Some Preakness Impressions

A few observations from the 2nd leg of the 2023 Triple Crown: Polarizing Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert made all the right moves in preparing his colt for the trip east to run in the Preakness Stakes. From equipment to the timing involved in shipping NATIONAL TREASURE from California to Baltimore, Baffert did not bungle his shot at Winning his record 8th Preakness. The addition of … Continue reading Some Preakness Impressions

Who Wins The Preakness ?

The $1.65 million Preakness Stakes is down to a field of seven. FIRST MISSION was scratched, which leaves Kentucky Derby Winner MAGE only six horses to beat, to pick up the second jewel in his Triple Crown bid. For the first time this century there will be only one horse from the Kentucky Derby to return in two weeks for the Preakness as MAGE will try … Continue reading Who Wins The Preakness ?

Meet The Preakness Jockeys

The Preakness Stakes is the second leg of America’s prestigious Triple Crown series and Winning the race rates mighty high with just about every jockey. There are several other Hall of Fame riders in this year’s Preakness field, as well several who’ll be making their first start in the race. Let’s take a look at each of this years jockeys and who they’re riding. #1 NATIONAL TREASURE: … Continue reading Meet The Preakness Jockeys

Preakness Tips & Trends

The $1.5 million, Grade 1 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico follows (in a normal year) the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby as the second leg of the Triple Crown series- taking place just two weeks after the fabled first jewel of the Triple Crown at Churchill Downs. But handicappers (should) know that they need a different approach to this race, just fourteen days removed from the Run For The Roses. The … Continue reading Preakness Tips & Trends

A Preakness Primer

The Preakness Stakes, even with its 147 years of history, is a strangely modern event. Half elite day of horse racing, half festival, the middle jewel of the Triple Crown has evolved into a destination event for sports and music fans across the country. If you’re new to horse racing and/or the Preakness Stakes, here are the basics about Baltimore’s biggest party. WHO: Elite 3-Year-Olds…Male & Female. … Continue reading A Preakness Primer

The Withers Stakes

The New York State road to the 2023 Kentucky Derby moves on this Saturday, with the 143rd edition of the $250,000 Grade 3 Withers Stakes. Named after prominent 19th-century owner David Withers, the race was held for the first time in 1874 at Jerome Park. It has been held at several different tracks, but has been run at Aqueduct Park since 1997. Historically held in the spring, the Withers was … Continue reading The Withers Stakes

2022 Racing In Review

The 2022 horse racing season is coming to a close. There is certainly much to look back on, but for the sake of brevity and attention span, we’ll limit our trip down memory lane to a four race sprint. THE KENTUCKY DERBY: A horse acquired for a claiming tag is not supposed to go on to Win the Kentucky Derby. In fact, no one had done … Continue reading 2022 Racing In Review

Preakness In The Rear-View

Three take-a-ways from three of the major players in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. EARLY VOTING : Jockey Jose Ortiz has ridden the Preakness Stakes Winner in each of his four career starts, but his time with the horse extends well beyond that. When trainer Chad Brown needed Ortiz to work the horse in the morning, he always answered the call, something some accomplished jockeys are reluctant to do. “I’ve been … Continue reading Preakness In The Rear-View

Creative Secret

There is no Triple Crown on the line in this year’s $1.65 million Preakness Stakes. But Kentucky Oaks Winner SECRET OATH will face the 2nd- and 4th-place finishers from the Derby. The Preakness is scheduled as race 13 on a card of 14, with a scheduled Post Time of 7:05. Here then is a look at the field. 1. SIMPLIFICATION [ML 6-1] Trainer: Antonio Sano. Jockey: John Velazquez. … Continue reading Creative Secret

Shhh ! It’s A Secret

Kentucky Derby Winner RICH STRIKE is not running in the Preakness in order to rest up for the Belmont Stakes. Regardless, the 147th running of the $1.5 million dollar Grade 1 Preakness May 21st at Pimlico should still be an exceptionally exciting race. Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks Winner SECRET OATH will attempt to become the seventh filly in history to Win the race, following in the footsteps of … Continue reading Shhh ! It’s A Secret