Preakness Sets All-Time Records; Crushes Handle and Attendance Marks

Breaks Previous Handle Mark from 2005 as Exaggerator Upsets Nyquist
BALTIMORE – The Maryland Jockey Club announced that Saturday’s 141st Preakness Stakes (G1) set all-time records for total handle and attendance for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.
A record crowd of 135,256 watched at historic Pimlico Race Course as Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Exaggerator handed Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby (G1) winner Nyquist his first defeat in nine career starts. 

Preakness Stakes Trainer Quotes

Winning Trainer Keith Desormeaux (Exaggerator): “I’m just glad I get to walk across this track and take a picture on that side. When you get to take your picture taken on the turf course, you know you’ve done well. 
“It’s kind of like the Santa Anita Derby, to know that you have the race won pretty much at the eighth pole, you’ve got to enjoy it.”

Takeover Target Hits Mark in $250,000 Longines Dixie (G2)

BALTIMORE – Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s homebred Takeover Target rallied from last to first with a determined stretch run to reel in Ring Weekend and win the 115th running of the $250,000 Longines Dixie (G2) by a neck Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
It was the third career graded-stakes win for the 4-year-old Harlan’s Holiday colt and second stakes victory of the day for jockey Joel Rosario, who also captured the $100,000 The Very One with Lady Shipman.

Mizz Money Narrow Winner of Stella Artois Gallorette (G3)

BALTIMORE – Making her debut on the Pimlico Race Course turf, L.T.B. Inc. and Hillerich Racing Inc.’s homebred Mizz Money emerged from a three-horse photo with a head victory in the 65th running of the $150,000 Stella Artois Gallorette (G3) on Saturday.
Trained by Bernie Flint, Mizz Money ($11.80) stalked pacesetting Josdesanimaux through six furlongs, edged away to a short lead in mid-stretch and held off late bids from 70-1 long shot Vielsalm and Heath for her second graded-stakes victory.

Justin Squared Stays Perfect in $100,000 Chick Lang

BALTIMORE – Zayat Stables’ Justin Squared kept his perfect record intact with a gate-to-wire, two-length victory in the seventh running of the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert for Zayat Stables, who teamed up to win the 140th Preakness Stakes (G1) with American Pharoah en route to the 2015 Triple Crown, 4-5 favorite Justin Squared ($3.60) ran six furlongs in 1:11.41 over a muddy main track.

Lady Shipman Too Tough in $100,000 The Very One

BALTIMORE – Ranlo Investments’ well-traveled multiple-stakes winner Lady Shipman made a triumphant return to Maryland with a commanding 2 ¼-length victory in the $100,000 The Very One Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

Marengo Road Wins Turf Return in $100,000 James W. Murphy

BALTIMORE – Back on turf for the first time since last fall, Harry and Tom Meyerhoff LLC’s Marengo Road opened up in the stretch and held off late-running Aquaphobia for a 1 ¼-length triumph in the seventh running of the $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes.

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.

Nyquist Jogs Two Miles for Start in Saturday’s Preakness; Desormeaux: ‘I Want to Take My Picture in the Sun’; More News

Desormeaux: ‘I Want to Take My Picture in the Sun’
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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.
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