Jockey Rosie Napravnik reportedly will be sidelined four to six weeks after injuring her shoulder when the 4-year-old filly Socialbug was fatally injured during a workout Sunday morning at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
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.
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.
Todd Pletcher arrived at his Pimlico paddock this morning to find his filly, Stopchargingmaria, full of energy. Coming off disappointing performances in her two races this year, Pletcher didn't know what his amped-up horse would deliver.
With Triple Crown season upon us, we are calling on Congress to pass the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act to protect the sport's athletes — both equine and human — and begin to restore integrity and confidence in an industry whose reputation has been badly sullied.
If you go Preakness 2014 this weekend, odds are you'll recognize the voice calling the race. That's because the voice belongs to Dave Rodman, who has called the Preakness — and every other horse race at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course, except when he was sick or on vacation — every year since 1991. "I've never really put a number to it," said Rodman, when asked to estimate how many races he's called. "I'm not trying to break any world records or anything."
Coley Blind, of Monkton, has needed all the good luck he can get. In a racing office abuzz with activity, he is responsible for putting together the stakes races on Maryland's biggest race day of the year, including the biggest race of all — this Saturday's 140th Preakness Stakes, the second leg of racing's Triple Crown.
If the horse racing world needed a little more evidence heading into Preakness week that the erstwhile "Sport of Kings" has turned a corner in Maryland, consider this scene on a misty Friday morning at the idyllic Fair Hill Training Center outside Elkton.
A year ago, his horse, Golden Soul, finished second in the Kentucky Derby as a 34-1 underdog. On Saturday, the Kentucky-based trainer pulled off another second-place finish, this time with 38-1 underdog Commanding Curve.
Wicked Strong represents Boston, both through his name and through owner Donald Little Jr.'s promise to give 5 percent of the colt's Triple Crown winnings to victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
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.
With nearly every eye at Pimlico fixated on either the uncatchable leader, Oxbow, or the Kentucky Derby winner and heavy betting favorite, Orb, Itsmyluckyday cruised under the radar to earn a little bit of redemption in Saturday's Preakness.
No Triple Crown winner this year, no first-female-jockey-to-win, no sunshine? No problem, said those who flocked to Pimlico Race Course and waited out a mid-afternoon downpour to see Oxbow leave behind Kentucky Derby winner Orb to win the 138th Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
Nearly a quarter century ago, Gary Stevens was an up-and-coming jockey in Southern California, hoping to make his mark on the sport, put a lot of money in the bank and move on to something else as quickly as possible.