Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Let's Go To The Races - May 21, 2016
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Preakness Week Events TV Schedule
All Times Eastern

Wednesday, May 18             Preakness Draw    5 p.m.                           DRF.com
Friday, May 20                     Black-Eyed Susan Day     3-5 p.m.            NBCSN
Saturday, May 21                 Undercard Races               2:30-5 p.m.       NBCSN
                                              Preakness pre-race            5-6:30 p.m.       NBCSN
                                              Preakness Stakes               6:30-7:15 p.m.  NBC

Alternate ways to watch:  http://www.xbtv.com/  Jeff Siegel, Aaron Vercrussye, Millie Ball, and more

Plenty of top class racing action taking place this weekend. Below are links to help all levels of ability to participate in wagering or just being able to enjoy watching all of the races. Be sure to pull up the Time ordered races - Printable file and print it out. It will give you a summary of each of the races, along with a listing by time order of most of the races with the entries listed.

Also, be sure to scroll down to the HORSES section for information about each Preakness horse, their past performances including video replays, a description of running style, and more.

Have fun and Let's Go To The Races!!


After races have been run, click on CARD for a replay

Time ordered races - Printable file
Entries Index
12:32 ET  Skipat S, Pim, $100,000, 3+, f&m, 6f R3  CARD
2:39 ET  PIMLICO SPECIAL S G3, Pim, $300,000, 3+, 1 3/16m R7  CARD
3:13 ET  Jim McKay Turf Sprint, Pim, $100,000, 3+, 5fT R8  CARD
3:44 ET  ALLAIRE DUPONT DISTAFF S G3, Pim, $150,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/8m R9  CARD
4:16 ET  Hilltop S, Pim, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16mT R10  CARD
4:50 ET  BLACK-EYED SUSAN S G2, Pim, $250,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/8m R11  CARD
5:54 ET  MISS PREAKNESS S G3, Pim, $150,000, 3yo, f, 6f R13  CARD

All race replays can be seen by clicking on the CARD above
Ben's Cat wins the Jim McKay Turf Sprint a 5th time
BloodHorse on Ben's Cat remarkable win in the Turf Sprint
Ahh Chocolate gets the trip in duPont; Ben's Cat does it again in thriller
Noble Bird shows he's best on the lead in the Pimlico Special
BloodHorse: Noble Bird returns to form in Pimlico Special
Go Maggie Go soars in Black-Eyed Susan


All your handicapping and Preakness news in one place - TwinSpires

12:51 ET  MARYLAND SPRINT S G3, Pim, $150,000, 3+, 6f R5  CARD
1:21 ET  James W Murphy S, Pim, $100,000, 3yo, 1mT R6  CARD
2:40 ET  The Very One S, Pim, $100,000, 3+, f&m, 5fT R8  CARD
3:16 ET  LOUISVILLE H G3, CD, $100,000, 3+, 1 1/2mT R6  CARD
3:21 ET  Chick Lang S, Pim, $100,000, 3yo, 6f R9  CARD
4:00 ET  KONA GOLD S G2, SA, $200,000, 3+, 6 1/2f R9  CARD
4:02 ET  GALLORETTE S G3, Pim, $150,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/16mT R10  CARD
4:32 ET  Queenston S r, WOO, $150,000, 3yo, 7f R8  CARD
4:40 ET   Sir Barton S r, Pim, $100,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m R11  CARD
4:44 ET  HANSHIN CUP S G3, Arl, $100,000, 3+, 1m R7  CARD
5:39 ET  DIXIE S G2, Pim, $250,000, 3+, 1 1/16mT R12  CARD
6:07 ET  Soaring Softly S, Bel, $100,000, 3yo, f, 7fT R10  CARD
6:45 ET  PREAKNESS S G1, Pim, $1,500,000, 3yo, 1 3/16m R13  CARD
Free PPs from Equibase for Preakness
7:06 ET  VAGRANCY H G3, Bel, $150,000, 4+, f&m, 6 1/2f R11  CARD

