Preakness Stakes

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Preakness Wrapup: Clouds Got in the Way

It was March 23, 16 days before the Wood Memorial and Blue Grass Stakes, and Chad Brown was discussing his Blue Grass Stakes starter and main Kentucky Derby hopeful Practical Joke. Brown was providing the typical upbeat obligatory comments you usually hear from a trainer of a Derby horse, providing reasons why he thinks the colt will run well in the Blue Grass and will be able to move forward off it and get the mile and a quarter on the first Saturday in May.... Read More

Preakness Questions Abound...Or do They?

Although Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, the overwhelming 3-5 morning line favorite, looks to be a standout as he takes his eight-race unbeaten streak into the Preakness Stakes, it is still a horse race, with post positions and track conditions playing a role in the scenario and possibly the outcome.... Read More

Bob-bsey Twins Steal the Show

With Preakness horses going out at all times during the morning, it was up to the Bob Baffert pair of American Pharoah and Dortmund to provide most of the entertainment for the 8:30 show. Both colts appear none the worse for wear after their tough battles in the Kentucky Derby, and the same has to be said for Firing Line, who has held his flesh beautifully and wanted to do more than his once around jog.... Read More

Chrome Sweet Chrome

Once again, we have reached the gates of the pantheon. Beyond beckons the ghosts of Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed, Citation, and the seven other Triple Crown winners who have attained immortality. Will a California-bred of obscure and unheralded parentage be allowed to enter when so many have been turned away? ... Read More

The Real Story Behind the '50-1' Shot

A couple of years ago, I wrote the back story of Mine That Bird's amazing Triple Crown journey. Now, with the motion picture '50-1' having its premiere in Albuquerque, N.M. Wednesday, March 19, I have added to it (and it is quite lengthy) in an effort to tell the entire story as I witnessed it.... Read More

The Selling of the 1989 Triple Crown

It was 25 years ago this spring. There hadn't been a sweep of the Triple Crown in what then seemed to be an interminable 11 years. Racing fans had been spoiled by the Roaring Seventies when three horses swept the Crown and two others captured the first two legs. And on three other occasions, a horse won either the Derby and Belmont or Preakness and Belmont. So in eight of the 10 years, a horse captured two legs of the Triple Crown.... Read More

Haskin's Belmont Recap: Malice in Wonderland

If this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes taught us anything it is that Thoroughbred racing has its own unique way of transporting the past into the present, recycling great achievements and sometimes surpassing them.... Read More

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