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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, February 01 2011
PREAKNESS INFIELD TICKETS ON SALE FEBRUARY 1
BALTIMORE, 02-01-11---The Maryland Jockey Club announced tickets for the 2011 Preakness public Infield go on sale beginning today, Feb. 1. The 136th annual event will take place Saturday, May 21 at historic Pimlico Race Course.
Tickets will be $40 in advance through Ticketmaster or the Preakness Ticket Sales Office and increase to $50 Preakness week (starting Monday, May 16). The MUG Club package is $60 in advance and $70 Preakness week.
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.