No Triple Crown fever in Multiplier camp – yet

STICKNEY, Ill. – Multiplier’s first try against other winners produced a graded-stakes victory when the colt gamely captured the Grade 3, $250,000 Illinois Derby on Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course. Multiplier rejoined trainer Brendan Walsh’s string at Keeneland on Sunday, and Walsh was pleased with the horse he saw return to Kentucky from Chicago.

Multiplier edges Hedge Fund in Illinois Derby

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Multiplier (outside), under James Graham, defeats favored Hedge Fund by a head in the Illinois Derby.

STICKNEY, Illinois – Multiplier had never even run in a race when the calendar flipped to 2017, but the 3-year-old colt has come around quickly the last three months, and on Saturday evening at Hawthorne Race Course he won his stakes debut, capturing the Grade 3, $250,000 Illinois Derby by a head over favored Hedge Fund.

Iliad a candidate for Preakness

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Iliad a candidate for Preakness

ARCADIA, Calif. – Iliad, fifth as the 3-1 favorite in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby last Saturday, will be considered for the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 20.

Trainers again competing for bonus cash Preakness weekend

The Maryland Jockey Club will again offer a $100,000 trainers' bonus competition on Preakness weekend, May 19-20.

Trainers who start at least five horses in stakes at Pimlico on Preakness weekend will earn points on a 10-7-5-3 scale if their horses finish first through fourth. Horses who finish fifth or lower will earn one point.

The six trainers with the most points will split up $100,000, with $50,000 going to first, $25,000 to second, $12,000 to third, $7,000, to fourth, $4,000 to fifth, and $2,000 to sixth.

Matt Bryan says Exaggerator's saga began at Lone Star Park

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Exaggerator's saga began at Lone Star Park

Matt Bryan on Wednesday was still reveling in Exaggerator’s win in the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown, last Saturday at Pimlico. The resident of Texas co-owns the horse with Ronny Ortowski, Sol Kumin, and trainer Keith Desormeaux.

Hovdey: Plenty of company for Gutierrez's gaffe

The Preakness is always run in a fishbowl when the Kentucky Derby winner is front and center – especially when the Derby winner is an undefeated champion with one leg up on the Triple Crown.

So it was last Saturday when Nyquist and jockey Mario Gutierrez could not sustain the pressured momentum of a hot first quarter and half and ended up beaten conclusively by their former wingman, Exaggerator, and Pimlico homeboy Kent Desormeaux.

Let the flogging begin.

Lone Curlin sells for $225k at F-T Midlantic

Two days after his son Exaggerator won the Preakness Stakes, sire Curlin reaped immediate benefits at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic juvenile sale. His lone offering, a colt, sold to George A. Mellon for $225,000 out of the consignment of bloodstock agent Bobby Dodd.

Exaggerator is the fourth classic winner or classic-placed runner from as many crops by Curlin, joining 2013 Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice, 2014 Preakness runner-up Ride On Curlin, and 2015 Belmont third-place finisher Keen Ice.

Study may determine fate of Pimlico, Preakness

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Study may determine fate of Pimlico, Preakness
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Ben's Cat just gets up to win the Jim McKay Turf Sprint.

On Preakness Day at Pimlico, Sal Sinatra, president of the Maryland Jockey Club, acknowledged at a press conference that, “The talk of moving the Preakness to Laurel has quieted down.”

On Preakness Day 2015, Sinatra said moving the middle leg of the Triple Crown was a possibility.

Sinatra said last Saturday that he and Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Pimlico and Laurel Park, may have jumped the gun.

2016 Preakness Replay

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Sparkman: Vindication for Exaggerator and Curlin

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Exaggerator gives sire Curlin his second classic winner in the Preakness Stakes.

The 3-year-old colt crop of 2007 was widely regarded at the time as one of the best and most competitive in decades, and the three top colts – Curlin, Hard Spun, and Street Sense – all went to stud in 2008 or 2009 with considerable fanfare.

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