May 19, 2014
As soon as the gate opened, the 139th Preakness was a battle of tactics and wits as much as a test of raw speed. The field was loaded with potential front-runners, and the jockeys neither wanted to let a formidable rival steal away nor get involved in ...
May 15, 2014
California Chrome chose neither his parents nor his destiny. As a Thoroughbred racehorse, you pretty much work with what you’re handed at birth, and what he has done is remarkable, rising from the protection of restricted stakes competition to sit atop ...
May 14, 2014
When California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby, racing fans loved the story: down-to-earth owners, an old-school trainer, and a humbly bred colt. The saga could get even better as California Chrome attempts to win Saturday’s Preakness and move closer to ...
This has been another difficult year for the brethren in the jockey community, with a long list of members on the infirmary list.
May 12, 2014
The belief that horses need lengthy rest between races has become part of the orthodoxy of the sport.
May 07, 2014
Now that California Chrome has validated his West Coast form and silenced all but the most stubborn skeptics, there will be a tendency lean too far in the other direction. A word of warning, though. The foregone conclusions drawn in the immediate wake ...
May 06, 2014
There are significant races in the Mid-Atlantic in the spring, summer, and fall, races with great tradition and big purses. The Preakness at Pimlico, however, stands alone.
May 18, 2013
When Oxbow led all the way to score a 16-to-1 upset in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, the result confirmed one tent of trainer Wayne Lukas’s philosophy: You can’t win if you don’t run.
May 16, 2013
The horse race called the Preakness Stakes has been run 137 times, dating back to 1873, only it’s tough to take the first couple dozen versions very seriously.
After Orb scored his decisive victory in the Kentucky Derby and was hailed as a bright new star of racing, many handicappers had a reason for skepticism. They had seen this scenario before.