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May 17–19

To Feel The Experience



The Preakness Stakes is steeped in Maryland history and heritage and is where racing tradition and attachment run deep.



The Middle Jewel in the legendary Triple Crown where the best horses and jockeys compete for a chance at the ultimate prize in Thoroughbred Racing. If it doesn’t happen here, it doesn’t happen.



$1,500,000 is the purse but just as important are the coveted Woodlawn Vase and iconic blanket of Black-Eyed Susans which symbolize the grandeur of this epic contest.



It’s a party with a racetrack and you're invited. Where rockstars and racing combine for an event that has become a legend of its own.

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Quip $482,800 earnings
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Lone Sailor $334,237 earnings
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Sporting Chance $409,790 earnings
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Diamond King $222,600 earnings
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Good Magic $2,255,500 earnings
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Tenfold $124,200 earnings
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Justify $2,098,000 earnings
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Bravazo $436,528 earnings


Owner - WinStar Farm LLC, China Horse Club International Ltd., SF Racing LLC

Trainer - Rodolphe Brisset

Jockey - Florent Geroux

Pedigree - Distorted Humor – Princess Ash, by Indian Charlie

No joke – they passed the Kentucky Derby for the Preakness because it’s the Triple Crown race that “fits him the best,” according to trainer Rodolphe Brisset, a former exercise rider and then assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. Quip won the Tampa Bay Derby in March and, last time out, was second in the Arkansas Derby. He likes to run close to the front.

Lone Sailor

Owner - G M B Racing

Trainer - Thomas M. Amoss

Jockey - Irad Ortiz

Pedigree - Majestic Warrior – Ambitious, by Mr. Greeley

Entered the Kentucky Derby as one of the most experienced runners with eight previous starts, broke from Post 8 and finished eighth in the field of 20. He finished third in the Breeders’ Futurity as a 2-year-old and second in the Louisiana Derby in his final Derby prep. G M B is headed by philanthropist Gayle Benson, the widow of New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson, who died March 15 at age 90.

Sporting Chance

Owner - Robert C. Baker and William L. Mack

Trainer - D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey - Luis Contreras

Pedigree - Tiznow – Wynning Ride, by Candy Ride

Purchased for $575,000 as a yearling, Sporting Chance comes into the Preakness off a fourth-place finish at Churchill Downs in the Pat Day Mile on Kentucky Derby Day. He won the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga as a 2-year-old for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. His sire Tiznow was Horse of the Year in 2000 and his dam was stakes placed for trainer Bob Baffert. He has a….sporting chance.

Diamond King

Owner - Cash is King LLC, D.J. Stable LLC, LC Racing LLL

Trainer - John C. Servis

Jockey - Javier Castellano

Pedigree - Quality Road-Akron Moon, by Malibu Moon

There’s a lot of experience in Diamond King’s corner. Trainer John Servis won the 2004 Preakness and Kentucky Derby with Smarty Jones, and Cash is King’s managing partner Chuck Zacney owned 2005 Preakness and Belmont winner Afleet Alex. Diamond King earned his way into the Preakness by winning the Federico Tesio. His sire won the Florida Derby in 2009.

Good Magic

Owner - e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables

Trainer - Chad C. Brown

Jockey - Jose L. Ortiz

Pedigree - Curlin – Glinda the Good, by Hard Spun

Good Magic was second behind Justify in the Kentucky Derby and won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Sire was a two-time Horse of the Year, and his dam was a stakes-winner who finished fifth in the 2012 Black-Eyed Susan. Trainer Chad Brown has earned the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer the past two years. Lots of positives.


Owner - Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC

Trainer - Steve M. Asmussen

Jockey - Ricardo Santana Jr.

Pedigree - Curlin – Temptress, by Tapit

His sire was a two-time Horse of the Year and 2007 Preakness winner that is now enshrined in the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame, Trainer Steve Asmussen won the Preakness in 2009 with filly Rachel Alexandra, earned his 8,000th career victory May 6 at Churchill Downs, and has trained three Horses of the Year including Pegasus World Cup Invitational winner Gun Runner. Tenfold won the first two starts of his life this winter at Oaklawn Park and was fifth in the April 14 Arkansas Derby in his most recent outing.


Owner - China Horse Club International Ltd., Head of Plains Partners LLC, Starlight Racing, WinStar Farm

Trainer - Bob Baffert

Jockey - Mike E. Smith

Pedigree - Scat Daddy – Stage Magic, by Ghostzapper

In becoming the sixth straight favorite to win the Kentucky Derby, front-running Justify also became the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to wear roses after not racing as a 2-year-old. The Preakness will be only his fifth career start but third straight in a Grade 1 race including a win in the Santa Anita Derby. Bob Baffert now owns five Derby wins, second-most in race history, and will be seeking his record-tying seventh Preakness victory. His last came with 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

Oh, and by the way, the four previous Derby winners Baffert has brought to Pimlico…they have all won the Preakness.


Owner - Calumet Farm

Trainer - D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey - Luis Saez

Pedigree - Awesome Again – Tiz O’ Gold, by Cee’s Tizzy

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has saddled six – count ‘em – six Preakness winners and – get ready – 14 winners of Triple Crown events. His last was Calumet’s Oxbow in 2013. Bravazo finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby, out-running his 66-1 odds while racing four or five wide. Bravazo’s sire Awesome Again won the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in 1998.

