The Schmuck Stops Here

The Schmuck Stops Here Peter Schmuck's musings on the local and national sports scene
Schmuck: Justify lives up to the billing and brightens an otherwise dismal Preakness Day

On a day when everything else seemed to go wrong, Justify made it all right and is headed to the Belmont Stakes for his date with destiny.

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Forge edges Pop Keenan in exciting Race 3 finish on Preakness Day

Morning-line favorite Forge held off Pop Keenan to win the third race on Saturday’s Preakness Stakes card.

Forge paid $6.20 to win, $3.00 to place and $2.80 to show. Pop Keenan was the second favorite and paid $3.20 to place and $2.80 to show.

Irad Ortiz Jr. had the mount on Forge in the $55,000 optional allowance/claiming race.

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Local trainer's Conjecture leaves no room for doubt against short field in second race on Preakness Day

The original 12-horse field for the second race on Saturday was whittled to just four runners after the race was moved from the turf track to the dirt track, but may not have affected the outcome.

Conjecture, trained by Noah Abramson of Howard County, breezed to victory on the sloppy track in a $52,000 allowance race. It was the filly’s fourth victory in nine starts since Abramson began training her.

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The surf met the turf: Every Preakness Day race on grass except Gallorette Stakes moved to dirt track

The steady rain that has pounded Pimlico for the past few days forced track officials to move four of the five scheduled turf races to the dirt track on Saturday, heavily inflating the number of pre-race scratches.

The decision was made out of concern for the safety of the horses, who lose traction when the turf gets too saturated.

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Schmuck: Bob Baffert is still charmed by Charm City and wants Preakness to stay in Baltimore

Bob Baffert brought a Triple Crown winner to town in 2015 and might have another in Preakness favorite Justify.

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Schmuck: The Orioles aren't really this bad, but it might not matter anymore

It is one of the time-worn truisms of baseball that over the course of the long major league season, every team will win 50 games and every team will lose 50 games. What separates the great teams from the mediocre and just-plain-awful teams is what happens in the other 62.

The way things are going at the moment, the Orioles cannot even assume they’ll get to 50.

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