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  • Finally, Hamilton Smith has his chance at the Kentucky Derby

    Finally, Hamilton Smith has his chance at the Kentucky Derby
    On a cool Saturday morning, Hamilton A. Smith — the programs call him that, but most every acquaintance calls him Ham or Hammy — is doing his best to do as he always has. He moves around his barn at Laurel Park, working his staff. His rapid-...
  • Billy Turner, Seattle Slew's trainer, thinks I'll Have Another will 'run a really big race' at Belmont

    Billy Turner, Seattle Slew's trainer, thinks I'll Have Another will 'run a really big race' at Belmont
    Billy Turner will be in the stands at Belmont Park on Saturday, a shock of silver hair — and a slew of memories — tucked beneath his familiar Irish-peaked cap. At 72, he is the only living trainer of a Triple Crown champion. For now. I'll...
  • Five things to watch heading into Saturday's Belmont Stakes

    Five things to watch heading into Saturday's Belmont Stakes
    When I'll Have Another narrowly dodged being clipped by a rider-less horse who had gotten loose on the Belmont Park track last week, he avoided the sort of complication nobody had been talking about. Who could worry about something like that when there...
  • Graham Motion says Velazquez right choice for Union Rags; Animal Kingdom improving

    Graham Motion says Velazquez right choice for Union Rags; Animal Kingdom improving
    Really, the frustration began at last year’s Belmont. That’s when Animal Kingdom, Graham Motion’s finest horse to date, was cut off and, while veering away, clipped heels and almost tossed his jockey. It took a thunderous run at the end...
  • The next generation of horse racing stars is arriving now

    The next generation of horse racing stars is arriving now
    Horse racing's center stage, the place where the industry's best jockeys and trainers reside, is getting crowded. Ramon Dominguez, John Velazquez and current No. 1 jockey Javier Castellano may not be ready to exit stage left. Trainers Todd Pletcher,...
  • Is this the year a Maryland-trained horse wins the Preakness again?

    Is this the year a Maryland-trained horse wins the Preakness again?
    Deputed Testamony is 32-years-old. His dark brown coat is shaggy, and his biggest excitement is going into his paddock at Bonita Farm for three or four hours of grazing each day. He is a pensioner, an icon. The oldest living winner of a Triple Crown...
  • Jockey optimistic about chances with Bodemeister

    Jockey optimistic about chances with Bodemeister
    Jockey Mike Smith arrived full of confidence at Pimlico on Friday. And why not? He will ride Morning Line favorite Bodemeister out of the No. 7 gate in the Preakness. "As we all know, so many things can happen in a race, but if given the opportunity,...
  • In Lingerie captures Black-Eyed Susan

    In Lingerie captures Black-Eyed Susan
    Bob Baffert seemed pessimistic about Mamma Kimbo's chances of winning the 88th Black-Eyed Susan Friday, mainly because the previously unbeaten filly had never raced more than 1 1/16 miles before coming to Pimlico Race Course. The bettors who helped make...
  • Michael Matz's Teeth of the Dog could surprise in Preakness after Union Rags' disappointing Derby

    Michael Matz's Teeth of the Dog could surprise in Preakness after Union Rags' disappointing Derby
    At the desk where he works through entries after all of his morning training sessions are through, Michael Matz keeps a photo leaning against the wall. In a walnut frame, it is slightly – and surprisingly – faded. The text below a horse in...
  • As Preakness nears, trainer Doug O'Neill still difficult to figure out

    As Preakness nears, trainer Doug O'Neill still difficult to figure out
    Mike Amodei has a son now. James is slightly autistic. At age 15, he’s a few years older than Doug O’Neill was when Amodei met him 30 years ago. O’Neill was a “cocky little shooter” on the sixth-grade basketball team...
  • Union Rags looks to avoid Belmont traffic, spring upset

    Union Rags looks to avoid Belmont traffic, spring upset
    Before trainer Michael Matz can find out if Union Rags will get the clean trip he failed to get at the Kentucky Derby, the promising colt must hope for some luck with traffic. Union Rags, like all of the horses set to run in the 144th Belmont on...
  • A few pre-race Preakness thoughts, and the current odds

    A few pre-race Preakness thoughts, and the current odds
    A few final thoughts as we approach the 6:18 post time for the 137th running of the Preakness: It comes down to this: Either Bodemeister can run the same race he did two weeks ago, or he can’t. If he can, he likely won’t be beat. Kentucky...