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Tell Your Mama $66,865 earnings
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Midnight Disguise $272,600 earnings
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Coach Rocks $235,682 earnings
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Red Ruby $133,000 earnings
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Mihrab $66,440 earnings
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C.S. Incharge $101,940 earnings
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Goodonehoney $99,453 earnings
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Indy Union $85,117 earnings
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Sara Street $138,100 earnings
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Stakes on a Plane $43,782 earnings

Tell Your Mama

Owner - Loooch Racing Stables Inc.

Trainer - Robert Hess Jr.

Jockey - Javier Castellano

Pedigree - Blame – Taletobetold, by Tale of the Cat

Tell Your Mama is the only horse in the Black-Eyed Susan still seeking her first career victory, though she has finished second three times and third twice. Her ambitious owner, Ron Paolucci, tried her in a pair of previous graded stakes without success. Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano has won the Black-Eyed Susan twice, in 2014 and 2015.

Midnight Disguise

Owner - Dr. William Wilmot, Dr. Joan Taylor

Trainer - Linda Rice

Jockey - Irad Ortiz Jr.

Pedigree - Midnight Lute – Thin Disguise, by Yes It’s True

Bred by her owners, who met in veterinary school and have been married for 34 years, Midnight Disguise is the only filly in the Black-Eyed Susan to have two stakes victories to her credit – both coming over the winter in New York. She has the most wins of any horse in the group with four from six races. She will wear blinkers for the first time and be reunited with Irad Ortiz Jr., who is 2-for-2 when riding.

Coach Rocks

Owner - Roddy Valente, RAP Racing and West Point Thoroughbreds

Trainer - Dale Romans

Jockey - Luis Saez

Pedigree - Oxbow – Mexican Moonlight, by El Prado

It Coach Rocks seven tries to win her first race, but she’s since won the Gulfstream Park Oaks and finished seventh in the Kentucky Oaks. Basketball coach Rick Pitano is a co-owner. Oxbow, Coach Rock’s sire, won the 2013 Preakness. One of two horses in the Black-Eyed Susan trained by Dale Romans.

Red Ruby

Owner - Sandra Sexton, Brandi Nicholson and Steven Nicholson

Trainer - Kellyn Gorde

Jockey - Paco Lopez

Pedigree - Tiznow – Caroni, by Rubiano

Her father, Tiznow, won the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2000 and 2001, was a three-time champion including 2000 Horse of the Year, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2009. She won the Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 10 over a sloppy track at Oaklawn Park and will be racing for the first time since finishing fourth in the Honeybee (G3) March 10.


Owner - RMJ Stables

Trainer - H. Graham Motion

Jockey - Jevian Toledo

Pedigree - Tiznow – Bsharpsonata, by Pulpit

Won an optional claimer by eight lengths April 28 at Laurel Park in her last start. Her father, Tiznow, won the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2000 and 2001, was a three-time champion including 2000 Horse of the Year, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2009. Trainer Graham Motion won the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom. Jockey Jevian Toledo was the leading rider in Maryland by wins in 2015 and 2017.

C.S. Incharge

Owner - William Pacella, Frank L. Jones Jr., and Frank Shoop

Trainer - Dale Romans

Jockey - Julien Leparoux

Pedigree - Take Charge Indy – C.S. Royce, by Unbridled’s Song

Won the Suncoast Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs after winning her first race in January at Gulfstream Park. In her last start she finished sixth in the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland April 7. Trainer Romans also trained the mother, who won two of 13 races. Her father won the 2012 Florida Derby.


Owner - Bob Krangel, Kasey K Racing Stable & Michael Day, Final Turn Racing Stable

Trainer - Jason Egan

Jockey - Steve ‘Cowboy’ Hamilton

Pedigree - Great Notion – Diva’s Gold, by Tenpins

Goodonehoney is the only Black-Eyed Susan filly representing the home team, bred in Maryland and based at Laurel Park with trainer Jason Egan. She is also the only undefeated horse in the race, going a perfect 2-for-2. Her most recent win came April 21 in the Weber City Miss, a victory that earned her an automatic berth into the Black-Eyed Susan. Jockey Hamilton got his nickname rodeo riding in his native Oklahoma.

Indy Union

Owner - Robert G. Hahn

Trainer - Jeremiah Englehart

Jockey - Jose Ortiz

Pedigree - Union Rags – Fap Indy, by A.P. Indy

Her father won the Belmont Stakes in 2012, exactly 20 years after her grandfather did the same thing. A.P. Indy was a two-time champion who was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2000. Indy Union used a strong late run to get up for second in the Weber City Miss, a ‘Win and You’re In’ race for the Black-Eyed Susan. She has finished off the board in two previous graded-stakes attempts.

Sara Street

Owner - Godolphin LLC

Trainer - Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey - Dylan Davis

Pedigree - Street Sense – Sara Louise, by Malibu Moon

The Black-Eyed Susan will be her fifth career start, third straight in a stakes race, and second graded-stakes in a row. She set the pace only to lose the lead but fight back to be second in the Gazelle (G2) in her last race. Her sire, Street Sense, won the Kentucky Derby in 2007 and was second in that year’s Preakness. She was bred by her owners.

Stakes on a Plane

Owner - Maxis Stable

Trainer - Jeff Talley

Jockey - Sheldon Russell

Pedigree - Run Away and Hide – Zeenut, by Mingun

Owner Sidney Karmia of San Antonio developed a friendship with trainer Jeff Talley after Talley claimed one of his horses several years ago, and now he trains all of Karmia’s horses. They claimed their Black-Eyed Susan filly for $25,000 after she won her second career start last fall. She trained over the local surface at Pimlico in the winter and spring and has made her last three starts in Maryland, winning once.

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