Watchmaker: Nyquist lost, but he ran courageously

Exaggerator wins Preakness; ends hopes of a Triple Crown for Nyquist
Preakness Stakes Trainer and Jockey quotes
Record attendance, handle at Preakness 141
Earlier on the Preakness Day card at Pimlico, Always Sunshine brightened up the Maryland Sprint H. (G3) winner's circle, Takeover Target captured the Dixie (G2) and Mizz Money took home the top prize in the Gallorette (G3). Lady Shipman highlighted the four undercard stakes as winner of The Very One S.
Exaggerator turns tables, wins Preakness
DRF Jay Privman: It took 5 tries, but Exaggerator finally beats Nyquist
Justin Squared wins Chick Lang stakes to stay perfect
Complete order of finish for the 141st Preakness:
1) Exaggerator
2) Cherry Wine
3) NyQuist
4) Stradivari
5) Lani
6) Laoban
7) Uncle Lino
8) Fellowship
9) Awesome Speed
10) Collected
11) Abiding Star

4:51 ET  Fury S. r, WOO, $150,000, 3yo, f, 7f R8  CARD
9:00 ET  CALIFORNIAN S. G2, SA, $200,000, 3&up, 1 1/8m R9  CARD
Across the Pond - British view of each of the Preakness entries
TCI Insider - Video handicapping by Joel Cunningham & Jon Siegel
ExpressBet Triple Crown throwdown - The Preakness
Ed DeRosa shares his betting strategy for the Preakness
Bleacher Report: Predictions for each horse in Preakness lineup
DRF: Preakness 2016: Inside the numbers
DRF Video handicapping tips with Dan Illman, Matt Bernier, Mike Beer
DRF Stakes previews, analysis and more for weekend
Betting odds, post positions, streaming tv info for Preakness
James Scully: Preakness expected to unfold differently from Derby for Nyquist
Dan Illman: A Peek at the Preakness
Handicapping bonus with speed figure originator, Andy Beyer, and Steve Crist, publisher of DRF - Webinar
Steven Crist: New factors likely change little in Preakness
That Handicapping Show video - BloodHorse - Tom LaMarra, Claire Novak
Mike Watchmaker and Jay Privman handicap Preakness entries
HRN's Preakness Preview edition - May 17
Watchmaker: Hard to look past Nyquist in Preakness
DRF Preakness analysis and plays
TCI Derby Review and Preakness Preview
Derby Review and Preakness Preview - Video
Exaggerator - HRN Interview with Julie Clarke
DRF Preakness Stakes, including video handicapping info
Steve Haskin: Questions abound for Preakness...or do they?
Jeremy Plonk's Countdown to the Crown

News and Info for Friday's Black-Eyed Susan Day
Land Over Sea, Go Maggie Go re-matched in Black-Eyed Susan Friday
Matt Bernier, Dan Illman handicap Friday's Black Eyed Susan - Video
Vance Hanson gives his take on Black Eyed Susan field

A day in the life of Preakness favorite, Nyquist
Thursday's trackside report from Pimlico - Steve Sherack
Local hero tops Pimlico Special on Friday
Folk hero and blue collar worker, Page McKenney inherits role of favorite in Pimlico Special
UPI Weekend Preview: Maryland and Around the World
Nyquist on cruise control for Preakness
Weather not a factor, and other quotes from connections for Saturday's expected rain for Preakness
Nyquist showing all the right signs for Saturday's Preakness
Slew of reasons Nyquist can keep it going in Preakness - Jay Privman
Nyquist at Pimlico, Thurs May 19
Video - May 19 Doug O'Neill, Mario Gutierrez press conference
Lani breezes for Preakness
Wednesday's trackside report from Pimlico
Nyquist draws post 3 for Preakness
Wednesday's Trackside report from Pimlico

100% chance of rain in Baltimore for Saturday's Preakness Day
Off track no worry for O'Neill; Video interviews with O'Neill & Desormeaux
Gun Runner will not run in Preakness

