American Pharoah shows no fatigue in first gallop since Preakness win

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jorge Alvarez was ready to feel something a little different beneath him Friday morning. Instead, the longtime exercise rider for trainer Bob Baffert said that if fatigue is setting in for dual classic winner American Pharoah, it's news to his hands.

In his second day back to the track and first gallop since his 7-length ...Read more

Moving Preakness would require change in state law, officials say

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As city officials pledged a fight to keep the Preakness in Baltimore, others pointed out Monday that state law prohibits the horse race from being moved to another track in Maryland.

Over the weekend, Sal Sinatra, vice president and general manager of the Maryland Jockey Club, floated the idea of moving the Preakness from Baltimore's Pimlico ...Read more

Preakness champion American Pharoah leaves Pimlico to ready for Belmont, Triple Crown

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Horse racing's latest Triple Crown threat left the home of the series' middle jewel Monday morning.

American Pharoah, expected to try to become the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes since Affirmed in 1978, left Pimlico Race Course for Churchill Downs, where the 3-year-old colt will prepare for the June 6 ...Read more

11 things we learned from Preakness 2015

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Here are some things we learned from Saturday's Preakness:

1. Baltimore can still throw a party. After weeks of national telecasts, headlines and news conferences focused on unrest in the city, Baltimore put on a much better face Saturday. Preakness Saturday offers the city an opportunity to shine in front of a national audience, and for all ...Read more

Preakness overnight TV ratings down on NBC

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Overnight TV ratings for the Preakness were down year to year, according to Nielsen Media Research data provided by NBC Sports.

Last year's Preakness earned a 6.0 overnight ratings, while Saturday's race did a 5.8.

The overnight rating in 2012 was 5.5. The highest recent rating was 6.8 in 2009.

Top local markets were: Baltimore, 16.8; ...Read more

With a Preakness win, Baffert and American Pharoah shift focus to Belmont, Triple Crown

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Bob Baffert worried about his horse in the days after the Kentucky Derby.

American Pharoah had won, yes, but he hadn't seemed himself on race day. The madhouse scene at Churchill Downs had worn him out.

So it was left to a record Preakness crowd to see the true majesty of Baffert's champion as he rumbled through a monsoon to win by seven ...Read more

Long shot Tale of Verve takes second in Preakness

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With Tale of Verve having been shut out of the Kentucky Derby -- judged the 21st-best horse in a field with room for 20 -- trainer Dallas Stewart and owner Charles Fipke had all the more reason to celebrate Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

There was no forcing Tale of Verve out of the eight-horse Preakness field, and the morning-line long shot ...Read more

American Pharoah wins rainy Preakness, keeps Triple Crown bid alive

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Bob Baffert didn't say much as he kept his gaze fixed on the television screen, trying to gain a glimpse of American Pharoah as the Kentucky Derby champion moved through a blinding rain storm toward the starting gate for the 140th Preakness.

Thunder rumbled in the background, and the downpour became so fierce that spectators used plastic ...Read more

Fans, residents want Preakness to stay in Baltimore, but officials say that might be impossible

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The general manager of the Maryland Jockey Club before the running of the 140th Preakness on Saturday said that as much as he'd prefer to keep the race in Baltimore, it might make more sense to move it to Laurel.

"Right now, I'd say Laurel is in the lead 1/8to host the Preakness3/8," said Sal Sinatra, who came to Maryland last year from Florida...Read more

American Pharoah wins rainy Preakness, keeps Triple Crown bid alive

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BALTIMORE -- It's difficult to win the Kentucky Derby and leave your supporters mildly disappointed. But so great is American Pharoah's talent that some people seemed crestfallen when he didn't fly away with the first leg of the Triple Crown.

The questions about this brilliant colt are falling away, however, after he won the 140th Preakness on ...Read more

Preakness longshots believe there's a way to upset the 'big three'

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With so much of the focus leading up to Saturday's Preakness on the "big three" horses -- American Pharoah, Firing Line, and Dortmund -- trainers of the other contending horses are quick to acknowledge their quality without laying the Black-Eyed Susan wreath on one of them before the race even begins.

"One of the things that compromises ...Read more

Preakness makes or breaks Triple Crown dreams

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BALTIMORE -- The Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes may be more glamorous, but it's the Preakness alone that can transform three distinct races into a Triple Crown.

When Derby winners falter at Pimlico, the anticipation and curiosity that animate the three races disappears. Whatever happened at Churchill Downs two weeks earlier fades from memory...Read more

American Pharoah has made believers out of many with Derby win

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Asked to identify the link between his previous five Preakness winners, Bob Baffert did not hesitate.

"We actually had the best horse every time I won here," the Hall of Fame trainer said. "It's what makes trainers look great, the best horses."

Baffert seemingly has the best horse again in American Pharoah, who beat a loaded Kentucky Derby ...Read more

Top contenders Firing Line, Dortmund present stiff challenge to Derby champ American Pharoah

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This one is all about the supporting characters.

American Pharoah is a brilliant horse, admired by all the wisest observers in the racing game. But the Kentucky Derby champion is always a sensation during Preakness week. What sets this year apart is the presence of two challengers who gave the champ all he wanted at Churchill Downs.

Start with...Read more

Promoters hope events like Black-Eyed Susan Stakes can increase horse racing's popularity

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BALTIMORE -- When veteran local thoroughbred trainer Jose Corrales looks into the grandstand during races and sees empty seats staring back at him, he admits he gets a "little depressed."

Then he goes home, turns on a baseball game and sees the stadium is packed. His depression for his sport deepens. That is why Corrales and others who have ...Read more

Preakness contenders work out at Pimlico for first time Thursday

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BALTIMORE -- A group of Preakness contenders who arrived Wednesday afternoon from Kentucky got their first experience on the Pimlico Race Course track Thursday morning.

Bob Baffert, trainer for Derby winner American Pharoah and Dortmund, who finished third, said both horses took to the track well.

"This cold air really ... puts them on their ...Read more

After sale, Mr. Z might race in Preakness after all

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One of the greatest trainers in Preakness history, six-time winner D. Wayne Lukas, created a bit of intrigue Wednesday by unexpectedly entering Mr. Z in Saturday's race.

Mr. Z's owner, Ahmed Zayat, had said he did not want to bring Mr. Z back on two weeks' rest after a 13th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. But Lukas was not to be denied.

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Firing Line shows he could have a lot left for Preakness

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The chasm between being good and being great can be heartbreaking in its razor-thin divide.

The total distance Firing Line has been beaten in his four career losses measures less than 2 lengths with two of those defeats coming by margins of a head. A couple strides here and there, and the reputation that the son of Line of ...Read more

Corrales, McCarthy hope to make Bodhisattva a winner at Preakness

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A horse-racing veteran of over 40 years, Jose Corrales knows enough ahead of his first Triple Crown race to know he'll be best served during Preakness week living up to his prized colt's name -- Bodhisattva.

The 3-year-old colt is named for the Buddhist term meaning "enlightened being." Corrales, the owner and trainer, knows he has a talented ...Read more

No Preakness for Todd Pletcher

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Seven-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher will have no starters in the Preakness as he informed Maryland Jockey Club officials Tuesday he would not send Grade I winner Materiality for the race.

Materiality finished a good sixth in the Kentucky Derby in what was just his fourth career start. Pletcher said the son of Afleet Alex ...Read more