Monday, May 23 2011
Preakness News-May 22 2011
SHACKLEFORD LOOKING GOOD AFTER PREAKNESS WIN ANIMAL KINGDOM FINE AFTER SECOND-PLACE FINISH
BALTIMORE – 05-22-11 – Trainer Dale Romans returned to the Preakness Stakes Barn shortly after 7:30 a.m. Sunday with trays of Starbucks drinks for media members who arrived for updates on his impressive winner of the Middle Jewel of racing’s Triple Crown.
Sunday, May 22 2011
Shackleford Holds Off Animal Kingdom In Preakness Stakes
BALTIMORE – 05-21-11 – After pressing a fast early pace, Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge’s Shackleford took the lead into the homestretch and had just enough energy in reserve to hold off a charging Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom by a half-length to capture Saturday’s $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1).
The 136th running of the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown was a fitting conclusion to a 13-race program that attracted 107, 398 to Pimlico Race Course and generated an all-sources handle of $76,376, 689. The attendance, which included InfeldFEST partygoers who were treated to concerts by Grammy Award winners Train and Bruno Mars, was the seventh largest in Preakness history. The handle ranked as the seventh highest for Pimlico’s signature day.
Paddy O’Prado Circles Up To Win Jagermeister Dixie Stakes
BALTIMORE – 05-21-11 – Despite a slow pace, Donegal Racing’s Paddy O’Prado rallied from last to win the historic $200,000 Jägermeister Dixie Stakes (G2) at Pimlico Race Course.
The gray colt by El Prado dropped back at the start of the 110th running of the Dixie on a “good” turf but accelerated around the far turn under Kent Desormeaux. Once set down for the drive, Paddy O’Prado quickly collared frontrunner Baryshnikov and won going away by 1 ½ lengths. Paddy O’Prado, who paid $3.20, ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:53.56. Bim Bam closed for third, two lengths behind the runner-up.
Apart Gets Up To Win William Donald Schaefer Memorial Stakes
BALTIMORE –05-21-11 –Adele B. Dilschneider’s Apart overtook Colizeo in deep stretch to win the $100,000 William Donald Schaefer Memorial Stakes (G3).
Ms. Dilschneider, jockey Garrett Gomez and trainer Al Stall, who shared today’s victory, won last year’s Schaefer with eventual 2010 champion older male Blame.
No Explaining Surges to Win Omnilife Gallorette Handicap Shared Account Finishes Fourth
BALTIMORE –05-21-11 – Harlequin Ranches’ No Explaining (IRE) came off the rail and powered to victory in $100,000 Omnilife Gallorette Handicap (G3) over the turf course at Pimlico.
Shared Account, the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Fillies & Mare Turf winner, closed from off the pace to finish fourth while conceding 10-13 pounds to her rivals in her 2011 debut.
Ventana Prevails in AMResorts Maryland Sprint
BALTIMORE –05-21-11 – Karl Watson, Michael E. Pegram & Paul Weitman’s Ventana prevailed over Immortal Eyes following a hotly contested stretch duel to win the $100,000 AMResorts Maryland Sprint Handicap (G3) this afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.
Jockey Travis Dunkelberger, aboard Immortal Eyes, claimed foul against Martin Garcia, the rider of Ventana, claiming interference during the late stages of the stretch run, but the stewards did not rule in his favor.
Chinglish Takes James W. Murphy Stakes
BALTIMORE –05-21-11—Jerry & Ronald Frankel’s Chinglish ran down the pacesetters through the stretch to win the $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.
Covering the mile distance across the turf in 1:40.05 under John Velazquez, Chinglish beat Humble and Hungry by 2 ¾ lengths. Master Dunker rallied from far back to take third. Early pacesetter Joes Blazing Aaron, the 7-5 favorite ridden by Julien Leparoux, faded to fourth.
Vengeful Wildcat Strikes In Chick Lang Stakes
BALTIMORE – 05-21-11 – New Farm’s Vengeful Wildcat pressed pacesetter Chipshot before wresting the lead in mid-stretch on his way to victory in the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes, a sprint for 3-year-olds Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
Breaking alertly under jockey Carlos Marquez Jr., the son of Vindication prevailed by a neck and completed the six-furlong distance in 1:10.54. A winner of three races in five starts, including the Tyro Stakes at Monmouth last summer, Vengeful Wildcat is trained by Ben Perkins, Jr.
Super Espresso Perks Up In Allaire duPont Distaff
BALTIMORE –05-21-11 – Bobby Flay’s Super Espresso, who had a distinct dislike for turf in her previous start, demonstrated a fondness for Pimlico’s main track Saturday with a rallying score in the $100,000 Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes (G3).
Next to last down the backstretch under jockey Ramon Dominguez, Super Espresso swept wide around horses entering the stretch before out-battling Payton d’Oro nearing the wire to win by three-quarters of a length.
No Brakes Rallies To Win Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap
BALTIMORE –05-21-11---Katherine Sancuk’s No Brakes rallied from next to last to win the $25,000 Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap, the first of nine stakes on Preakness Day.
Xavier Perez rode the Parker’s Storm Cat offspring for owner-trainer Sancuk, who was also working as an outrider on the 13-race program. The 6-year-old gelding, who finished fifth in this race last year and who was claimed for $5,000 by his present connections in March, came four wide into the stretch to score a narrow victory over Money For Love, with Say Now finishing third.
Saturday, May 21 2011
ANIMAL KINGDOM ARRIVES AT PREAKNESS STAKES BARN
BALTIMORE, 05-21-11---Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom completed his journey to the Preakness Stakes at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, just under 12 hours before he will compete in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown at historic Pimlico Race Course.
Post time for the 136th running of the Preakness is 6:20 p.m.
Royal Delta Rolls to Victory in The Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes
BALTIMORE –05-20-11---Royal Delta got the jump on the competition with a decisive move in the second turn and rolled to a 2½ -length victory in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Friday at Pimlico Race Course. The Empire Maker filly trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49 3/5 over a fast track to earn the winner’s share of $150,000 in the Grade 2 stake for 3-year-old fillies. Buster’s Ready was second, 5 ¼ lengths ahead of Hot Summer.
The 87th Black-Eyed Susan was the featured race of the 13 on The People’s Pink Party program that benefited the Susan G. Komen for the Cure held on a sun-drenched afternoon at historic Pimlico. The on-track crowd of 27,966 watched the $30,000 Pimlico Female Jockey Challenge won by Canadian standout Emma-Jayne Wilson, and the $20,000 Legends for the Cure II Race in which eight retired female riders returned to the saddle.