James Scully ranks competition facing Nyquist
Opposing teams scouting each other - Nyquist & Exaggerator
History behind beating an odds-on performer in Preakness - Vance Hanson
Fresh Shooter, Familiar Face - TDN Steve Sharack on Stradivari
What we won't do with Exaggerator to try an beat Nyquist
“What sticks out in my mind about the Affirmed and Alydar rivalry was that Alydar was there every time, pushing Affirmed. You have the burning memory of watching that stretch duel in the Belmont Stakes. That was a race. That’s a true rivalry,” Desormeaux said. “Whereas with Exaggerator and Nyquist, we might have scared him a bit in the Derby, but we have never really put that true fear of getting beat into him yet. I don’t consider it a rivalry yet until we hook him eye-to-eye and test him to his core.”
On Saturday, perhaps that will finally change.
At some point, persistence figures to pay off.
Nyquist will be saddled indoors for Preakness
Steve Haskin on Stradivari in Preakness
 Nyquist jogs; Garcia reflects riding two Derby winners
2 Videos - Nyquist jogs and interview with O'Neill
Interview with Todd Pletcher on Stradivari
ABIDING STAR - He took 7 tries to break his maiden (there's still hope for ZICONIC & COZ!!!), and he has won everything since then, for a total of 11 starts.
Others by Uncle Mo scheduled for the Preakness:  Nyquist, Laoban, Uncle Lino

Page McKenney is a special story
Blue collar hero, Page McKenney, "has now finished in the money in 24 straight races dating back to April 25, 2014, and only two of those were third-place finishes. In an era in which many stakes horses don't even make 24 career starts, his consistency is remarkable."

Check news daily at:
TDN International edition
YouTube - Maryland Racing
YouTube - 2016 Preakness Stakes
News Across the Pond


Twelve already committed to the 2017 Pegasus World Cup
Tapit's Rising Son
A Taylor Made Home for California Chrome
Children of Secretariat: Extraordinary daughter who left major legacy
Five hot takes from the Kentucky Derby
Longines, The Jockey Club announce partnership


Last Race, Finish
Abiding Star*
Ned Allard
J.D. Acosta
Parx Derby, 1st
Awesome Speed
Alan Goldberg
Jevian Toledo
Federico Tesio, 1st
Cherry Wine
Dale Romans
Corey Lanerie
Blue Grass, 3rd
Bob Baffert
Javier Castellano
Lexington, 1st
Keith Desormeaux
Kent Desormeaux
Ky. Derby, 2nd
Mark Casse
Jose Lezcano
Pat Day Mile, 4th
Gun Runner
Steve Asmussen
Florent Geroux
Ky. Derby, 3rd
Mikio Matsunaga
Yutaka Take
Ky. Derby, 9th
Eric Guillot
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Blue Grass, 4th
Doug O'Neill
Mario Gutierrez
Ky. Derby, 1st
Todd Pletcher
John Velazquez
Kee. alw., 1st
Uncle Lino*
Gary Sherlock
Fernando Perez
Ca. Chrome, 1st
*Sire Uncle Mo

The below information is from America's Best Racing Preakness cheat sheet except for additional materials from Horse Racing Nation, and BloodHorse race replays

Abiding Star - Gate 9
Equi-Photo photo

Jockey: TBD
Trainer: Edward Allard
Owner: Stonehedge LLC
Career record: 11 starts - 5
wins - 1 second - 1 third (5 WINS IN 2015)
Career earnings: $202,385
Earnings per start: $18,399

Pedigree: Uncle Mo - Abiding, by Dynaformer
Color: Bay

Running style: Pacemaker/stalker

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Abiding Star took seven starts to break his maiden but has been unstoppable since then. One of four sons of Uncle Mo running in the Preakness, Abiding Star has won his last five starts by a combined 18 3/4 lengths including an 8 3/4 length victory against older horses in an April allowance. Abiding Star is a two-time stakes winner including the Park Derby in his last start on Kentucky Derby day and the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park in March. Abiding Star's extended family includes 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos and Dynaformer, who is the sire of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.

