Always Sunshine Breaks Through in Sagamore Spirit Maryland Sprint Handicap (G3)

BALTIMORE – On a cloudy and cool Saturday afternoon, Always Sunshine broke through with his first career graded-stakes victory in the $150,000 Sagamore Spirit Maryland Sprint Stakes (G3) at Pimlico Race Course.
The 30th running of the Maryland Sprint for 3-year-olds and up was the first of eight stakes and four graded stakes on a spectacular 14-race Preakness Day program at Pimlico Race Course.

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King Leatherbury On Ben’s Cat

BALTIMORE - Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury, 83, will saddle his 10-year-old gelding Ben’s Cat Friday at Pimlico Race Course in the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint, a race he’s won three consecutive years and four out of the last five.
Bred, owned and trained by Leatherbury, the popular Ben’s Cat, a winner of 31 of 54 races and $2.5 million, is one of only five horses in the last 40 years to win 25 stakes.

Stanford Out of Sagamore Spirit Pimlico Special

BALTIMORE - Stanford, the 8-5 morning-line favorite, will not ship down from New York for Friday’s $300,000 Sagamore Spirit Pimlico Special. 
“We’ve decided to wait for the Met Mile,” trainer Todd Pletcher said in a text message. 

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BALTIMORE – Reddam Racing LLC’s Nyquist was installed as the 3-5 morning-line favorite following Wednesday’s post position draw for Saturday’s 141st running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.

Strength in Numbers for Team Casse in Gallorette (G3)

$150,000 Grass Stakes Draws Competitive Field of 12
BALTIMORE – Though it will be active throughout the weekend with starters in nine of the 15 stakes on tap at Pimlico Race Course, trainer Mark Casse’s team will be at its busiest about two hours before saddling Fellowship in the 141st Preakness (G1).

G1 Winners Force the Pass, Grand Arch Tangle in Dixie (G2)

Eight Other Graded Winners in Field for $250,000 Turf Stakes
BALTIMORE – Grade 1 winners Force the Pass and Grand Arch head a solid field of older turf horses running in the $250,000 Longines Dixie Stakes (G2) on the Preakness undercard Saturday.
The 115th running of the mile-and-a-sixteenth race drew 13 horses, 10 of them graded stakes winners.
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