Saturday, May 21 2011


R Holiday Mood Holds on in Miss Preakness Pink Warrior Stakes


BALTIMORE, 05-20-11 – E. Paul Robsham Stables LLC’s R Holiday Mood took the lead in the stretch and held off the furious late charge of Strike the Moon to win the $75,000 Miss Preakness Pink Warrior Stakes at Pimlico Race Course Friday afternoon.

Ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Todd Pletcher, the 3-year-old daughter of Trippi completed the six-furlong distance over the fast main track in 1:12.12. She won by a neck, with Bold Affair just three-quarters of a length farther back in third.





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Ben’s Cat Triumphs In Jim McKay Turf Sprint


BALTIMORE, 5-20-11 – The Jim Stable’s Ben’s Cat stormed home a convincing winner in the $75,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico Race Course, the first of seven stakes races on the Preakness eve card.

Last away from the starting gate under jockey Jeremy Rose, Ben’s Cat covered the five-furlong distance in :59.71, rallying through the stretch to win by two lengths. Local Celebrity finished second and Super Chunky was third.





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MOTION CONFIDENT IN ANIMAL KINGDOM’S READINESS ZITO-TRAINED DIALED IN ZEROES IN ON PREAKNESS 5.5


ANIMAL KINGDOM – Trainer Graham Motion said Friday that Team Valor International’s Kentucky Derby winner is ready for the Preakness, the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

“I feel very confident with how the horse is doing,” Motion said.





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Friday, May 20 2011


Preakness News-May 19 Notes


KING CONGIE – Mike Masiello gave an emotional tribute to the late namesake of King Congie at Thursday morning’s Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico. The West Point Thoroughbreds partner spoke about the life of Congie DeVito and the significant role he played in the success of the stable’s Preakness hopeful.

“It’s just a great story; he was such a great person, and he’s got us all here,” said Masiello, whose voice cracked with emotion on several occasions during his heartfelt tribute. “This is the most amazing thing that’s ever happened to us.”





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PREAKNESS DAY UNDERCARD FEATURES EIGHT STAKES RACES


BALTIMORE, 05-19-11--Paddy O'Prado emerges from a six-month layoff to grab the favorite's role for the Grade 2, $200,000 Dixie Stakes, one of eight stakes races on the Preakness Day undercard. Five are graded events.

Paddy O'Prado, listed at 4-5 odds overnight, has not raced since November 6 when he was fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic to Blame, but he has never been worse than third on the grass, the surface for the 110th running of the Dixie. The gray/roan colt has earned more than $1.1 million on the turf and more than $1.6 million overall.





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Thursday, May 19 2011


ANIMAL KINGDOM FAVORED IN FULL FIELD OF 14


BALTIMORE, 05-18-11 – Animal Kingdom, who pulled off a 20-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby on May 7, has been installed the 2-1 morning-line favorite in a full field of 14 entered for Saturday’s 136th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

The Graham Motion-trained colt, who won the Run for the Roses by 2 ¾ lengths in his first start on a conventional dirt track, drew the No.11 at Wednesday’s post position draw for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. Animal Kingdom will be ridden by John Velazquez, who scored his first ever Derby success aboard the son of Leroidesanimaux.





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Wednesday, May 18 2011


Preakness News-May 18 Notes 2011


ANIMAL KINGDOM – Trainer Graham Motion sent the Kentucky Derby winner out for his morning gallop in front of about two dozen members of the media at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md.

The Team Valor International homebred colt did his exercise on the all-weather Tapeta track at the facility in rural northeast Maryland, 60 miles from Pimlico Race Course. Motion uses the Tapeta track when Fair Hill’s dirt track is muddy. He said his colt galloped about 1¾ miles.





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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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