| May 15, 2014
| 12:49 PM
In his recurring dream, Jose Villegas still gets up in the predawn darkness at his Carroll County farmhouse, loads his riding helmet and boots into the trunk of his Toyota Corolla and drives 75 minutes to Laurel Park.
His favorite part of the dream...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 2:58 PM
Ramon Dominguez, who won 1,010 races in Maryland, has retired from horse racing after suffering a head injury at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York on Jan. 18. The 36-year-old jockey announced his retirement through the New York Racing Association on Thursday...
| May 13, 2013
| 5:43 PM
Jerry Bailey can look back on a Hall of Fame jockey career that featured 5,892 victories but also the searing memory of 17 fractures, including a broken back, jaw and collarbone, and several busted ribs.
Yet Bailey considers himself lucky. He never...
| May 18, 2012
| 1:36 PM
Maryland-based jockey Mario Pino says he once heard that the great race rider Laffit Pincay would wear his underwear inside out. For luck.
Ramon Dominguez, Eclipse Award-winning jockey the last two years, likes to have Perrier water and animal crackers...
| May 19, 2012
| 1:12 PM
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...
| May 21, 2011
| 5:54 PM
Graham Motion's day got off to a good start when he saddled a winner in the first race. Technique, who went off at 7-1 and was ridden by Edgar Prado, won by at least two lengths.
Technique paid $14 to win.
| May 18, 2012
| 2:01 PM
Kent Desormeaux, who was taken off his mounts Friday at Belmont after failing a Breathalyzer test, will not ride Sagamore Farm’s Tiger Walk in the Preakness.
Sagamore manager Tom Mullikin said Ramon Dominguez will get the ride.
"We just can't have...
| May 15, 2012
| 2:51 PM
In another time, Maryland was a hotbed for horse racing, its history rich and its purses comparable to other states. It was a place where jockeys could make a career and not have to contemplate leaving for New York or California.
Since the late 1980s,...
| May 19, 2012
| 6:55 PM
As jockey Joe Bravo slid off Teeth of the Dog to talk to trainer Michael Matz after Saturday's Preakness, he was smiling. It might have seemed an odd expression for a jockey whose horse had just finished fifth.
But Teeth of the Dog was the highest-...
| May 24, 2012
| 5:20 PM
Graham Motion can't help but hear snippets of news coming from Elmont, N.Y., where I'll Have Another is preparing for a shot at the first Triple Crown in 34 years.
"It's great for the sport," the Fair Hill-based trainer said. "But for us, it's tough,...
| Feb 20, 2012
| 4:54 PM
Watching Monday's General George Handicap from New York, trainer Rick Dutrow had one word to sum up the results: "Beautiful."
"I loved it," Dutrow said by cell phone after his two runners — favorite Yawanna Twist and fourth choice This Ones for...
| Mar 18, 2012
| 8:01 AM
Reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace treated Fair Grounds guests to a shamrock-flavored shower of power Saturday, giving those on hand and racing fans all over the world aSt. Patrick's Day to remember with a facile 4 1/2-length victory as she made...