The Fortus Files

The Fortus Files

By: Bob Fortus
May
19
2013
“There’s the king,’’ trainer D. Wayne Lukas said early Sunday morning as Preakness winner Oxbow was led into the van that would take him back to Churchill Downs. Oxbow, who...
May
18
2013
This was a Preakness that put the spotlight on horsemanship, knowledge and skill developed over many years in the barn and in the saddle. The old guys won – and did it with style. Oxbow,...
May
18
2013
Zee Bros’ victory in the Chick Lang was impressive because he led all the way on a track that clearly hasn’t been favorable lately to speed. The early fractions – 22.65 seconds for...
May
18
2013
This Preakness will be the 23rd called by Pimlico track announcer Dave Rodman. His first call was of Hansel’s runaway in 1991. Coincidentally, Hansel was trained by New Orleans native Frank...
May
18
2013
  The Pimlico dirt track appeared favorable to late-running horses Friday, and in the early races Saturday, the situation continued. Three of the first five races Saturday were run on the main...
May
18
2013
  Jockey Joel Rosario started the Preakness card with a victory on Aussi Austin in an allowance/optional claiming race around at a mile and a sixteenth. Aussi Austin was the favorite in a nine-...
May
18
2013
  It was 5:30 Saturday morning, the sky still dark, when Departing walked on to the Pimlico track. The Preakness was more than 12 hours away, and Departing began to jog a clockwise lap around...
May
17
2013
  Rosie Napravnik, who’ll be riding Mylute in the Preakness on Saturday, was reflecting fondly Friday on her early days as a young rider galloping at Pimlico for trainers Dickie Small and...
May
17
2013
  As Orb turned into the stretch in his gallop Friday morning at Pimlico, he changed leads on cue and stretched out nicely as he moved toward the finish line. Trainer Shug McGaughey keeps liking...
May
17
2013
  Football legend Paul Hornung, who is among the owners of Titletown Five, was on the backstretch Friday morning. Hornung, who won the Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame and is in the pro football...