Racing News

Brad Cox Earns Richest Preakness Weekend Trainer Bonus

BALTIMORE – Brad Cox edged Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen to claim the top prize in the Maryland Jockey Club’s $100,000 bonus program offered to trainers for their participation in stakes races over Preakness weekend at Pimlico Race Course.

Cox led the way with 36 points, three more than two-time defending champion Asmussen, to earn a $50,000 bonus. In his Triple Crown race debut, Cox ran third and fourth, respectively, with Owendale and Warrior’s Charge in the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) May 18, won by War of Will.

Rainbow 6 Carryover of $198,373 for Thursday at Pimlico

Eight-Race Program Begins with 1:10 P.M. First Post

BALTIMORE – Coming off a spectacular weekend that saw records fall on both Preakness (G1) and Black-Eyed Susan (G2) days, live racing returns to Pimlico Race Course Thursday, May 23 with a carryover jackpot of $198,373.42 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6.

War of Will Exits Preakness Triumph in Good Order

Casse to Target Belmont Stakes for Resilient Colt  
Everfast, Owendale Likely Candidates for Belmont

BALTIMORE — Gary Barber’s War of Will exited his 1 ¼-length victory over the late-running Everfast in Saturday’s144th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course in good order and will run in the Belmont Stakes (G1) June 8 at Belmont Park if the colt continues to show all the right signs, trainer Mark Casse said Sunday morning.

Preakness 144 Sets Total Handle Record of $99.852 Million

War of Will Victorious

BALTIMORE – The 144th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) set an all-time total handle record Saturday of $99,852,653.

Saturday’s record handle topped the previous mark of $97,168,658 set in 2017. Attendance was 131,256.

Catholic Boy Makes Successful Return in Maker’s Mark Dixie

Multiple G1 Winner Ends Six-Month Absence with Narrow Victory

BALTIMORE – Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Catholic Boy, last seen finishing off the board in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) in November, made a triumphant return to the races in Saturday’s $250,000 Maker’s Mark Dixie (G2) at Pimlico Race Course.

Lexitonian Springs 17-1 Upset in Chick Lang

Earns First Career Graded Triumph in Six-Furlong Sprint

BALTIMORE – Calumet Farm homebred Lexitonian split horses in mid-stretch and came with a determined run to edge past Gladiator King at the wire and upset the $200,000 Chick Lang (G3) at odds of 17-1 Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

Mitchell Road Shows the Way in Stella Artois Gallorette

BALTIMORE – Mrs. J.V. Shields and E.J.M. McFadden Jr.’s Mitchell Road, a half-sister to 2019 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Country House, extended her win streak to four races with a front-running 2 ¼-length score in Saturday’s $150,000 Stella Artois Gallorette (G3) at Pimlico Race Course.

The 68th running of the 1 1/16-mile Gallorette for fillies and mares on the grass was the sixth of nine stakes, five graded, on a 14-race program highlighted by the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

Wild About Star Shines in The Very One Victory

BALTIMORE – Brittlyn Stable’s Wild About Star, racing for the first time outside of her native Louisiana, came with a sweeping move on the outside and stormed down the center of the track to pass favored Jo Jo Air to win Saturday’s $100,000 The Very One at Pimlico Race Course.

The 20th running of the five-furlong The Very One for fillies and mares on the grass was among nine stakes, five graded, worth $2.8 million on a 14-race program highlighted by the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

Ickymasho Front-Running Winner of Searching Stakes

BALTIMORE – Triton Stable’s Ickymasho, in the best form of her career at age 7, led every step of the way to pick up her second consecutive graded-stakes victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Ole Smoky Moonshine Searching Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

Originally run from 1993-2001, the 1 ½-mile Searching for fillies and mares was among nine stakes, five graded, worth $2.8 million in purses on a 14-race program highlighted by the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

New York Central Right at Home in Maryland Sprint

BALTIMORE – WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing’s New York Central, racing at his favorite distance, scooted through an opening along the rail and drew off to a 1 ¾-length triumph in Saturday’s $150,000 ClearSpan Maryland Sprint (G3) at Pimlico Race Course.