Racing News

Derby Hero Justify Gallops Amid Less Fanfare

Diamond King Brings Owner Chuck Zacney Full Circle
Good Magic May Seek to Join Good Company in Preakness  
BALTIMORE – Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Justify, the strong favorite for the 143rd running of the May 19 Preakness Stakes (G1), had a second day of routine galloping Friday at Churchill Downs as he prepares for the 1 3/16-mile Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. 

Goodonehoney Has Final Tuneup Thursday for G2 Black-Eyed Susan

Undefeated Stakes Winner Making Graded Debut in $250,000 Stakes May 18
BALTIMORE – Kasey K Racing Stable, Final Turn Racing Stable and Michael Day’s Goodonehoney, undefeated through two starts, breezed six furlongs Thursday morning on Laurel Park’s main track in her final major preparation for the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) May 18 at legendary Pimlico Race Course.

Nominations Total 237 Horses for Preakness Stakes (G1) Undercard

Seven Stakes, Three Graded, Support Middle Jewel of Triple Crown
Stablemates Just Howard, G1 Winner Ring Weekend Target Dixie (G2)
Maryland Sprint (G3) Included in Renewed MATCH Series
Sophomores in Spotlight in Chick Lang, Sir Barton, James Murphy

Stakes Winner O Dionysus Captures Opening-Day Feature at Pimlico

12-Day Preakness Meet Runs Through Memorial Day, May 28
143rd Preakness (G1) May 19, 94th Black-Eyed Susan (G2) May 19
BALTIMORE – Marathon Farms’ O Dionysus, a two-time stakes winner on dirt, made a successful transition to the turf by capturing Thursday’s Opening Day feature as racing returned to legendary Pimlico Race Course.

Black-Eyed Susan (G2) Undercard Stakes Draw 183 Nominees

Six Stakes, Three Graded, Complement Main Event May 18
Multiple Graded Winners Abound in $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3)
Jim McKay, Skipat Kick Off Renewed MATCH Series
BALTIMORE – A total of 183 horses were nominated to six stakes, three graded, that help comprise the undercard of the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) Day program Friday, May 18 at legendary Pimlico Race Course.

Sara Street Looks to Make the Grade in Black-Eyed Susan (G2)

Historic Race for Sophomore Fillies May 18 Attracts 28 Nominations
BALTIMORE – Though based in New York, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has shipped in to win some of Maryland’s most prestigious stakes over the years, among them the 2006 Pimlico Special – the first of six straight Grade 1 wins and the North American debut for eventual Horse of the Year Invasor – and most recently the 2016 Barbara Fritchie (G2) with Dancing House.

Derby Hero Justify Visited by Trio of Happy Owners

Bravazo, Sporting Chance Return to Track for Lukas
Lone Sailor, Givemeaminit Play Waiting Game
BALTIMORE – Kentucky Derby (G1) hero Justify had his final scheduled walk day Wednesday at Churchill Downs before resuming training Thursday in preparation for the 143rd Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.

Multiple Graded Winner Rated R Superstar Headed to Pimlico Special (G3)

Turf Champion World Approval May Return for Title Defense in Dixie (G2)
Something Awesome Goes for Fourth Straight Win in Pimlico Special
BALTIMORE – Radar Racing’s multiple graded-stakes winner Rated R Superstar will make his 25th career start and fifth of 2018 in the historic $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) Friday, May 18 at legendary Pimlico Race Course.
“Definitely,” trainer Ken McPeek said. “He’s coming.”

Derby Hero Justify’s Foot Condition ‘Not an Issue’

Asmussen Reports Tenfold ‘Probable’ for Preakness
Brisset Training Quip for a Run in Middle Jewel
BALTIMORE – Trainer Bob Baffert said Monday he was not concerned about a condition that has surfaced in the left hind foot of Kentucky Derby (G1) hero Justify – the leading candidate for the May 19 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.

Brown Still Considering May 19 Preakness Start for Good Magic

Quip Confirmed for Run in Middle Jewel of Triple Crown
Another Routine Day for Kentucky Derby Hero Justify  
Lukas Doubling Up in Quest for 7th Preakness Win
BALTIMORE –  Trainer Chad Brown said Tuesday morning that he is still considering a start in the 143rd Preakness Stakes (G1) for Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Good Magic – setting up a possible rematch with Derby winner Justify – at Pimlico Race Course May 19.