An energetic Alwaysmining returned to the work on a foggy and cool Friday morning at the Fair Hill Training Center with a half-mile breeze in preparation for the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1). Trainer Kelly Rubley called the workout “perfect.”
Runnymede Racing’s multiple stakes winner Alwaysmining resumed training this week and continues to progress toward his graded-stakes debut in the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) on May 18 at Pimlico Race Course.
Adam Aghion of Pikesville caught this impressive fallfish March 20 on the Maryland side of the upper Potomac River, using a drop shot rig with a No. 12 hook. Aghion said he made the trip to that location specifically to catch walleye.
Debate over the future of Pimlico Race Course and the Preakness has become increasingly nasty in recent weeks. But even as the Stronach Group takes criticism from Baltimore officials, local horsemen say the track operator has been an effective steward for Maryland racing.
Ten years later, Barbaro's injury remains the most haunting image in Preakness history — that titan of a horse tentatively jabbing his right hind leg at the dirt, realizing the shattered limb would not bear his weight.
Firing Line seemed to enjoy the peace and quiet surrounding Barn 42 on the Churchill Downs backstretch Monday morning as assistant trainer Carlos Santamaria walked the Preakness hopeful under the shedrow for about 30 minutes.
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.