Pimlico Race Course, the scene Saturday of the largest crowd in Preakness history, remained a hive of activity on Sunday, with hundreds of workers breaking down tents, cleaning up the infield and hauling away trash by the truckload.
Fuller, now a retired jockey, was among eight retired female jockeys to participate in the fifth and final running of the Lady for Legends for the Cure race on Friday. The race began in 2010 for breast cancer awareness and female empowerment in horse racing.
California Chrome was the best 3-year-old thoroughbred in America going into the Kentucky Derby. He was the best at Churchill Downs. And now he's the 2014 Preakness Stakes champion after distancing himself from Saturday's 10-horse field.
Twelve years after missing out on the Triple Crown in the final leg, Victor Espinoza is getting an improbable second chance. His horse, War Emblem, stumbled early in the 2002 Belmont Stakes and was never able to recover position. After winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, the horse finished eighth in the Belmont.
Good morning, Baltimore, and welcome to the 139th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. It was a sunny 62 degrees at Pimlico when the first race went to post Saturday, with the track in fast condition after Friday morning¿s rain soaked the track.
California Chrome may be a heavier Preakness favorite than Orb was a year ago. But turns of fortune are swift and unpredictable in thoroughbred racing, even for the champions who appear least vulnerable.
A second deluge in little more than two weeks is forecast to soak the region Friday, making for a miserable Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico Race Course – though officials are confident in a fast track for a sunny and cool Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
With Triple Crown season upon us, we are calling on Congress to pass the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act to protect the sport's athletes — both equine and human — and begin to restore integrity and confidence in an industry whose reputation has been badly sullied.
Each Saturday during racing season at Pimlico — including this week's Preakness — Monterrey gathers the riders for a brief service. He recites a Bible verse, then offers a prayer and God's blessing. A jockey from Venezuela who has won 740 races, Monterrey, 30, is also a youth pastor at Iglesia Cristiana Maranatha in Laurel.
If there's a heaven for horses, then California Chrome's great-great-grandsire will be peering down at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday to see whether his progeny can do what he did 50 years ago: win the Preakness and, with it, the first two legs of racing's Triple Crown.
As Marylanders, we take great pride in hosting the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown. Here in Howard County, we commemorate the event with the annual Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival, scheduled this year for Thursday, May 15, through Saturday, May 17, at Turf Valley Resort.
If you go Preakness 2014 this weekend, odds are you'll recognize the voice calling the race. That's because the voice belongs to Dave Rodman, who has called the Preakness — and every other horse race at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course, except when he was sick or on vacation — every year since 1991. "I've never really put a number to it," said Rodman, when asked to estimate how many races he's called. "I'm not trying to break any world records or anything."
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.
A quarter of a century after buying his first horse, the now 43-year-old Ron Sanchez will achieve another longtime goal when Social Inclusion goes to the starting gate in the 139th Preakness Stakes Saturday.
Take vodka, rum, whiskey, bourbon, peach schnapps, orange juice, pineapple juice, sour mix, orange-flavored liqueur, elderflower-flavored liqueur, shake, pour into a souvenir glass and garnish with an orange slice, cherry and mint sprig. Preakness Stakes 2014
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.
Dale Austin, a retired Baltimore Sun reporter whose coverage of Maryland horse racing spanned a half-century and took him on assignments as far away as England, died in his sleep Friday at his Bayside Beach home. He was 81.
There was only one big winner at the Kentucky Derby, but the outcome of the race -- which included California Chrome and top contenders Danza and Wicked Strong among the top four finishers -- looks like a big win for Baltimore.