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.
With morning-line favorite Omaha Beach out of the Kentucky Derby, rival trainers forecast a wide-open scramble among top contenders. Meanwhile, the scratched favorite's trainer, Richard Mandella, licked his wounds from an epic disappointment.
After Nyquist drew the No. 13 post in the Kentucky Derby, owner Paul Reddam looked at trainer Doug O'Neill and said he thought the number might be lucky. O'Neill put an equally upbeat spin on the No. 3 after the undefeated Derby champion drew that post for Saturday's Preakness.
As the director of horsemen's relations for the Maryland Jockey Club, Phoebe Hayes, 55, is a crucial figure behind the scenes of Preakness weekend. Whether her office is coordinating rides for owners, overseeing admittance to the winner's circle after the Preakness Stakes or arranging a White House tour, Hayes juggles it all, ensuring smooth visits for the VIPs.
Despite fans in the grandstands being cleared as the skies rumbled with thunder and flashes of lightning danced in the near distance, the second leg of racing's Triple Crown continued on a 1 3/16-mile track that resembled a giant slip-and-slide rather than the stage for a dominant seven-length victory.