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  • 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...
  • As Orb's comeback falls short in Saturday's Travers, a brother is set for stud duty in Bel Air

    As Orb's comeback falls short in Saturday's Travers, a brother is set for stud duty in Bel Air
    One of the half-brothers of Kentucky Derby winner Orb, who finished a close up third in Saturday's Travers Stakes at Saratoga, has moved to Maryland in preparation for entering stallion duty at Country Life Farm in Bel Air. Freedom Child, runaway...
  • A Harford horse racing upset that stands for the ages

    A Harford horse racing upset that stands for the ages
    The world of sport is one of upsets, results that defy logic: N.C. State beating Houston for the NCAA basketball title in 1983 or Villanova over Georgetown two years later, Larry Owings over Dan Gable in college wrestling in 1970, the 1980 Miracle on Ice,...
  • Monitoring of Preakness horses increases, but potential hole remains

    Monitoring of Preakness horses increases, but potential hole remains
    Security at Pimlico's historic Preakness barn will be heightened this year, a move that comes amid renewed concern about doping and horse safety in the sport. All visitors, including veterinarians, who want to spend time with horses scheduled to run in...
  • Bel Air-based horse breeders have reason for Derby fever

    Bel Air-based horse breeders have reason for Derby fever
    Just about 11 months ago, shortly after the 2012 Kentucky Derby had concluded, Mike Pons, who along with his brother Josh owns and runs Bel Air's Country Life Farm, explained that in the business of thoroughbred breeding, having the offspring of one of...
  • Could the Breeders' Cup ever come to Baltimore?

    Could the Breeders' Cup ever come to Baltimore?
    The Breeders' Cup, created as a roving championship of thoroughbred racing, shunned Louisville's Churchill Downs this week and announced it would return to Santa Anita Park in 2014 for a third consecutive year. Santa Anita, of course, is owned by the...
  • John Velazquez finishes 2nd with Itsmyluckyday, wins two other races at Pimlico

    John Velazquez finishes 2nd with Itsmyluckyday, wins two other races at Pimlico
    John Velazquez's run of misfortune began when he broke a rib and his right wrist during a tumble at Aqueduct Racetrack in April. When the 41-year-old jockey returned for the Kentucky Derby, it was not aboard the victorious Orb — the horse he had...
  • Lots of differing opinions on what to do with Pimlico

    Lots of differing opinions on what to do with Pimlico
    Tear it down. Fix it up. Keep it here. Move it there. Many at Pimlico Race Course Saturday, from celebrated trainers to $2 bettors, offered thoughts of what to do with Old Hilltop, the methuselan home of the 138th Preakness Stakes. The Maryland Jockey...
  • 8 horses committed to Preakness 2013 field with Normandy Invasion dropping out

    8 horses committed to Preakness 2013 field with Normandy Invasion dropping out
    Orb's path to the finish line in the second leg of the Triple Crown remains uncrowded. Normandy Invasion, the fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, dropped from contention for Saturday's 138th running of the Preakness on Sunday. Trainer Chad...
  • April: Teacher of the Year, The Aegis honored

    April: Teacher of the Year, The Aegis honored
    The title of Teacher of the Year for Harford County was given to Christina O'Neill, Bel Air Middle School language arts teacher. O'Neill was chosen from the more than 3,200 teachers in the county. Election Day for the Harford County presidential primary...
  • Orb again impresses with breeze, expected to arrive at Pimlico this afternoon

    Orb again impresses with breeze, expected to arrive at Pimlico this afternoon
    Orb’s reputation began growing at Churchill Downs the Monday before the Kentucky Derby, when the colt breezed four furlongs in 47.80. The run looked effortless and made Orb the talk of Louisville – and the morning-line favorite. Though there...