Jeannine Edwards, who still calls Maryland home, is covering the Reakness for ESPN and ABC this week. Her reports will start appearing Friday on the sports cable channel and continue through the weekend.
Mike and Josh Pons are running a horse farm that has been turning out Thoroughbreds for the last seven decades, and they are going to keep at it despite some roadblocks. Their cause has been helped by a special high class stallion named Malibu Moon in which they hold a 25 percent interest.
Kent Desormeaux will return to his racing roots in Maryland when he rides Saturday in the 137th Preakness Stakes, while two other Hall of Famers, Edgar Prado and Ramon Dominguez, will be back at Pimlico, the track that served as their proving ground.
As preparations begin on Old Hilltop for the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes, the star of the field already has a confirmed arrival date. Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another will show up Monday.
I'll Have Another chases down Bodemeister to win the 2012 Kentucky Derby. Mario Gutierrez became the 42nd jockey to win in his first try at the Derby, guiding the long-striding Doug O'Neill-trained colt past 4-1 morning line favorite Bodemeister in the final furlong.
Bodemeister, the 4-1 morning line favorite, seemed to run effortlessly around most of track at Churchill Downs on Saturday, opening a lead of four lengths coming out of the final turn. But Bodemeister -- whose name comes from a nickname for trainer Bob Baffert's son Bode -- got tired. Baffert, who suffered a heart attack in Dubai in late March, appeared calm afterward.
Hansen does not need to try to be noticed. The nearly all-white colt always stands out among his peers. Yet on Thursday morning, the Breeders' Cup juvenile champion did all he could to draw the attention of a robust crowd on his first day this week at Churchill Downs before the 2012 Kentucky Derby.
Animal Kingdom surprised even Grahm Motion with his late speed and competitiveness, and Went the Day Well — along with about 12 other horses — could blossom the same way Saturday at the 2012 Kentucky Derby.