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116th PREAKNESS 116th Preakness

THE BALTIMORE SUN

1. CORPORATE REPORT

Horse -- Corporate Report, a son of Private Account, was a $350,000 yearling purchase. The colt did not start as a 2-year-old but soon asserted himself as a stakes-class colt, finishing third in the Rebel Stakes and second in the Arkansas Derby earlier this year.

Owner -- Overbrook Farm of William T. Young. Young, 73, has made a fortune in the storage, trucking and food businesses.

Trainer -- D. Wayne Lukas. Well on his way to a ninth straight title as North America's top money-earning trainer, Lukas, 55, has trained two Preakness winners -- Codex (1980) and Tank's Prospect (1985).

Jockey -- Pat Day. Elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame last month, Day, 37, is arguably the best rider to ever compete in the Midwest, where he is idolized. A winner of two previous Preaknesses (Tank's Prospect, 1985, and Summer Squall, 1990).

Year ... Starts ... 1st ... 2nd ... 3rd ... Earnings

1990: None

1991 ... 5 ... 2 ... 2 ... 0 ... $153,000

Total ... 5 ... 2 ... 2 ... 0 ... $153,000

2. MANE MINISTER

Horse -- Mane Minister was the big surprise of the Kentucky Derby, finishing third with a steady surge at 87-1 odds. The Kentucky-bred son of Deputy Minister has made eight of his nine starts in California. He was purchased for $93,000 at a yearling sale in Kentucky.

Owners -- John A. Toffan & Trudy McCaffrey. Toffan, of West Vancouver, Canada, and McCaffrey, of Calgary, have owned horses together for about two years. Toffan has been a stock broker in Vancouver, concentrating on mining.

Trainer -- Juan "Paco" Gonzalez. A native of Mexico, Gonzalez, 46, worked for the late Joe Manzi for many years on the Southern California circuit.

Jockey -- Alex Solis. The rider on winner Snow Chief in the 1986 Preakness, Solis has entrenched himself among the top riders on the Southern California circuit, where the nation's best jockeys ride.

Year ... Starts ... 1st ... 2nd ... 3rd ... Earnings

1990 ... 4 ... 1 ... 0 ... 2 ... $24,725

1991 ... 5 ... 2 ... 0 ... 1 ... $199,975

Total ... 9 ... 3 ... 0 ... 3 ... $224,700

3. STRIKE THE GOLD

Horse -- Strike the Gold rallied to a memorable victory in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, three weeks after a win in the Blue Grass Stakes. The son of Alydar was the ninth Derby winner bred by Calumet Farm.

Owners -- B. Giles Brophy; Joseph M. Cornacchia; and William J. Condren, all natives of New York. Brophy made his mark in the Holstein cattle business and securities. Cornacchia is the inventor of the game Pictionary. Condren is a private investor in real estate, aircraft and oil and gas.

Trainer -- Nick Zito. A colorful New York native and resident, Zito has been brought to the forefront of racing through his success with Strike the Gold.

Jockey -- Chris Antley. Regarded as one of the most talented jockeys in America, Antley, 25, won at least one race on 64 consecutive racing days in 1990.

Year ... Starts ... 1st ... 2nd ... 3rd ... Earnings

1990 ... 3 ... 1 ... 0 ... 0 ... $17,400

1991 ... 5 ... 2 ... 2 ... 1 ... $1,017,210

Total ... 8 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... $1,034,610

4. HANSEL

Horse -- Hansel, a son of the Mr. Prospector sire Woodman, was bred in Virginia. He was sold for $150,000 as a yearling. The colt romped to impressive victories in the Jim Beam and Lexington Stakes.

Owner -- Lazy Lane Farm of Joe L. Allbritton. Allbritton, 66, of Houston, is the former owner of the now-defunct Washington Star newspaper.

Trainer -- Frank Brothers. A 44-year-old native of New Orleans, Brothers came up through the ranks under Hall of Famer Jack Van Berg before establishing himself as the top trainer in Louisiana over the past decade. Brothers' only prior Preakness starter was Dansil, fourth in 1989.

Jockey -- Jerry Bailey. Born in Dallas and now a Long Island resident, Bailey, 33, has made it into the top flight of his profession. In 1990, he had his best year, his mounts earning over $9.3 million.

