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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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April 17, 2012
Inquirer columnist Bob Ford has won the David F. Woods Memorial Award for the best Preakness story or column for the previous year. The winner is chosen by representatives of Pimlico Race Course, the site of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown. Ford examined the relationship between Fair Hill Training Center-based trainers Graham Motion, who won last year's Kentucky Derby with long-shot Animal Kingdom, and Michael Matz, the trainer of 2006 Derby winner Barbaro.
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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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March 18, 2009 | The Inquirer Staff
Maryland could consider building a horse racing track and running the Preakness Stakes if its financially troubled owner decides to sell the Triple Crown race, State Senate President Thomas V. Miller said yesterday. Magna Entertainment Corp. of Ontario filed for bankruptcy earlier this month. Magna owns Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, where the Preakness Stakes has been run for more than 100 years. Maryland law provides significant limitations on the transfer or sale of the Preakness Stakes name, effectively giving the state the first chance to buy the name if it goes up for sale.
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April 1, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Jim Beam Stakes, for 3-year-olds, $600,000, 1 1/8 miles. The 13th running of the $600,000 Jim Beam Stakes tomorrow at Turfway in Florence, Ky., should provide a good insight into the contenders for this year's Triple Crown. The last four winners of the Beam have won one Kentucky Derby, one Belmont and three Preakness Stakes. Last year's Beam winner, Prarie Bayou, ran second as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby before winning the Preakness. A competitive dozen horses are assembled for this year's race, including two "hot" horses, Southern Rhythm and Mahogany Hall.
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May 12, 1988 | Daily News Wire Services
Once Wild, ridden by Pat Day, scored a 1 1/2-length victory in the $115,600 Withers Stakes yesterday on opening day at Belmont Park. Once Wild, the son of Baldski, paid $7.40 to win and $2.80 to place. Tejano, a D. Wayne Lukas-trained entry finished second and paid $2.20 to place. Show and exacta betting were canceled because of the small field. There is speculation that yesterday's performance may have earned Once Wild a spot in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, May 21. "It looks like we're going to have to keep the Preakness in the back of our minds," said Butch Lenzini, the trainer of Once Wild.
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May 10, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
Kentucky Derby winner Orb pleased trainer Shug McGaughey on Thursday with a steady workout on a sloppy track at Belmont Park. "He jogged three-eighths to a half-mile and galloped a mile. I thought everything was good," said McGaughey, whose colt had jogged a mile Wednesday at the track in Elmont, N.Y., in his first workout since his 21/2-length victory at Churchill Downs on Saturday. "The track was still sloppy," he said. "[Exercise rider Jenn Patterson] said he was kind of bucking and playing and jumping the water puddles on the backstretch.
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May 5, 2011 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nancy Alberts, 65, a West Chester native who was once three-quarters of a length away from being the trainer, owner, breeder, and exercise rider of a Preakness Stakes winner, died Tuesday night after suffering a stroke on April 17. Her horse, Magic Weisner, was runner-up at the 2002 Preakness Stakes - a 45-1 long shot that rallied from 11th place to finish less than a length behind War Emblem. Mrs. Alberts had devoted her life to her horses, had four in training at the time of her stroke, and had exercised those thoroughbreds earlier that day at Laurel Park racetrack in Maryland.
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May 7, 2013 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Normandy Invasion, who finished fourth in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, and Vyjack, who was 18th, were added Monday to the list of potential candidates for the Preakness Stakes. Orb, who won the Derby over a sloppy track, will run in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. "Originally, I threw the Preakness out," Normandy Invasion's trainer, Chad Brown, said Monday, "but he's come out of the race so well that I'm at least going to remain neutral on the topic until I can see the horse go back to the track and get a gauge on his energy level and his soundness.
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May 18, 2004 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Smarty Jones' historic win in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday earned the race's highest overnight TV rating since 1990, according to Nielsen Media Research. In Philadelphia, viewership of the second race in the colt's Triple Crown quest substantially topped the audience for the Kentucky Derby. The NBC broadcast's national 7.2 rating and 16 share meant that an estimated 16 percent of TVs that were turned on nationally were tuned to the race. Each rating point represents about a million households.
