Russell, Rigattieri, PTK LLC Capture Spring Meet Titles

     BALTIMORE, 05-23-11---The eight-week Pimlico Race Course spring meeting ended Saturday afternoon with Sheldon Russell, John Rigattieri and PTK LLC winning individual titles. The 29-day stand began at the historic home of the Preakness Stakes (G1) on April 1.

Shackleford Looking Good After Preakness Win; Animal Kingdom Fine After Second-Place Finish

     BALTIMORE, 05-22-11– Trainer Dale Romans returned to the Preakness Stakes Barn shortly after 7:30 a.m. Sunday with trays of Starbucks drinks for media members who arrived for updates on his impressive winner of the Middle Jewel of racing’s Triple Crown.

Shackleford Holds Off Animal Kingdom In Preakness Stakes

     BALTIMORE, 05-21-11– After pressing a fast early pace, Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge’s Shackleford took the lead into the homestretch and had just enough energy in reserve to hold off a charging Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom by a half-length to capture Saturday’s $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1).

Paddy O’Prado Circles Up To Win Jagermeister Dixie Stakes

     BALTIMORE, 05-21-11 – Despite a slow pace, Donegal Racing’s Paddy O’Prado rallied from last to win the historic $200,000 Jägermeister Dixie Stakes (G2) at Pimlico Race Course.

Apart Gets Up To Win William Donald Schaefer Memorial Stakes

     BALTIMORE, 05-21-11 –Adele B. Dilschneider’s Apart overtook Colizeo in deep stretch to win the $100,000 William Donald Schaefer Memorial Stakes (G3).

     Ms. Dilschneider, jockey Garrett Gomez and trainer Al Stall, who shared today’s victory, won last year’s Schaefer with  eventual 2010 champion older male Blame.

No Explaining Surges to Win Omnilife Gallorette Handicap; Shared Account Finishes Fourth in 2011 Debut

     BALTIMORE, 05-21-11 – Harlequin Ranches’ No Explaining (IRE) came off the rail and powered to victory in $100,000 Omnilife Gallorette Handicap (G3) over the turf course at Pimlico.

     Shared Account, the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Fillies & Mare Turf winner, closed from off the pace to finish fourth while conceding 10-13 pounds to her rivals in her 2011 debut.

Ventana Prevails in AMResorts Maryland Sprint

     BALTIMORE, 05-21-11 – Karl Watson, Michael E. Pegram & Paul Weitman’s Ventana  prevailed over Immortal Eyes following a hotly contested stretch duel to win the $100,000 AMResorts Maryland Sprint Handicap (G3) this afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.

     Jockey Travis Dunkelberger, aboard Immortal Eyes, claimed foul against Martin Garcia, the rider of Ventana, claiming interference during the late stages of the stretch run, but the stewards did not rule in his favor.

Chinglish Takes James W. Murphy Stakes

     BALTIMORE, 05-21-11—Jerry & Ronald Frankel’s Chinglish ran down the pacesetters through the stretch to win the $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.

     Covering the mile distance across the turf in 1:40.05 under John Velazquez, Chinglish beat Humble and Hungry by 2 ¾ lengths. Master Dunker rallied from far back to take third. Early pacesetter Joes Blazing Aaron, the 7-5 favorite ridden by Julien Leparoux, faded to fourth.

Vengeful Wildcat Strikes In Chick Lang Stakes

BALTIMORE, 05-21-11 – New Farm’s Vengeful Wildcat pressed pacesetter Chipshot before wresting the lead in mid-stretch on his way to victory in the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes, a sprint for 3-year-olds Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

     Breaking alertly under jockey Carlos Marquez Jr., the son of Vindication prevailed by a neck and completed the six-furlong distance in 1:10.54. A winner of three races in five starts, including the Tyro Stakes at Monmouth last summer, Vengeful Wildcat is trained by Ben Perkins, Jr.

Super Espresso Perks Up In Allaire duPont Distaff

     BALTIMORE, 05-21-11 – Bobby Flay’s Super Espresso, who had a distinct dislike for turf in her previous start, demonstrated a fondness for Pimlico’s main track Saturday with a rallying score in the $100,000 Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes (G3).

     Next to last down the backstretch under jockey Ramon Dominguez, Super Espresso swept wide around horses entering the stretch before out-battling Payton d’Oro nearing the wire to win by three-quarters of a length.

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