Neill opted to keep the Kentucky Derby winner under cover and out of the heavy rain falling at Pimlico Race Course, where he is set to run in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.
“He’s so fit, he’s doing so well, I just decided to walk all the horses this morning. I’m glad I did,” O’Neill said. “We all enjoy a day off from time to time. They all got a day off and the weather forecast is nice starting tomorrow through the weekend, so we can get right back to normal training tomorrow.”
LADY LEGENDS BACK FOR THIRD TOUR OF OLD HILLTOP
BALTIMORE, 05-15-12---Fillies and mares, both equine and human, will be in the spotlight for the third consecutive year on Friday as The People’s Pink Party takes over Pimlico Race Course.
A joint effort between Pimlico and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, the annual springtime event was created in 2010 to help raise money and awareness in the fight against the disease.
Tuesday, May 15 2012
Preakness News-May 14 Notes
BALTIMORE, 05-14-12 – Trainer Bob Baffert on Monday got his first look at Bodemeister since the morning after his brilliant second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The Hall of Fame trainer liked what he saw during his colt’s 1 ½-mile gallop around a muddy oval before confirming the son of Empire Maker for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.
“He looks good, his coat is good and he is eating well,” the five-time Preakness-winning trainer said after Bodemeister completed his activity under exercise rider George Alvarez. “I see no reason not to take him (to Pimlico).”
PIMLICO SPECIAL RETURNS TO BOOST FRIDAY CARD
BALTIMORE, 05-14-12---After a three-year absence, the Pimlico Special returns Friday with a Grade 3 rating, a $300,000 purse and a stellar field of 10 handicap runners. Fifteen of the previous 41 winners earned Horse of the Year honors.
Seven other stakes help comprise the 13-race card including the return of the $300,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) and also featuring the $30,000 Pimlico Female Jockey Challenge, back for its second year, and the Lady Legends for the Cure Race III, a pari-mutuel event between eight retired female riders.
NINE TO LINE UP FOR 88th BLACK-EYED SUSAN
BALTIMORE, 05-14-12---On the one hand, trainer Todd Pletcher is looking for redemption. On the other, it’s all about progression. Pletcher will saddle both Disposablepleasure and In Lingerie in the 88th renewal of the $300,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) on Friday at Pimlico Race Course.
Seven other stakes help comprise the 13-race card including the return of the historic Pimlico Special (G3) and also features the $30,000 Pimlico Female Jockey Challenge, back for its second year, and the Lady Legends for the Cure Race III, a pari-mutuel event featuring eight retired female riders.
Monday, May 14 2012
Preakness News-May 13 Notes
I’LL HAVE ANOTHER’S TRAINER KEEPING BUSY IN BALTIMORE, SECRETARIAT’S JOCKEY VISITS WITH DERBY WINNER’S CREW; TIGER WALK, ZETTERHOLM TURN IN WORKOUTS AT PIMLICO
BALTIMORE -05-13-12 – In the week since Reddam Racing’s I’ll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby, trainer Doug O’Neill has been a gracious celebrity, taking part in many interviews, making appearances and posing for photos. Before his colt went to the track Sunday morning, O’Neill changed roles to a fan, happy to be able to chat with Ron Turcotte, Secretariat’s jockey.
Sunday, May 13 2012
PHYSICAL THERAPIST LENDS HELPFUL HAND TO I’LL HAVE ANOTHER
BALTIMORE, 05-12-12 – Tyler Cerin is a valued member of the I’ll Have Another team whom trainer Doug O’Neill would rather not have to use at Pimlico Race Course during preparations for the 137th Preakness Stakes.
The California-based equine physical therapist’s role is to identify and treat muscular issues that might develop with Reddam Racing’s Kentucky Derby winner. Like a physical therapist who works on humans, Cerin, 24, can serve up an assortment of treatments, including massage and controlled release stretches to relieve the tightness or soreness he finds.
Preakness News-May 12 Notes
BALTIMORE– 05-12-12 – On a sunny Saturday morning at Pimlico Race Course, trainer Doug O’Neill was very enthusiastic about Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another’s chances of winning the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.
“I’m just very pumped the way our colt is settling in and training,” O’Neill said. “I really look for him to repeat in the Preakness.”