Racing News

Everfast Joins 144th Preakness Stakes Field

BALTIMORE, MD — Calumet Farm’s Everfast became a last-minute addition to Saturday’s 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course, bringing the field for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown to 13 horses. Joel Rosario, winner of the 2013 Kentucky Derby (G1) on Orb and the 2014 Belmont Stakes (G1) on Tonalist, has the mount.

“It’s a wide-open field, take a shot,” trainer Dale Romans said by phone from Louisville.

Romans saddled Shackleford for a triumph in the 2011 Preakness Stakes.

Contenders for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes Arrive at Pimlico

Lukas on Video
Market King, Bodexpress, Signalman Join War of Will        

Asmussen Poised to Win Trainer Bonus for Third Straight Year

Wentz Seeking Big Score in Maryland Sprint Stakes (G3)
Corrales: Everybody Deserves a Shot, Including Bobby G

BALTIMORE – The Maryland Jockey Club for the third straight year is offering $100,000 in points-based bonus money to the trainers who run at least five horses in stakes over Preakness weekend. The winner of the $50,000 top prize the past two years was Steve Asmussen, who won four stakes in 2018 while accruing 82 points and two in 2017 while racking up 38 points.

Motion Back to Defend Pimlico Special Title with Flying the Flag

BALTIMORE – A year after winning the historic $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) for the first time with multiple graded-stakes winning millionaire Irish War Cry, trainer Graham Motion plans to defend his title with a lightly raced horse making his stakes debut.

West Point Thoroughbreds and Chester Thoroughbreds’ Flying the Flag will represent Motion in the Pimlico Special, extended this year for the first time from 1 3/16 miles – the same distance as the Preakness Stakes (G1) – to 1 ¼ miles.

War of Will First to Arrive for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes - Video

Improbable ‘Ready to Go’ for Middle Jewel of Triple Crown
Alwaysmining Representing Maryland Racing Well
Signalman’s Rookie Owner ‘Off the Charts Lucky’

BALTIMORE, MD – Gary Barber’s War of Will was the first contender for Saturday’s $1.65 million Preakness Stakes (G1) to arrive at Pimlico Race Course, stepping onto the grounds early Tuesday morning following a van ride that originated at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon.

War of Will Arrives for Preakness - Video

 BALTIMORE – Gary Barber’s War of Will, seventh in the Kentucky Derby (G1), arrived at Pimlico Race Course at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning to begin preparation for Saturday’s 144th Preakness Stakes (G1).

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 Winner of the Risen Star Stakes (G2) and LeComte Stakes (G3) over the winter at Fair Grounds, War of Will will likely be one of the favorites in Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness.

Authors Carroll, Kelly and Rowe to Sign Books on Black-Eyed Susan Day

Carroll to Sign “Out of the Clouds”
Kelly to Sign “Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown”
Rowe to Sign “About My Mother”

BALTIMORE – Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico Race Course, featuring 14 races, assorted entertainment and fine dining – will also feature three authors meeting fans and signing their books about Thoroughbred racing and horses.

Improbable ‘Looking Good’ in Breeze for Saturday’s Preakness - Video

Laughing Fox Works 4F for Middle Jewel of Triple Crown    
Equipment Change for Bourbon War in Preakness
Alwaysmining ‘in a Very Good Place’

BALTIMORE, MD – With Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on the scene, Improbable worked an easy half-mile in 51.80 seconds on a chilly Monday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for Saturday’s 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.

Please Flatter Me Works Monday at Pimlico for Miss Preakness

Sweet Diane Taken Out of Consideration for Black-Eyed Susan (G2)
Former Brown Assistant DeVaux in Search of First Stakes Win in Hilltop
Trainer Jason Servis has High Hopes for Miss Imperial in Miss Preakness
Trainer Sharp Excited About Returning to Mid-Atlantic Roots

Audley Farm – Keeping Sir Barton’s Memory Alive 100 Years Later - Video

The first Triple Crown Winner Started Something “We’re All Desperate to Win.”
BALTIMORE – It was a hundred years ago that Sir Barton became the first horse to sweep what would become to be known as the Triple Crown.