With much of the focus leading up to Saturday's Preakness on the "big three" horses — American Pharoah, Firing Line and Dortmund — trainers of the other contenders are quick to acknowledge their quality without laying the Black-Eyed Susan wreath on one of them before the race even begins. American Pharoah and Dortmund drew the two inside post positions for the eight-horse field Saturday. That means they'll have to start quickly not to get caught on the inside rail by the first turn.
As California Chrome began his recovery from a foot injury that might have contributed to his flat performance in the Belmont Stakes, his co-owner, Steve Coburn, stood by harsh comments about owners and trainers who run fresh horses in the third leg of the Triple Crown.
Maybe we shouldn't be surprised that California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn, who hails from Nevada, would choose to double down on the incendiary comments he made after his horse failed to win the third jewel of the Triple Crown on Saturday.
As Triple Crown contender California Chrome went about his daily routine Saturday in preparation for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, a sizable field was shaping up to challenge the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.
California Chrome's trainer, Art Sherman, raised the rather startling possibility that his horse might not run in the Belmont Stakes because of New York rules barring a nasal adhesive strip the colt has used throughout his six-race winning streak.
California Chrome was the best 3-year-old thoroughbred in America going into the Kentucky Derby. He was the best at Churchill Downs. And now he's the 2014 Preakness Stakes champion after distancing himself from Saturday's 10-horse field.
A second deluge in little more than two weeks is forecast to soak the region Friday, making for a miserable Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico Race Course – though officials are confident in a fast track for a sunny and cool Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
Dynamic Impact's connections weren't sure what they had entering the April 19 Illinois Derby. The colt had flashed plenty of talent, but his performance in the afternoon never seemed to match his workouts in the morning.