Thursday, May 14, 2015

May 15-17 - Preakness

Let's Go To The Races!  May 15-17

Time Ordered Races / Entries - printable file

The day after...

American Pharoah a little 'tired" but in good health day after
USA Today: American Pharoah romps in Preakness; Triple Crown try next
Bleacher Report, Videos, Interviews: Final results, standings, payouts, video highlights
How the race unfolded, sequence
Mike Watchmaker, DRF, effusive in praise for American Pharoah's performance
Jay Privman, DRF - Preakness wrap
Washington Post - Dave Sheinin
Beyer - Washington Post
Preakness, call by call photos
Rinaldi breaks down American Pharoah's win
American Pharoah Romps in the Rain in the Preakness: GI Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) reigns in the rain in the GI Preakness S.
Brisnet: Preakness recap

Date Time Event Network
Fri., May 153 p.m.Black Eyed Susan StakesNBCSN
Sat., May 162:30 p.m.Preakness SaturdayNBCSN
Sat., May 164:30 p.m.Preakness StakesNBC
Sat., May 166:30 p.m.Preakness Post-Race ShowNBCSN

1 American Pharoah Bob Baffert Victor Espinoza 4-5
2 Dortmund Bob Baffert Martin Garcia 7-2
3 Mr. Z D. Wayne Lukas Corey Nakatani 20-1
4 Danzig Moon Mark Casse Julien Leparoux 15-1
5 Tale of Verve Dallas Stewart Joel Rosario 30-1
6 Bodhisattva Jose Corrales Trevor McCarthy 20-1
7 Divining Rod Arnaud Delacour Javier Castellano 12-1
8 Firing Line Simon Callaghan Gary Stevens 4-1

Preakness post positions: Do they matter? 
Short answer: Yes and no! Day to day racing at Pimlico in two turn races have had the winner on the rail 24% of the time., by far better than any of the other positions. The numbers that show a bias toward the rail being a negative are skewed by the fact that in the Preakness since 1987, most of the long shots have been on the rail, making any conclusion likely to be a statistical aberration. Read more


California horses thrive on big scene
If the surroundings were taken away and the focus was solely on the horses, the stretch run of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) might as well have occured at Santa Anita Parkwhere speed reigns supreme.

American Pharoah, Firing Line, and Dortmund were all going at it on the font end, and almost every other horse trailing looked as if they were treading through wet cement. Read more

Baffert's training brings Classic success
"In eight of the past 14 years, horses have won successive races in the Triple Crown, but no trainer in recent times has done it as often as Baffert.

"The key, he said, lies in his training methods.

"While more and more, modern trainers are relying on handicapping tools such as Len Ragozin's The Sheets and Thoro-Graph to determine where to run their horses, Baffert said they are not part of his arsenal. Where some trainers see lighter training regimens leading to a fresh and ready horse on race day, Baffert said fitness is paramount to the success of his horses, and they either stand up to the rigors of his program or they do not."  Read more

Weekend Racing Preview - Robert Kieckhefer

More on sale of Mr. Z at the 11th hour - Both horses wear earplugs
"Coach really put hard work into the horse and he said, 'I have a client who is interested in buying him, are you interested in selling?' I'm a businessman; this is a business for us. Obviously, I still love Mr. Z. I'll go kiss him if he won. He's named after my dad.
"They put a good offer in front of us, an offer we couldn't refuse. I don't want to keep Coach from running in the race. It's not fair to him. He worked so hard with this horse every single day. So we made the sale. Both parties are happy."

Also, Baffert runs both American Pharoah and Dortmund with earplugs:
Crowds are part of the Triple Crown series, but it turns out American Pharoah and Dortmund have sensitive ears. They wear ear plugs, and Baffert says they'll be wearing them for the Preakness.
American Pharoah wears them every time he goes to the track, whether for a race or a training session and he wears them throughout every race. Dortmund, a big horse Baffert said would "walk over the top of you" if he got too excited, wears them until he's in the starting gate and then his jockey pulls a string to remove them.

"Having a lot of people, a crowd around makes Pharoah nervous," Baffert admitted. "After his first race, in which he was terrible, we determined he was sensitive to sound. He's a very gentle horse, but his ears are so sensitive. We started putting cotton in them."

When Baffert felt the visible cotton looked less than sophisticated, he decided to get a pair of earplugs for both his Preakness contenders. Baffert referenced Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year who raced with cotton in her ears, and other trainers who use hoods with blinkers to accomplish the same purpose.

Since they don't make earplugs for Thoroughbreds, Baffert bought plugs made for show horses.
"They cost about $6 a pair," he said.  Read more at Brisnet

 Preakness News

Lights, Camera...Lukas?
Matt Bernier / Dan Illman preview the Preakness - Video
DRF - Preakness Preview - Field Analysis Mike W & Jay Privman
Countdown to the Crown - Preakness edition
D. Wayne Lukas deals into Preakness
Preakness Notebook: Baltimore Sun
Mr. Z to race in Preakness for Calumet
Danzig Moon confirmed for Preakness
AP: Lookin' at trainer Bob Baffert's five Preakness wins
Baffert: 'To me, the Preakness is the easiest of the three legs'
Preakness Stakes shaping up as a Derby rematch
Preakness notes: Final breeze for Divining Rod
Firing Line provides Santamaria ride of a career

Preakness: D. Wayne Lukas knows it all, from A to Mr. Z 
Lukas: "People have opinions, but horses have facts."
Thoroughbred racing knows him as the trainer who trains the trainers — so many of them he has to think about it before the names come spilling out with the force of Old Faithful in mid-gush:
"Todd Pletcher, Mike Maker, Mark Henning, Dallas Stewart, Randy Bradshaw, Kiaran McLaughlin, Bobby Burnett, Mark Wells and Gerland Butler, both in Europe, Peter Hutton. Randy Bradshaw, George Weaver, and Mike Marlow out in California.'' To all of them, he was the sensei and they were the grasshoppers.  Read more


Once a race has been run, you can watch the replay at the CARD below, which takes you to the BloodHorse results page.


