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  • Orb is horse to beat and has made the rest of Preakness field an afterthought

    Orb is horse to beat and has made the rest of Preakness field an afterthought
    Shug McGaughey, the trainer for Kentucky Derby winner Orb, attributes his calm demeanor since that race to maturity. Had he made it to the Preakness with a Triple Crown chance at a younger age, the 64-year-old insists, the scene would have been...
  • Black Onyx scratches from Kentucky Derby because of ankle injury

    Black Onyx scratches from Kentucky Derby because of ankle injury
    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...
  • Oxbow takes the Preakness, dashing hopes of a Triple Crown

    Oxbow takes the Preakness, dashing hopes of a Triple Crown
    Gary Stevens caught the water bottle tossed his way, took one swig and threw it back. “He don't want any?” a man asked, considering jockeys usually shower their horses, too. Stevens shook his head from his perch atop Oxbow, the wire-to-...
  • Officials considering changes to Preakness security

    Officials considering changes to Preakness security
    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...
  • Maryland Jockey Club announces modified security policies for 138th Preakness

    Maryland Jockey Club announces modified security policies for 138th Preakness
    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. No longer. The Maryland Jockey Club has unveiled enhanced security...
  • Orb is 7-2 morning-line favorite in 139th Kentucky Derby

    Orb is 7-2 morning-line favorite in 139th Kentucky Derby
    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...
  • Kentucky Derby full of intrigue with Pletcher's pack, O'Neill's return

    Kentucky Derby full of intrigue with Pletcher's pack, O'Neill's return
    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...
  • Louisville coach Rick Pitino watches his Kentucky Derby horse train

    Louisville coach Rick Pitino watches his Kentucky Derby horse train
    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...
  • Rain at Pimlico isn't a welcome sight for Preakness jockeys

    Rain at Pimlico isn't a welcome sight for Preakness jockeys
    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...
  • Preakness starters Orb, Titletown Five have a history

    Preakness starters Orb, Titletown Five have a history
    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...
  • Triple Crown thoroughbreds aren't running as fast

    Triple Crown thoroughbreds aren't running as fast
    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...
  • Frank Stronach still mulling over changes at Pimlico as Preakness looms

    Frank Stronach still mulling over changes at Pimlico as Preakness looms
    Frank Stronach, owner of Pimlico, is in Washington, D.C., this week. He discussed his new book, "Magna Man: My Road to Economic Freedom," at a session today. Yesterday, he spent time on Capitol Hill, working to spread his theory that American...