Saturday, May 09 2015


Black-Eyed Susan News & Notes - May 9


Top Billing Breezes Saturday for Sagamore Racing Pimlico Special (G3)
Ahh Chocolate Puts in Final Work for Black-Eyed Susan (G2)
Luminance Shines in Black-Eyed Susan Breeze
Busy Morning for Preakness Weekend Undercard Stakes Contenders

BALTIMORE – Will Farish and E.J. Hudson Jr.’s Top Billing breezed Saturday at Belmont Park in preparation for his return to stakes company in the $300,000 Sagamore Racing Pimlico Special (G3) on Friday, May 15.





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Preakness News & Notes - 5.9.15


Danzig Moon Confirmed for Start in 140th Preakness Stakes
Divining Rod Breezes Half Mile at Fair Hill Training Center
American Pharoah, Dortmund, Firing Line Gallop at Churchill

BALTIMORE – Assistant trainer Norman Casse confirmed Saturday morning that John Oxley’s Danzig Moon will ship from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course to compete in the 140th Preakness Stakes (G1) on May 16.





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Barn Notes: Sat 5/9


FIFTH-PLACE KENTUCKY DERBY FINISHER DANZIG MOON A GO FOR THE PREAKNESS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 9, 2015) – Danzig Moon, the fifth-place finisher in last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), will continue on the Triple Crown trail.

“We are going,” said Norman Casse, assistant to his father, trainer Mark Casse. “He came out of the Derby really well and deserves one more chance.”





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Friday, May 08 2015


Preakness Notes 5.8


Tale of Verve’s Connections Taking Serious Look at Preakness
American Pharoah, Dortmund, Firing Line Gallop toward Preakness
Status Quo for Preakness Probable Mr. Z; Danzig Moon Possible
Pletcher Still Evaluating Quartet of 3-Year-Olds


BALTIMORE – Trainer Dallas Stewart and owner Charles Fipke’s decision on Tale of Verve’s status for the 140th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course May 16 will likely rest on their analysis of last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1).





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Palace Malice returns to face stiff competition in Diablo


ELMONT, N.Y. - Having missed last Saturday's Grade 3 Westchester due to a bruised foot, 2013 Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice will now make his 2015 debut facing an accomplished field of opponents in Sunday's $100,000 Diablo stakes at Belmont Park.





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Barn Notes: American Pharoah, Firing Line, Dortmund Resume Galloping


AMERICAN PHAROAH, FIRING LINE, DORTMUND RESUME GALLOPING

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 8, 2015) – Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) winner American Pharoah galloped a mile and three-sixteenths after the morning renovation break at Churchill Downs.

Also galloping after the break were the 2-3 finishers from the Derby, Firing Line and Dortmund.





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PREAKNESS NEWS & NOTES - May 7


Baffert Likes What He Sees in American Pharoah, Dortmund
Lukas-Trained Mr. Z ‘Probable’ for Middle Jewel
Stewart ‘Thinking’ about Preakness for Tale of Verve
Grand Bili Possible New Shooter for Preakness

BALTIMORE – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said Thursday that he expects both
Kentucky Derby (G1) winner American Pharoah and third-place finisher Dortmund to be starters in the Preakness Stakes (G1) on May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.





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Wednesday, May 06 2015


Black-Eyed Susan Day Stakes Draw 277 Nominations


Preakness Eve Card Offers Eight Stakes Worth $1.18 Million
Maryland-Based Stars Ben’s Cat, Page McKenney, Talk Show Man Among Nominees

BALTIMORE – A total of 277 horses were nominated for eight stakes worth $1.18 million that highlight a spectacular Black-Eyed Susan Day program Friday at Pimlico Race Course.





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PREAKNESS NEWS & NOTES - May 6


Divining Rod Confirmed for May 16 Preakness Stakes
Pletcher Quartet Under Preakness Consideration
American Pharoah, Dortmund Walk Shedrow
Firing Line Returns to Track for Morning Jog

BALTIMORE – Trainer Arnaud Delacour confirmed Wednesday that Lael Stable’s Divining Rod is on course to run in the 140th Preakness Stakes on May 16.





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Sunday, May 03 2015


KENTUCKY DERBY’S TOP THREE HAVE PREAKNESS ON RADAR


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 3, 2015) – To set the stage for his press conference Sunday morning to reflect on this fourth victory, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert brought the star of the 141st Kentucky Derby -- American Pharoah -- out of the barn to pose for the cameras.

Bribing him with carrots, Baffert led the Zayat Stables colt to different parts of the circle of media and fans for photos and admiration. Several people reached out and petted the colt’s nose. After about 10 minutes of show, Baffert sent American Pharoah back to his stall and moved into the tell part of the program.





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KENTUCKY DERBY JOCKEY QUOTES


Victor Espinoza, jockey of American Pharoah, winner – “I feel like the luckiest Mexican on Earth. He has been a special horse since the first time I rode him. He has a lot of talent and is an unbelievable horse. Turning for home I started riding a little harder. At the eighth pole, I just couldn’t put that other horse (Firing Line) away, but he got it done.”





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KENTUCKY DERBY TRAINER QUOTES


Bob Baffert, trainer of American Pharoah, winner/Dortmund, third – “We were ready to rumble. Since their last works I was hearing how good they were and I was hoping it would come true. I felt very confident going in.”





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