Pimlico stakes schedule worth $3.7 million

Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore will hold 15 stakes races with total purses of $3.7 million during the track’s 12-day race meet beginning May 10, including the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes, the track announced on Friday.

Preakness 2017: How the race was run

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Classic Empire and Always Dreaming, breaking from adjoining stalls, get away cleanly and are hustled to the front, respectively, by Julien Leparoux and John Velazquez.

Hovdey: Red-boarders a lock to sweep Triple Crown

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Curlin (left) catches Street Sense in the shadow of the wire in the 2007 Preakness.

Welcome to the Red Board Café, where the customer is always right.

For instance, on Monday morning, everybody in the place knew that Always Dreaming was a dead crab on the board for the Preakness, hovering as he was above even-money and going off at 6-5. The post-Derby spin painted him like the second coming of Smarty Jones, which means he should have been more like 70 cents on the dollar. Orb was 70 cents on the dollar, for Pete’s sake.

Shaman Ghost delivers ‘Special' for Adena Springs

Shaman Ghost continued to establish himself as one of the better older horses in the country with his victory in the Grade 3 Pimlico Special last Friday, a score that built on family ties for his connections.

Distorted Humor has classic influence

Debra A. Roma
Cloud Computing gave paternal grandsire Distorted Humor another classic winner for his line's resume by winning the 142nd Preakness.

Stalwart sire Distorted Humor has been the gift that keeps on giving for his connections. He quietly played a role in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, as his son Maclean’s Music was represented by a first-crop classic winner in Cloud Computing.

Heart's Cry gets rare U.S. stakes winner

Barbara D. Livingston
Yoshida takes the James W. Murphy on the Preakness undercard, giving his sire, Heart's Cry, a rare U.S. stakes victory.

Japanese sire Heart’s Cry has accomplished much in both his racing and stallion careers, but there is one thing he’s done infrequently. He was represented by just the second U.S. stakes winner of his career on Saturday, when his promising son Yoshida captured the James Murphy Stakes on the Pimlico turf.

Sparkman: Maclean's Music joins exclusive club with Cloud Computing's Preakness win

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Cloud Computing is a son of Maclean's Music, who won his only start with a 114 Beyer Speed Figure.

In the Darwinian world of Thoroughbred racing, stakes victories are the test of genetic fitness that largely determine whether male racehorses are allowed the chance to pass on their genes. The exceptions like Danzig or Malibu Moon are memorable precisely because of their extreme rarity.

2017 Preakness Replay

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Tres Abbott to assist in training of Conquest Mo Money

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Conquest Mo Money has been trained by Miguel Hernandez throughout his career.

BALTIMORE - Owner Tom McKenna is sending Conquest Mo Money, who finished seventh in Saturday's Preakness, to the Fair Hill barn of trainer Tres Abbott for the summer.

Conquest Mo Money, who had previously finished second in both the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby and Grade 3 Sunland Derby, has been trained throughout his career by Miguel Hernandez, McKenna's private trainer.

Hernandez was based at Sunland Park during the winter and has about 25 horses for McKenna at Prairie Meadows, outside Des Moines, Iowa.

Belmont may lack Preakness and Derby winners

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Cloud Computing departed Pimlico on Sunday for a van ride to Belmont.

BALTIMORE – Cloud Computing, winner of Saturday's Preakness Stakes, emerged from the race in good condition, but his status for the Belmont Stakes is undecided, trainer Chad Brown said Sunday.

That mirrors the status of Always Dreaming, the Kentucky Derby winner who was eighth in the Preakness, setting up the very real possibility neither will be in the Belmont, the final leg of the Triple Crown, on June 10 at Belmont Park.

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