Country House, the 65-1 longshot who was handed a Kentucky Derby victory by disqualification, will not run in the May 18 Preakness Stakes because of a developing illness, the first time in 23 years that the Derby winner will not compete for the second jewel in the Triple Crown.
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.
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.
Mark Beecher, a Fallston-based amateur jockey, took the inside trip with Upland Partners’ Mystic Strike in Saturday’s $50,000 My Lady’s Manor, surged to the lead at the final fence, and held off a hard-charging Witor to win Saturday’s 109th running of the Maryland timber classic.
Each year, Maryland hosts three of the biggest races in the country. The first is Saturday, with the 109th running of My Lady's Manor, followed by the 117th running of the Grand National (April 20) and the 123rd running of the Hunt Cup (April 27).
Renovating Pimlico and keeping the Preakness in Baltimore is not only about keeping our history of almost 150 years intact, it's also about improving quality of life for Park Heights residents, creating jobs, offering an opportunity to those without opportune circumstances,
Boosters of Baltimore — from Mayor Catherine Pugh to longtime residents of Park Heights — urged a different, brighter future for Pimlico Race Course before the House Ways and Means Committee in Annapolis.
Baltimore leaders plan to bus residents to Annapolis for a “big rally to keep the Preakness in Baltimore.” It comes as General Assembly lawmakers consider bills central to the future of horse racing in Maryland — and pivotal to the location of the Preakness Stakes, part of the Triple Crown.
State and local lawmakers have said for years they do not want to see the Preakness leave Baltimore. Yet no one raised any alarms as Pimlico's owner was focusing most of its finances of turning Laurel Park into a "super track" that would host the third leg of the Triple Crown.