Year ... Starts ... 1st ... 2nd ... 3rd ... Earnings

1990 ... 5 ... 3 ... 1 ... 1 ... $370,906

1991 ... 5 ... 2 ... 0 ... 1 ... $440,430

Total ... 10 ... 5 ... 1 ... 2 ... $811,336

5. BEST PAL

Horse -- Best Pal, a home-bred gelding from a California powerhouse, was the West's top 2-year-old last year. He will attempt to become the first gelding to win the Preakness since 1914.

Owner -- Golden Eagle Farm of Mr. & Mrs. John C. Mabee. The Mabees are owners of Del Mar Race Course, a large San Diego-area supermarket chain, an insurance company and Golden Eagle, an owner-breeder operation that has become the most formidable on the classy Southern California racing circuit.

Trainer -- Ian Jory. Jory embarked upon a career with horses in his native England before he moved to the U.S. nine years ago.

Jockey -- Gary Stevens. Recognized as one of the top jockeys in the world, Stevens was born in Idaho before eventually asserting himself as one of the top riders on the southern California circuit.

Year ... Starts ... 1st ... 2nd ... 3rd ... Earnings

1990 .. 8 ... 6 ... 1 ... 0 ... $1,026,195

1991 ... 3 ... 0 ... 2 ... 1 ... $267,500

Total ... 11 ... 6 ... 3 ... 1 ... $1,293,695

6. HONOR GRADES

Horse -- Honor Grades, a son of Danzig out of the mare Weekend Surprise, is a half-brother to 1990 Preakness winner Summer Squall. The colt has never won a stakes event.

Owner -- Summa Stable of Bruce P. McNall, et. al. The star-studded Summa Stable is probably the most glamorous ownership group in racing, counting hockey great Wayne Gretzky and basketball star Magic Johnson among its part-owners.

Trainer -- Rodney Rash. You couldn't come up with a better race for a Maryland native to send out just the second starter of his training career. Rash, 31, grew up in Woodbine in Carroll County.

Jockey -- Chris McCarron. One of the all-time favorite jockeys not only in Maryland but in this country, McCarron will be riding Honor Grades for the first time.

Year ... Starts ... 1st ... 2nd ... 3rd ... Earnings

1990 ... 5 ... 2 ... 0 ... 2 ... $58,753

1991 ... 2 ... 1 ... 1 ... 0 ... $25,575

Total ... 7 ... 3 ... 1 ... 2 ... $84,328

7. OLYMPIO

Horse -- Olympio figures to challenge Strike the Gold for favoritism in today's Preakness. The son of Naskra, a home-bred, has won his last three starts, including a 2 1/2 -length victory in the Arkansas Derby in his last start.

Owner -- Verne H. Winchell. A native of Bloomington, Ill., Winchell struck it rich after going west some 50 years ago and establishing a doughnut chain. In 1969, he merged the chain with Denny's Restaurants and at one time was president and CEO of Denny's.

Trainer -- Ron McAnally, 58, is another member of the Hall of Fame. The California resident maintains a large stable there and has trained such champions as John Henry and Bayakoa.

Jockey -- Eddie Delahoussaye. From the Bayou country of Louisiana, Delahoussaye, 39, has been a star throughout his career. Delahoussaye, winner of two Kentucky Derbys, won the 1988 Preakness and Belmont Stakes aboard Risen Star.

Year ... Starts ... 1st ... 2nd ... 3rd ... Earnings

1990 ... 4 ... 2 ... 0 ... 0 ... $147,600

1991 ... 4 ... 3 ... 1 ... 0 ... $431,075

Total ... 8 ... 5 ... 1 ... 0 ... $578,675

8. WHADJATHINK

Horse -- Whadjathink is a son of Seattle Song (who was sired by 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew), is one of three home-breds in today's race and is yet one more runner with California roots.

Owner -- Richard L. Duchossois. The chairman of the new and beautiful Arlington International Racecourse near Chicago, Duchossois received racing's highest honor with the Eclipse Award of Merit in 1989.

Trainer -- Michael Whittingham. For all he has done as a trainer, Michael Whittingham's feats are overshadowed by those of his father, Charlie Whittingham, often named as the best trainer in racing history.

Jockey -- Jorge Velasquez. Another Hall of Fame member, Velasquez, 44, won the 1981 Preakness with Pleasant Colony. A native of Panama, Velasquez is the fourth all-time leading rider with over 6,300 victories.

Year ... Starts ... 1st ... 2nd ... 3rd ... Earnings

1990: None

1991 ... 5 ... 3 ... 0 ... 0 ... $110,825

Total ... 5 ... 3 ... 0 ... 0 ... $110,825

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