| May 16, 2013
| 6:15 PM
Secretariat was a star but not yet a legend when his van rolled up to Pimlico Race Course in the second week of May 1973.
The big red horse had taken off like a rocket ship to run down the field at the Kentucky Derby, winning in less than two minutes, a...
| May 4, 2013
| 10:10 AM
First things first: Grantland has a terrific look-back at Hunter S. Thompson's "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved." I always start the Derby primer with a link to this story -- and by always, I mean I also did it last year -- and this adds...
| May 18, 2013
| 12:17 PM
Among the concerns for jockeys at the Preakness today is the weather.
Shortly before rain began to fall minutes ago, jockeys were watching the skies. Some know all too well that their horses don’t respond to sloppy tracks, and they were holding...
| May 11, 2013
| 2:12 PM
As Orb charged to the wire at Churchill Downs last weekend, he established his clear superiority to the other 18 thoroughbreds on horse racing's biggest stage, the Kentucky Derby.
But compared to Derby champions of the past, Orb's time is less...
| May 11, 2013
| 1:34 PM
An eighth Preakness starter has been named, and he will bring jockey Rosie Napravnik back to the state where her career began to ride for the first time in its premier race.
Mylute, fifth at the Kentucky Derby, will run in the 138th Preakness on...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 4:26 PM
Pimlico officials still are consulting with federal and local law enforcement agencies on revised security measures for the Preakness.
Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas said he initiated a series of meetings with those groups April 16, the...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 7:53 PM
On the third Saturday in May, generations of Baltimoreans marched onto the infield at Pimlico Race Course with their coolers in tow, an image that helped define the Preakness Stakes.
The Maryland Jockey Club has unveiled enhanced security...
| May 1, 2013
| 5:03 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Derby favorite Orb comes from one of the country’s oldest racing families, with ties to the greatest horses of the era.
The second choice, Verrazano, is a product of Todd Pletcher’s new-school empire; he’s...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 2:43 PM
Last year's chase for the Triple Crown ended when trainer Doug O'Neill stepped to a microphone stand in a patch of fenced-in grass next to a barn near the Belmont Park track.
Brushing back tears, he announced that a tendon injury would prevent I'll Have...
| May 1, 2013
| 2:06 PM
On Wednesday at Churchill Downs, a crowd clad mainly in Louisville basketball shirts gathered at Barn 45 to watch Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino as he visited a horse of which he owns five percent.
Pitino, a month removed from becoming the...
| May 15, 2013
| 1:06 PM
One of the colts entered in Saturday’s 138th running of the Preakness Stakes can lay claim to a distinction not shared by seven others: He’s actually finished ahead of the expected favorite Orb in a race.
Titletown Five, one of three...
| May 3, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Late Thursday morning, trainer Kelly Breen spoke about his stable's lack of notoriety.
"We call it flying under the radar," he said. "You guys might call it lack of respect. We're a small stable. We have some good horses. We've been to the Derby every...