Kentucky Derby notebook: Trainer Mark Casse has retained his faith in War of Will through a poor final prep performance and a tough draw for Saturday's race. Meanwhile, jockey Mike Smith looks for a ride after Omaha Beach's scratch.
In the brief moment of silence after Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist drew the No. 13 post for Saturday's race, trainer Doug O'Neill looked over to owner Paul Reddam. "We were No. 13 and we won the Breeders' Cup," Reddam said, grinning.
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.