Time Ordered Races / Entries - printable file

1:56 ET  Hilltop S  Pim   $100,000  3yo f  1 1/16 mi T  R5 CARD
3:23 ET  Miss Preakness S G3  Pim  R8 CARD
3:52 ET  Jim McKay Turf Sprint (L)  Pim   $100,000  3+  5f T  R9 CARD
4:21 ET  DuPont Distaff S G3 Pim   $150,000  3+ f/m  1 1/8 mi   R10 CARD
4:50 ET  Black-Eyed Susan S G2  Pim   $250,000  3yo f  1 1/8 mi   R11 CARD
5:19 ET  Skipat S (L)  Pim   $100,000  3+ f/m  6f   R12 CARD
6:21 ET  Pimlico Special G3  Pim   $300,000  3+  9.5f   R14 CARD

Irish Jasper surges to win Miss Preakness
Class drop gets Stopchargingmaria back on top
Stopchargingmaria outclasses rivals in DuPont Distaff
Keen Pauline usets Black Eyed Susan, wire to wire
Ben's Cat wins fourth Jim McKay Turf Sprint
Commissioner takes Pimlico Special
Commissioner 'bosses' Pimlico Special rivals
Black-Eyed Susan Recap - Brisnet
Miss Preakness Recap - Brisnet
Ben's Cat courageous in Jim McKay Sprint

12:02 ET  James Murphy S (L)  Pim   $100,000  3yo  1 mi T  R4 CARD
12:39 ET  Maryland Sprint H G3  Pim   $150,000  3+  6f   R5 CARD
1:51 ET  Sir Barton S  Pim   $100,000  3yo R  1 1/16 mi   R7 CARD
2:59 ET  Vagrancy H G3  Bel   $150,000  4+ f/m  6.5f    R6 CARD
3:19 ET  Gallorette H G3  Pim   $150,000  3+ f/m  1 1/16 mi T  R9 CARD
4:04 ET  Chick Lang S (L)  Pim   $100,000  3yo  6f   R10 CARD
4:44 ET  The Very One S  Pim   $100,000  3+ f/m  5f T  R11 CARD
5:25 ET   Dixie S G2  Pim   $300,000  3+  1 1/16 mi T  R12 CARD
5:38 ET  Wait a While S  Bel   $100,000  3yo f  7f T  R10 CARD
6:18 ET  Preakness S G1  Pim   $1,500,000  3yo  1 3/8 mi    R13 CARD

Results - Recaps
Dixie Recap - Brisnet
Gallorette Recap - Brisnet
Maryland Sprint Recap - Brisnet

International - Berkshire, England
10:45 a.m. ET  Lockinge S, G1, Newbury, 4+, 1miT, R5  CARD  Race Replay

Dubawi's Night of Thunder Leads a Hannon 1-2 in the Lockinge: Night of Thunder (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) gives Godolphin a sixth renewal of Newbury's G1 Lockinge S.
Night of Thunder rumbles to Lockinge victory

Across the Pond - Lockinge Preview - click here
Last year's 2000 Guineas winner NIGHT OF THUNDER posted some solid efforts in defeat in top company later in the campaign and can provide his yard with a fourth winner in the last 6 runnings of this race. Stablemate Toormore was just behind the selection in the QEll and has a good record fresh, while Integral was twice a Group 1 winner last term and should be in for another fine season.
Timeform 1-2-3
2: TOORMORE (13)
3: INTEGRAL (18)
2014: (8 ran) Olympic Glory (3), Age 4, Wgt 9 - 0, SP 11/8  - L Dettori / R Hannon
Forecast: 9/4 Night Of Thunder, 4/1 Integral, 7/1 Toormore, 10/1 Custom Cut, 14/1 Moohaarib, 16/1 Aljamaaheer, Tullius, Cougar Mountain, Here Comes When, 20/1 Trade Storm, Yuften, Captain Cat, 25/1 Top Notch Tonto, Arod, Breton Rock, Hors De Combat, 33/1 Cable Bay, 66/1 Master Carpenter

4:45 ET  Vigil S G3  WO   $150,000  4+  7f AW    R8 CARD

International - Japan
? a.m. ET  Victoria Mile G1  Tokyo $1,636,000USD  4+ f/m  1 mi T   R11 CARD
Preview - click here

Horse by horse handicapping analysis
Lukas has himself a long shot in Preakness
Bodhisattva - 4-18-15 - Pimlico - Federico Tesio S - 1 1/16 mi - Replay
Divining Rod - 4-11-15 - Keeneland - Coolmore Lexington - 1 1/16 mi - Replay
Well-bred Divining Rod new challenger
Bodhisattva works 5/8ths at Laurel

American Pharoah joins world's best racehorses list
Handicapping Insights by Dick Powell of Brisnet
Brisnet's Dick Powell has some interesting comments on both the Kentucky Derby and also the TV coverage of the Derby...what was good, what was bad. Also, he takes to task the Jockey Club and some of the owners/trainers who promised to reveal Vet records prior to a big race and have failed to follow up on their promise. He cites the story about Dortmund having a bout with colic before the big race, which was not reported until after the race.
Snow Sky tames Panther in Yorkshire Cup
Nayef's Snow Sky Toughs Out Yorkshire Cup Win
Living like a king: the pampered life of a racehorse
Belmont Insider - 5-14-15 - Richard Migliore and Jason Blewitt - talk Preakness and other current racing news
Bal a Bali eyes Shoemaker Mile, Arlington Million



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