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Wednesday, May 18 2011


Preakness Weekend News-Female Jockey Challenge


BALTIMORE, 05-18-11---Six of the world’s top female riders are set to square off in the inaugural $30,000 Pimlico Female Jockey Challenge on Black-Eyed Susan Day, Friday, May 20, at Pimlico Race Course.

The challenge is part of The People’s Pink Party, a joint effort between Pimlico and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, to help raise money and awareness in the fight against the disease.





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THE BONUS CHECKS ARE READY FOR THE RESULTS


BALTIMORE, 05-17-11---Eight blown-up checks have been prepared by the Maryland Jockey Club marketing department, pending the outcome of the 136th Preakness Stakes Saturday and the 87th Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Friday with the connections of Preakness runner Dialed In in line to profit most handsomely should he win.

Dialed In, who finished eighth as the Kentucky Derby favorite after being squeezed at the start, is eligible for a $5.5 million payday in addition to the $600,000 winner's share for the Preakness. The bulk of that ($5 million) would go to owner Robert LaPenta and $500,000 would be awarded to trainer Nick Zito. That is the result of his victories in the Grade 3 Holy Bull and the Grade 1 Florida Derby as part of MI Developments Inc. historic and unique bonus programs centered around Pimlico Race Course’s premier 3-year old races, called the “Preakness 5.5” and “Black-Eyed Susan 2.2”.





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Tuesday, May 17 2011


Preakness News-May 17 News


ANIMAL KINGDOM – Team Valor International’s Kentucky Derby winner galloped 1½ miles over the synthetic Tapeta surface at Fair Hill Training Center Tuesday morning.

As he did Sunday when rain left the dirt track muddy, trainer Graham Motion opted to train Animal Kingdom on the synthetic surface, which features consistent drainage.





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Monday, May 16 2011


Preakness News-May 16 Notes


ANIMAL KINGDOM – Trainer Graham Motion sent his Kentucky Derby winner out for a 1 ½-mile gallop on the dirt track at Fair Hill Training Center Monday morning.

The Team Valor International homebred trained on the synthetic Tapeta surface Sunday morning following heavy overnight rain that left the dirt track muddy, but Motion decided to go back to the dirt Monday.





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Preakness News-May 15 2011 Notes


ANIMAL KINGDOM – Trainer Graham Motion chuckled at a question Sunday morning about turning the page from the week after the Kentucky Derby victory to the week leading up to the Preakness Stakes.

“I think we’re starting to get more into Preakness mode,” he said.





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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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