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.
On Monday, July 8, a group of 15 seniors from Conowingo, Rising Sun and Port Deposit traveled to Baltimore to visit the Ronald McDonald House on Lexington Street. The group, formed in 2006, meets every Monday morning ¿ rain or shine ¿ at the Rising Sun McDonald's to play bingo.
Before they ever officially became racehorses, they were just two of eight horses in a field on the Kentucky farm where they were born. Shortly after being weaned from their mothers, they were given their own paddock to roam at bucolic Claiborne Farm outside of Lexington, Ky.
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.
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 a St. Patrick's Day to remember with a facile 4 1/2-length victory as she made her 2012 debut in the third running of the $150,000 New Orleans Ladies.