Phil-ing in the Blanks

Phil-ing in the Blanks

By: Phil Janack
May
18
2013
On Preakness day last year, Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill and his fun-loving crew found their way to the seemingly never-ending Pimlico party that is InfieldFest. Today, beer and...
May
18
2013
Why can’t every day start this way? Walking into Pimlico this morning, a small, white, square scrap of paper – the kind often seen discarded outside racetracks – was blowing along...
May
17
2013
There were Hall of Famers, present and future, all over the Pimlico backstretch on a sunny and warm Friday morning. Sitting in the shade on a bench at the far end of the stakes barn was 77-year-old...
May
16
2013
Spoiling racing’s feel-good story of the year is something Al Stall Jr. has done before. In the fall of 2010, beneath the twin spires of Churchill Downs, the Stall-trained Blame held on to win...
May
15
2013
  To look at Barbara Jo Rubin these days, with her fast and frequent smile and easy-going manner, it’s hard to imagine the hardships she faced as a professional rider more than 40 years...
May
15
2013
  His given name is Claude R. McGaughey III, not that anyone uses it much, especially himself. In the same spirit as musical superstars such as Cher, Madonna and Sting, the Kentucky Derby-...
May
14
2013
Twenty-five years after he last ran a horse in the Preakness, trainer Shug McGaughey is back on Old Hilltop. Just like 1989, he’s here with the horse everyone thinks will win. The 62-year-old...
May
13
2013
  He’s not necessarily a reluctant hero, just more of a humble one. On Saturday, Kevin Krigger will become only the seventh black jockey to ride in 138 Preakness Stakes, and the first...
May
13
2013
Seven minutes after three this afternoon, a green and white Sallee horse van carrying Kentucky Derby winner Orb pulled into the backstretch of Pimlico Race Course. Four minutes later, led by...
May
12
2013
There are no spires or spas, mountains or beaches near the track at Pimlico, but the old place has something that Churchill or Saratoga or Santa Anita or Del Mar don't. Pimlico has the Preakness...