Racing News

Asmussen, Closing in on All-Time Training Record, to Saddle Three in Preakness

11 of 15 Victories at Pimlico in Graded Stakes, Seeks Third Preakness Win
BALTIMORE - Steve Asmussen last week became only the second trainer to win 9,000 races, the landmark win coming on Troy Ounce in the second race at Oklahoma City’s Remington Park. That left him 446 victories — since whittled to 437 heading into Friday’s racing — shy of becoming the sport’s all-time winningest trainer, with the late Dale Baird accruing 9,445 in a career spanning 1961-2007.

Sharper and Stronger Mr. Big News Gets Final Work for Preakness

So Many Factors to Winning the Preakness
LOUISVILLE - Mr. Big News, third in the Kentucky Derby (G1) in his last start, had his final major training session for the Oct. 3 Preakness Stakes (G1), cruising a half-mile in 50.40 seconds early Friday morning at Churchill Downs. Trainer Bret Calhoun termed it “just a maintenance work.”

Preakness Meet at Pimlico Race Course Kicks Off Thursday

145th Preakness Stakes (G1) Set for Saturday, October 3
96th Black-Eyed Susan (G2) Joins Preakness Day Program
16 Stakes, Nine Graded, Worth $3.35 Million Oct. 1-3
$100,000 Trainer Bonus Returns for Preakness Weekend Stakes

Max Player Headed to Preakness

BALTIMORE - Max Player is headed to the Preakness Stakes (G1), which as it currently stands will stamp him as the only horse to compete in all three legs of the Triple Crown — plus Saratoga’s Travers Stakes (G1).

Pneumatic Works Bullet for Preakness

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Pneumatic continued his preparation for the 145th Preakness Stakes (G1) on Oct. 3 with a five-furlong bullet work Monday morning in company in 1:00.85 over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga.
“On this track that’s about as good as horses work,” said Scott Blasi, trainer Steve Asmussen’s top assistant.

Authentic to Carry Spendthrift's Silks in Preakness Stakes

LOUISVILLE - B. Wayne Hughes, whose Spendthrift Farm is majority owner in Authentic, wanted minority owner MyRacehorse’s black and white silks to be worn by jockey John Velazquez in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Authentic carried those colors into the history books as the winner of the only Kentucky Derby not held in the spring. A month later, Authentic will wear Spendthrift’s orange and purple silks in the first Preakness Stakes (G1) not held in the spring or summer.

Bonny South Heading East for Black-Eyed Susan

LOUSIVILLE – Trainer Brad Cox said Juddmonte Farms’ Bonny South was rerouted from the Kentucky Oaks (G1) once it was announced in mid-August that the $250,000, Black-Eyed Susan (G2) would be on the Preakness undercard.
“That was the spot that made the most sense, against 3-year-olds fillies, he said. 

Jesus' Team to Supplement to Preakness

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Grupo 7C Stable’s Jesus’ Team, third in the Jim Dandy (G2) and fourth in the Haskell (G1), will be supplemented to the 145th Preakness Stakes (G1), to be run Oct. 3 at legendary Pimlico Race Course.
The decision was made, said trainer Jose D’Angelo, after the 3-year-old son of Tapiture breezed a half-mile Saturday at Monmouth Park in :47.80.

Art Collector Signals Readiness for Preakness with Strong Workout

LOUISVILLE - Bruce Lunsford’s Art Collector, who would have been co-second choice for the Kentucky Derby (G1) until a minor foot issue forced him out of the race, worked five-eighths of a mile at Churchill Downs in a strong 59.40 seconds - a time for the distance eclipsed Saturday only by Kentucky Derby winner Authentic’s 59.20. 

For Derby Winner Authentic, 'All Systems Go' for Preakness

Authentic Works Five Furlongs, Thousand Words “Steady” in Work
LOUISVILLE— Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Authentic had his first major training session Saturday morning to prepare for the 145th Preakness Stakes (G1), working five-eighths of a mile in 59.20 seconds at Churchill Downs. Jockey Martin Garcia filled in for John Velazquez, who won his third Kentucky Derby while riding Authentic for the first time.