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May 16, 2004 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Welcome to the Freakness. There were horses running around here somewhere, but inside the huge oval of the track at Pimlico, it was 65,000 people in a rowdy, tawdry, sweaty, unbelievably hot infield, crammed together, trying to keep themselves hydrated and amused but in very few cases sober. The infield at the Preakness is part spring break, part Bruce Springsteen concert. And, past a guarded security gate, on the fancy side of the oval where corporate sponsors have VIP tents, it's part Spring Cotillion.
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May 17, 2011 | Associated Press
ELKTON, Md. - Graham Motion loves being surrounded by acres of lush grass while working in peaceful solitude at the Fair Hill Training Center. Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom does, too, it seems. Which is why Motion is strongly considering waiting until Saturday to ship his chestnut colt 40 miles south to Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness. After watching Animal Kingdom gallop 11/2 miles Monday in relative obscurity, Motion decided there was no rush to move his horse from spacious Herringswell Stables to a cramped Stall 40 at Pimlico, the traditional home of the Derby winner.
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April 18, 1989 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
Kent Desormeaux, the leading rider in the country in number of wins the last two years, will begin riding regularly at Garden State Park, starting tomorrow night. Desormeaux, who rides the Maryland circuit, will be riding doubleheaders until the end of the Garden State meet. According to his Garden State agent, Denver Beckner, the only day Desormeaux will miss is Saturday, when Pimlico and Garden both operate during the day. Desormeaux, who already has won 193 races this year, is going after Chris McCarron's world record of 546 winners.
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July 31, 1999 | By Craig Donnelly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Artax is an accomplished sprinter who easily captured the Carter (Grade I) Handicap in May and will probably hit the $1 million mark in earnings one day. But he will be best remembered as the horse who was bothered by an inebriated fan who ran on to the track during the running of the Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap on Preakness Day at Pimlico. The bizarre incident was so costly to Artax's chances that day that the stewards ordered a refund on all wagers on the son of Marquetry.
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June 10, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
THE BELMONT STAKES is a unique race, 440 yards longer than the Kentucky Derby, 550 yards longer than the Preakness and run over America's only mile-and-a-half racetrack at Belmont Park. It is also very counterintuitive. One would think a mile-and-a-half race would favor horses coming from far back with the last run. One would be wrong. The winning trip in the Belmont Stakes typically comes from a horse that is in the vicinity of what is almost always a very slow pace. That pace inhibits the closers, who generally don't have the same late rallies they had at Churchill Downs or Pimlico anyway, because they are starting their runs about the time the first two legs of the Triple Crown finish.
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May 23, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
BALTIMORE - Ten years ago, Roy and Gretchen Jackson watched in horror from their box seats above the finish line at Pimlico as their Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro, was running on three legs after his right rear leg shattered in the first few hundred yards of the Preakness. Saturday afternoon, sitting in those same seats with horses running in three races on the Pimlico card, the Jacksons saw one of their horses finish third, another finish second, and a third, shielded from their view behind the infield tents, suffer a horrific leg injury and crash to the turf on the far turn.
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May 9, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Winning Colors, only the third filly in history to win the Kentucky Derby, is heading for the May 21 Preakness Stakes to continue her quest to become the first female thoroughbred to capture the Triple Crown. In addition to Winning Colors, five other starters in the Derby are expected to check into Pimlico Race Course to start preparing for the Preakness, Pimlico spokesman Joe Kelly said yesterday. Forty Niner, who lost by a neck, and Risen Star, who ran third, as well as Regal Classic, fifth in the Derby, Brian's Time, sixth, and Private Terms, ninth, are expected to be entered in the 113th Preakness.
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May 18, 2012
The post positions were drawn Wednesday for Saturday's $1 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. 1. Tiger Walk       Desormeaux 30-1 2. Teeth of the Dog    Bravo       15-1 3. Pretension       Santiago    30-1 4. Zetterholm       Alvarado    20-1 5. Went the Day Well Velazquez    6-1 6. Creative Cause    Rosario     6-1 7. Bodemeister    Smith    8-5 ...
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May 26, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
IF KENTUCKY Derby winner Nyquist and Preakness winner Exaggerator are to meet for a sixth time, it won't be in the June 11 Belmont Stakes. Nyquist spiked a fever Monday at Pimlico and underwent some blood tests. After the temperature went back to normal Monday afternoon, it was elevated again Tuesday morning. So the Derby winner has been declared out of the Belmont. "Nyquist's blood work came back this morning and there was a slightly elevated white count," said trainer Doug O'Neill's assistant, Jack Sisterson, who is with the colt at Pimlico.
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June 2, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
In his first timed workout since winning the Preakness Stakes, Afleet Alex breezed five furlongs yesterday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Afterward, his trainer, Tim Ritchey, professed his faith that the 3-year-old is in good shape for the June 11 Belmont Stakes. His time at five-eighths of a mile was 1 minute, 1.60 seconds. He started out slowly, breezing the first furlong in 14 seconds, then picked up the pace, ridden by jockey Jeremy Rose. The rest of his fractions were 26.40, 38.0, and 49.80 for the half-mile.
