Preakness

Maryland Racing Commission Agrees Unanimously To Change Secretariat's 1973 Preakness Stakes To A Record 1:53 After Hearing

BALTIMORE, 06-19-12---The Maryland Racing Commission voted Tuesday afternoon in a special hearing at Laurel Park that 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, who set records that still stand at the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes, also set the record in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course 39 years ago.

In a unanimous 7-0 decision, the official time of the Preakness was changed from 1:54 2/5 to 1:53. Secretariat is one of 11 thoroughbreds to win the Triple Crown, with victories in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont as a 3-year-old.

Preakness Winner I'll Have Another Heads To Belmont Park, O'Neill-Trained Colt Continues Quest For Triple Crown Sweep; Two-Time Runner-Up Bodemeister Will Sit Out Belmont Stakes

BALTIMORE, 05-20-12 – I’ll Have Another’s connections loaded their Preakness Stakes winner onto a van Sunday morning at Pimlico Race Course to begin their journey to Belmont Park in their continuing quest to sweep racing’s Triple Crown.

I'll Have Another Wins Preakness In Photo Finish, Edges 'Bode' By A Neck In Quest For Triple Crown; Race For The Ages Brings Record Crowd To Pimlico

BALTIMORE, 05-19-12 – I’ll Have Another moved one step closer to a Triple Crown sweep Saturday at Pimlico Race Course with a thrilling narrow victory over a tenacious Bodemeister in the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes.

Reddam Racing LLC’s 3-year-old colt, who defeated Bodemeister by 1 ½ lengths to win the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs two weeks earlier, was pushed to the limit to prevail by a neck over the Bob Baffert-trained pacesetter in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

Hudson Steele Wins Jӓgermeister Dixie Stakes

 BALTIMORE, 05-19-12 – Roger J. Weiss’ Hudson Steele won for the fifth time in seven tries on the turf Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, registering his biggest score of them all in the $300,000 Jӓgermeister Dixie Stakes (G2).

Todd Pletcher trains the son of Johannesburg, who won the Henry Clark Stakes over this course on April 28. In the Dixie, he carried Javier Castellano to a 2 ½ -length victory in 1:47.29 for the nine-furlong distance over the firm turf.  Humble and Hungry finished second and Forte Dei Marmi was third.

Awesomemundo Wins Allaire Dupont Distaff

BALTIMORE, 05-19-12 – Natalie J. Baffert’s Awesomemundo fell far back early before rallying to win the $100,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (G3) Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

The Bob Baffert-trained filly completed the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:44.70, winning by just a head over Love and Pride after a contentious battle to the finish line.  Catch a Thief took third.

Skyring Captures James Murphy Stakes

BALTIMORE, 05-19-12 – Trainer D. Wayne Lukas saddled Skyring to win the $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes, his second stakes victory in as many races on Saturday’s Preakness Day undercard at Pimlico Race Course.

Ridden by Joel Rosario, Skyring captured his first stakes triumph in his first start on the turf. The bay colt ran the one mile on the turf in 1:35.64, besting Easy Crossing at the finish by just a neck. Mr. Handsome finished third, a nose behind Easy Crossing.

Hamazing Destiny Wins Maryland Sprint

 BALTIMORE, 05-19-12 – Westrock Stables LLC & Barry Butzow’s Hamazing Destiny sat off a spirited duel before surging past the leaders to win the $100,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap (G3) Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

Corey Nakatani rode the son of Salt Lake for legendary trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Hamazing Destiny ran the six-furlong distance in 1:10.48 and finished 1-1/2 lengths ahead of Bandbox, with Action Andy rallying to take third.

Winning for the first time in two years, Hamazing Destiny paid $7.80.

IL Villano Streaks To Chick Lang Stakes Win

BALTIMORE, 05-19-12 – Chuck Russo’s Il Villano broke on top when betting favorite Innocent Man went to his knees at the start, then surrendered the lead to the betting favorite, only to take it back for good at the top of the stretch on his way to victory in the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

Il Villano, under jockey Jose Flores for trainer Susan Crowell, completed the six-furlong distance in 1:10.40, prevailing over late closer Laurie’s Rocket by 4 ¾  lengths. Favored Innocent Man finished third.

T M Fred Texas Takes President Of UAE Cup

 BALTIMORE, 05-19-12 – Shiek Joann Bin Hamad K. H. Al-Thani’s T M Fred Texas continued his domination of North American Arabian-bred horses, romping to victory in the $75,000 President of UAE  CUP (G1) Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

Zagora Dominates In Gallorette Handicap

 BALTIMORE, 05-19-12 – Martin S. Schwartz’ Zagora and jockey Javier Castellano found all the room they needed in the stretch to launch their rally and win the $150,000 Gallorette Stakes (G3) at Pimlico Race Course Saturday.

The Chad Brown trainee completed the 1 1/16-mile test on firm turf in 1:41.73 as the even-money favorite. Speak Easy, who led from the start, held on to finish second, 1 ¾ lengths behind the winner. Laughing, who chased Speak Easy all the way around, edged Smart Sting to take third.

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