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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 18, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
BALTIMORE - The storm had been building much of the afternoon, rolling in from the west and gradually darkening the sky behind the grandstand at Pimlico Race Course. It arrived just before the start of the 140th Preakness Stakes, and the horses on the track had to shuffle around and wait a few minutes in the downpour before being loaded into the gate. There was lightning in the area and thunder rumbling overhead, which are not optimal conditions for millions of dollars of horseflesh to stand inside a steel starting gate.
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May 17, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When Divining Rod is led from the Stakes Barn at Pimlico Race Course late Saturday afternoon and takes the traditional walkover to be saddled for the Preakness Stakes, it will be the first time the blue, green and white silks of Lael Stables, owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson, will see the track for a Triple Crown race since 2006, when the same walk was taken by ill-fated Kentucky Derby champion Barbaro. The Jacksons have had some very good horses since then, including multiple stakes winners several times, but none that had the right timing, the right form and the right luck to be entered in one of the three most prestigious races in the United States.
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May 13, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
They share your memories. Roy and Gretchen Jackson do - but they have so many more of their own. The Jacksons remember every minute of Preakness day, 2006. It was their horse, Barbaro, who broke down shortly after leaving the starting gate, two weeks after Barbaro had romped in the Kentucky Derby. The Jacksons can remember where they were, who they talked to, their jockey walking over and saying, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry" . . . even the policemen who helped Barbaro get out of Pimlico Race Course, on the road to the New Bolton Center in Chester County, where the horse had surgery for his catastrophic leg fractures the next day, just down the road from their own home in West Grove.
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April 27, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sitting at a reserved table at Parx Racing in Bensalem, waiting for the beef brisket lunch special and a couple of races in which he had horses running, Chuck Zacney swiped his phone a few times, and the 2005 Preakness Stakes appeared, horses in the gate. "I probably still watch five or six times a year," Zacney said as the race unfolded on his phone. It began as an idea among friends, Eagles fans, at the Super Bowl in Jacksonville in February 2005. They liked to bet horses, Zacney said, so why not throw some money together and buy a couple?
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September 22, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The crowd came out to Parx Racing to see a star on Saturday in the 35th running of the Pennsylvania Derby, and California Chrome looked perfect for the role of a Hollywood hero as he walked regally around the paddock, accepted Victor Espinoza onto his back, and stepped onto the track to play his part. And then they ran the race. Someone messed with the script, just as they had in June at the Belmont Stakes, when Chrome wasn't able to parlay wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes into Triple Crown immortality.
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September 20, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Steve Coburn, a lifelong westerner, had never been to Philadelphia before this week, so he put his pearl-gray Stetson on his head and took his wife, Carolyn, to see the Liberty Bell on Wednesday. The line was pretty long and stretched down the block, so Coburn went around the side to see whether there might be another way in. Not really, but he came to a glass wall and right there was the Liberty Bell, and they both got a good, long look at it. "People were standing in line a long time to get their picture taken next to it, but I saw it. I even saw the crack," Coburn said.
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May 17, 2013 | By David Ginsburg, Associated Press
BALTIMORE - The Preakness draw was over, and trainer Shug McGaughey listed a variety of reasons he was OK with having Kentucky Derby winner Orb starting Saturday's race from the rail. Then someone asked him, "If you had your choice, where would you want to be?" Without hesitation, McGaughey responded, "The outside. " Despite getting the inside post in Wednesday's draw, Orb was made an even-money favorite to win the Preakness Stakes and keep alive his bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
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May 10, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
Kentucky Derby winner Orb pleased trainer Shug McGaughey on Thursday with a steady workout on a sloppy track at Belmont Park. "He jogged three-eighths to a half-mile and galloped a mile. I thought everything was good," said McGaughey, whose colt had jogged a mile Wednesday at the track in Elmont, N.Y., in his first workout since his 21/2-length victory at Churchill Downs on Saturday. "The track was still sloppy," he said. "[Exercise rider Jenn Patterson] said he was kind of bucking and playing and jumping the water puddles on the backstretch.
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May 7, 2013 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Normandy Invasion, who finished fourth in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, and Vyjack, who was 18th, were added Monday to the list of potential candidates for the Preakness Stakes. Orb, who won the Derby over a sloppy track, will run in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. "Originally, I threw the Preakness out," Normandy Invasion's trainer, Chad Brown, said Monday, "but he's come out of the race so well that I'm at least going to remain neutral on the topic until I can see the horse go back to the track and get a gauge on his energy level and his soundness.
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