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July 29, 2016
ON THE first Saturday in May, Nyquist, Exaggerator and Gun Runner ran 1-2-3 in the Kentucky Derby. On the last Sunday of July, those three and a horse capable of giving Bob Baffert his ninth Haskell Invitational win will convene at Monmouth Park for the $1 million race, a signature event of the second half of the horse racing season, now in full stride. When last seen in a race, Nyquist was finishing third in the slop in the Preakness at Pimlico, losing for the first time after eight wins at five different tracks.
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June 10, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
THE BELMONT STAKES is a unique race, 440 yards longer than the Kentucky Derby, 550 yards longer than the Preakness and run over America's only mile-and-a-half racetrack at Belmont Park. It is also very counterintuitive. One would think a mile-and-a-half race would favor horses coming from far back with the last run. One would be wrong. The winning trip in the Belmont Stakes typically comes from a horse that is in the vicinity of what is almost always a very slow pace. That pace inhibits the closers, who generally don't have the same late rallies they had at Churchill Downs or Pimlico anyway, because they are starting their runs about the time the first two legs of the Triple Crown finish.
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May 26, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
IF KENTUCKY Derby winner Nyquist and Preakness winner Exaggerator are to meet for a sixth time, it won't be in the June 11 Belmont Stakes. Nyquist spiked a fever Monday at Pimlico and underwent some blood tests. After the temperature went back to normal Monday afternoon, it was elevated again Tuesday morning. So the Derby winner has been declared out of the Belmont. "Nyquist's blood work came back this morning and there was a slightly elevated white count," said trainer Doug O'Neill's assistant, Jack Sisterson, who is with the colt at Pimlico.
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May 23, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
BALTIMORE - Doug O'Neill trains without fear. If one of his horses is going to lose, it won't be because the rider is passive. O'Neill had so much faith in his unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner, Nyquist, that he was willing to risk his horse's having to battle through quick fractions in the Preakness on Saturday rather than getting trapped near the rail on a sloppy track. One man at Pimlico loved what he was seeing from Nyquist early in the race, and it was not O'Neill. It was Kent Desormeaux, the jockey on Exaggerator, which could beat just about any horse except Nyquist - until Saturday, when the colt took the 141st Preakness.
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May 23, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
BALTIMORE - Ten years ago, Roy and Gretchen Jackson watched in horror from their box seats above the finish line at Pimlico as their Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro, was running on three legs after his right rear leg shattered in the first few hundred yards of the Preakness. Saturday afternoon, sitting in those same seats with horses running in three races on the Pimlico card, the Jacksons saw one of their horses finish third, another finish second, and a third, shielded from their view behind the infield tents, suffer a horrific leg injury and crash to the turf on the far turn.
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May 22, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
BALTIMORE - Dennis O'Neill bought the 2012 Kentucky Derby winner for $35,000. He bought the 2016 Derby winner for $400,000. "I said to someone it felt like four years ago I bought a lotto ticket," he said. "And I said for someone to buy two lotto tickets in one lifetime, I don't think that's ever happened. " Dennis is the brother of Doug O'Neill, the trainer of unbeaten Derby winner Nyquist, winner of nearly $5 million and worth many millions more as a stallion. Dennis is the talent evaluator, the horse-racing equivalent of the general manager.
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June 7, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ELMONT, N.Y. - All eyes at Belmont Park on Friday morning were on the lookout. A man and a woman together at the rail, each with their own set of binoculars, spotted him first. "He's by himself . . . There he goes. " Eventually, here he came, American Pharoah, taking his last gallop, his final preparation for a bout with history in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, as the colt tries to become the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown, ending a 37-year drought. Trainer Bob Baffert has been right here before, with three horses that had won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness only to fall short – "I think I'm responsible for the drought," Baffert said Friday after American Pharoah returned to the barn.
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May 19, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
BALTIMORE - A hot, muggy spring day had begun to cool late Saturday afternoon as the area around Pimlico darkened and a breeze blew through the old racetrack grounds. It was 5:35 p.m. when Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah emerged from the stakes barn to get his prerace bath, a ritual that would quickly prove unnecessary. The 140th Preakness, which attracted a record 131,680, was about to get an unwanted visit from the skies, which went black as the eight horses were wandering about the grass course 15 minutes before the 6:18 post time.
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May 18, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
BALTIMORE - Pimlico's infield, packed with raucous revelers all day, was eerily empty, evacuated in advance of a storm that struck minutes before the race. Lightning bolts snapped and flashed in the darkness engulfing this 143-year-old track. And the rain, a relentless torrent, fell hard and angrily. But as he powerfully separated himself from seven muddy and outclassed rivals in the 140th Preakness Stakes' swampy stretch late Saturday afternoon, American Pharoah never seemed to notice.
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May 15, 2015
THREE YEARS after Ahmed Zayat sold his Egyptian beverage company for $280 million in 2002, he did what any naturalized American citizen from Cairo would do with that kind of cash - he went to horse sales around the country to see how fast he could spend it. The man who got a master's in public health from Boston University and lives in Teaneck, N.J., charged headfirst into horse racing with blinkers on and a strategy that bordered on manic....
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