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Carina Mia rallies in Acorn Stakes

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ELMONT, N.Y. -- Even after watching Carina Mia run by Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia in the stretch of Saturday's Grade I, $700,000 Acorn Stakes, trainer Bill Mott refused to indulge himself in the game of what-might-have-been had the daughter of Malibu Moon been able to run a few hours later on May 6.

The Hall of Famer instead focused on ...Read more

Frosted makes monster statement with Met Mile triumph

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ELMONT, N.Y. -- Earlier in the week, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin actually expressed concern that the eight-furlong distance of the Grade I, $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap might be a tad short for his Grade I winner Frosted.

The race that is known as a stallion-maker ended up as the ultimate advertisement for the son of Tapit's brilliance.

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Belmont Stakes favorite Exaggerator finally the star of the show

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ELMONT, N.Y. -- It was barely three months ago that trainer Keith Desormeaux openly wondered if Exaggerator had hit a wall, saying in the aftermath of the colt's third-place run in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes that perhaps the son of Curlin "might be maxing out at a mile."

It was just five weeks ago that many wondered if the dark bay colt ...Read more

Bad boy Lani commanding respect in advance of Belmont Stakes

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ELMONT, N.Y. -- Somewhere between the whirlwind atmosphere that surrounded him in Kentucky, his brief jaunt to Baltimore and subsequent return to New York, Lani appears to have lost the memo that he is supposed to be the crazy one.

The gray son of Tapit who has made himself at home on the Belmont Park oval in recent weeks doesn't quite match up...Read more

Preakness winner Exaggerator 9-5 favorite for Saturday's Belmont

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ELMONT, N.Y. -- Being the focus of widespread attention isn't something that sits too comfortably with trainer Keith Desormeaux. It has nothing to do with the veteran horseman being ungrateful and everything to do with the fact he just doesn't want to miss any intangibles his charges communicate.

"My intensity is in watching those horses train,...Read more

Jockey Desormeaux out of rehab, preparing for Belmont Stakes

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ELMONT, N.Y. -- His time on the Belmont Park apron Tuesday morning began with a media relations reminder that Kent Desormeaux was there to take questions about Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator and his prospects for the final leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday, nothing more. And though the Hall of Fame jockey did end up making a brief ...Read more

In Belmont Stakes, success is often all in the family

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The morning after he watched his colt ruin any chance of Belmont Park playing host to a Triple Crown coronation for another season, trainer Keith Desormeaux and his confidence were as buoyant as the indefatigable son of Curlin pulling him around the shedrow.

He was less than 24 hours removed from watching his younger brother, Kent, guide his ...Read more

Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist returns to track for first time since Preakness

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Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist returned to the track Thursday morning for the first time since spiking a fever days after his third-place finish in the Preakness Stakes on May 21.

Accompanied on the pony by Jack Sisterson, assistant to trainer Doug O'Neill, Nyquist jogged one lap around the main track at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

The ...Read more

Nyquist out of the Belmont Stakes, headed back to California

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The expected rematch of Nyquist and Exaggerator, winners of the first two legs of the Triple Crown, will not happen at the Belmont Stakes after all.

Nyquist trainer Doug O'Neill said Tuesday morning that the 3-year-old colt's blood work showed an elevated white cell count and his temperature, after being normal earlier in the morning, was back ...Read more

Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist spikes temperature, does not ship to New York

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Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist did not ship from Baltimore to New York to begin preparations for the Belmont Stakes as planned on Monday after he was found to have a 102 degree temperature, trainer Doug O'Neill confirmed via text message.

The news was first reported by the Daily Racing Form.

Nyquist suffered his first career loss in nine starts...Read more

Desormeaux brothers atop racing world, eyeing Belmont after Exaggerator win in Preakness

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For trainer Keith Desormeaux, Exaggerator's victory in the 141st Preakness was not about a deepening rivalry with Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist or about upending the latest quest for a Triple Crown.

It was more personal than that, both because he achieved his career highlight in tandem with his younger brother, jockey Kent Desormeaux, and ...Read more

Nyquist's unbeaten run and Triple Crown bid are ended by Exaggerator in a muddy Preakness Stakes

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BALTIMORE -- Trainer Keith Desormeaux always hates to talk about what it means to have brother Kent riding for him in some of the most important races of their lives.

He doesn't like that people expect them to be awash in family love. You know, Wally and the Beaver times three.

So, there it was after his colt Exaggerator stopped Nyquist's ...Read more

Exaggerator surges past Nyquist to win Preakness

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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 Saturday's Preakness rather than getting trapped near the ...Read more

Exaggerator chases down Nyquist to win 141st Preakness

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BALTIMORE -- Through a string of races in California and the biggest one of them all in Kentucky, they chased Nyquist.

Twice trainer Keith Desormeaux thought they had him hooked and ready to pass. Each time, Nyquist found an extra gear.

Persistence paid off Saturday when Exaggerator finally passed his rival with a mighty charge to win the ...Read more

Horses Pramedya and Homeboykris die at early Preakness Day races

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BALTIMORE -- Maryland-bred Homeboykris, a 9-year-old horse that ran in the 2010 Kentucky Derby, collapsed and died after winning the first race at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, according to a Pimlico official.

More misfortune struck in the final turn of Race 4 when Pramedya, a 4-year-old filly running out of the No. 8 position, collapsed on ...Read more

Much like NFL, Maryland horse racing heightens focus on concussion safety for jockeys

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BALTIMORE -- Jockeys don't need to be racing to take a spill. Last month, during a post parade at Laurel Park, Trevor McCarthy's horse reared up and tossed the 22-year-old rider, who slammed into the ground.

Immediately, McCarthy, one of Maryland's top jockeys, underwent a battery of tests at the track administered by a sports medicine ...Read more

Exaggerator needs a victory to make it a real rivalry

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BALTIMORE -- Few things make sports more interesting than a good rivalry. Even if that rivalry might be nothing more than wishful thinking.

Horse racing was widely popular in 1978 when Affirmed and Alydar hooked up in the three Triple Crown races. Affirmed won them all by a total of less than two lengths.

Now, with a Triple Crown for the ...Read more

On eve of Preakness Stakes, confidence overflowing from Nyquist camp

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BALTIMORE -- The smile hasn't left trainer Doug O'Neill's face since ... well, it just hasn't.

He hasn't given any outward sign that conditioning an unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner brings added stress to one's life. O'Neill has, in fact, remained so loose that he was asked multiple times Friday on the Pimlico Race Course backstretch whether he ...Read more

Could Nyquist make it back-to-back Triple Crowns?

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BALTIMORE -- American Pharoah answered the question that had hung over every Preakness and Belmont Stakes for 37 years: Which horse would finally end the Triple Crown drought?

Now that the heir to Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed is out to stud on a farm in Kentucky, a new question has dominated the run-up to Saturday's 141st Preakness at...Read more

Uncle Lino likes to go to the front

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BALTIMORE -- There they were, two old friends from Pleasanton, Calif., looking at the horse they say can beat Nyquist and win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

Gary Sherlock, the trainer of Uncle Lino, stood back leaning against a fence early Thursday outside his stall at Pimlico Race Course while Tom Mansor, the principal owner, inspected the ...Read more