Preakness Day Features Seven Supporting Stakes Including Dixie

While most eyes will be on Always Dreaming’s attempt to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive in the $1.5 million Preakness (G1), horseplayers are in for a treat with seven supporting stakes on an outstanding 14 race card at Pimlico on Saturday. The first stake on the card is the $100,000 The Very One which […]

Looking for Luck at Pimlico in Black Eyed Susan

Before we get to Preakness Day, Pimlico offers up a 14-race card on Black Eyed Susan Day on Friday and we will look for some Summer Luck in the featured race of the day. A field of 11 will line up in the $250,000 Black Eyed Susan (G2), one of seven stakes on an outstanding […]

Derby Winner Always Dreaming 4-5 Favorite in Preakness

At Wednesday afternoon’s post position draw for Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1), Always Dreaming, the impressive winner of the Kentucky Derby (G1), was assigned post 4 and installed the 4-5 favorite in the 10-horse field. At US Racing the Kentucky Derby winner is currently listed at odds of 10-13. The Todd Pletcher-trained Always Dreaming […]

Casse Crew Settles in After Monday Morning Arrival at Pimlico

By mid-morning Monday, the Mark Casse-trained contingent of stakes horses – led by Preakness Stakes (G1) contender Classic Empire – had settled into Barn D at historic Pimlico Race Course following a 4 a.m. arrival at Old Hilltop. The Casse crew consists of horses running in six of the 15 stakes to be contested on […]

Preakness Notes: Always Dreaming Impressive in Morning Jog

A sloppy track forced trainer Todd Pletcher to cancel his plan to gallop Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming Friday morning at Pimlico Race Course. Instead of doing one circuit jogging over the sloppy track, the animated son of Bodemeister, ridden by Nick Bush, was allowed to make a second lap and covered two miles […]

Classic Empire Returns to Racetrack for Preakness Date

John Oxley’s Classic Empire returned to the track for a jog for the first time since finishing fourth in the Kentucky Derby while encountering severe bumping and traffic literally from the start. Norman Casse, who oversees the Kentucky operation for his dad, trainer Mark Casse, said last year’s 2-year-old champion will resume galloping Thursday and […]

Derby Winner Always Dreaming Likely to Face Nine Foes in Preakness

The field for the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico on May 20 is starting to take shape, and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming will likely face nine foes in the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown. Four rivals he beat under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs appear likely to come back to attempt […]

Illinois Derby Could Produce Preakness Contenders

A field of seven three-year-olds line up in Saturday’s $250,000 Illinois Derby (G3) at Hawthorne, a race that could produce a starter or two for the $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico on May 20. The Todd Pletcher trained Hedge Fund is the 3-1 morning line favorite. The son of Super Saver was third […]

Hot Pace, Exaggerator End Nyquist’s Triple Crown Bid

There will be no Triple Crown winner this year after Exaggerator and a hot early pace extinguished Nyquist’s bid in the Preakness Stakes (G1). Under jockey Mario Gutierrez, the previously undefeated Nyquist broke alertly but they found themselves in a bitter early pace duel with Uncle Lino, going 22.38 and then 46.56 for the first […]

Nyquist is Imposing Favorite in Preakness Stakes

The undefeated Nyquist seeks to become the fourth Kentucky Derby (G1) winner in the last five years to win the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1), and the Doug O’Neill trainee will be the betting favorite in the field of 11 that will go to the post at Pimlico on Saturday evening. Nyquist’s price drifted up […]