HRN Page with past performances and video replays of most races
Parx - 5-7-16 - Parx Derby - Replay
Parx - 4-12-16 - AOC - Replay
Laurel - 3-12-16 - Private Terms Stakes - Replay
Laurel - 1-1-16 - Maiden (4th try) - Replay

Laoban - Gate 8
Eclipse Sportswire
Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez
Trainer: Eric J. Guillot
Owner: McCormick Racing and Southern Equine Stable
Career record: 5 starts - 0 wins - 2 seconds - 1 third
Career earnings: $151,250
Earnings per start: $30,250
Pedigree: Uncle Mo - Chattertown, by Speightstown
Color: Dark Bay or Brown

Running style: Front-runner

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Laoban set the pace and then faded late in both the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes and the Grade 1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. Unfortunately, his fourth in the Blue Grass Stakes left him on the outside looking in for the Kentucky Derby, needing one scratch to draw into the field. When no one scratched out of the field, he was rerouted to the Preakness, a distance he should be able to handle better than the Kentucky Derby's 1 1/4 miles

HRN Page with past performances and video replays of most races

Nyquist - Gate 3
Eclipse Sportswire

Jockey: Mario Gutierrez
Trainer: Doug O'Neill
Owner: Reddam Racing
Career record: 8 starts - 8 wins - 0 seconds - 0 thirds
Career earnings: $4,954,200
Earnings per start: $619,275
Pedigree: Uncle Mo - Seeking Gabrielle, by Forestry
Color: Bay

Running style: Front-runner/stalker

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Perhaps no 3-year-old in recent memory rolled into the Triple Crown with as impressive a resume as Nyquist's. He's won all eight of his races, including a very fast Kentucky Derby. He was named champion 2-year-old male after a season capped by a win in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Nyquist enters the second leg of the Triple Crown after winning the fastest Kentucky Derby in 13 years. Nyquist and his sire, Uncle Mo, are the first father/son duo to win champion 2-year-old male honors since Seattle Slew and Vindication in 2002, and Nyquist is the first champion 2-year-old to stay undefeated through the Kentucky Derby since Seattle Slew. He shares the same connections as 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another. 

HRN Page with past performances and video replays of most races

Uncle Lino - Gate 2
Eclipse Sportswire
Jockey: Fernando Hernandez Perez
Trainer: Gary Sherlock
Owner: Tom Mansor, Purple Shamrock Racing and Gary Sherlock
Career record: 7 starts - 2 win - 2 seconds - 2 thirds
Career earnings: $316,160
Earnings per start: $45,166
Pedigree: Uncle Mo - Haysee, by Orientate
Color: Bay

Running style: Stalker/presser

Notable achievements and interesting facts: After steadily improving in his first four races, Uncle Lino took a step in the wrong direction when fourth, beaten by 10 lengths, in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes and third, beaten by 8 ½ lengths, in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. But when Uncle Lino dropped down to listed stakes company at the end of last month, he won the California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos. By 2015 leading freshman sire Uncle Mo, who will probably have three horses in this race, and out of a half-sister (same dam [mother], different sire [father]) to 2011 Preakness winner Shackleford, Uncle Lino is worth taking a look at.

HRN Page with past performances and video replays of most races

Awesome Speed - Gate 4
Eclipse Sportswire
Jockey: TBD
Trainer: Alan Goldberg
Owner: Colts Neck Stables
Career record: 6 starts - 4 wins - 0 seconds - 0 thirds
Career earnings: $223,660
Earnings per start: $37,277
Pedigree: Awesome Again - Speedy Escape, by Aptitude
Color: Dark bay or brown

Running style: Pacemaker/stalker

Notable achievements and interesting facts: After losing his debut, Awesome Speed won his next three starts, including two stakes races. Awesome Speed skipped the last round of Kentucky Derby prep races after finishing fourth in the Fountain of Youth Stakes in February. Awesome Speed will be coming into the Preakness off a six-week break after winning the Federico Tesio Stakes via the disqualification of Governor Malibu.

HRN Page with past performances and video replays of most races

Cherry Wine - Gate 1
Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photo

Jockey: Robby Albarado
Trainer: Dale Romans
Owner: William Pacella and Frank L. Jones Jr.
Career record: 8 starts - 2 wins - 1 seconds - 2 thirds
Career earnings: $218,878
Earnings per start: $27,360
Pedigree: Paddy O’Prado – C. S. Royce, by Unbridled's Song
Color: Gray or Roan

Running style: Closer

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Cherry Wine has really started to come into his own in the last five months or so. He won back-to-back races by a combined margin of 15 ¼ lengths before finishing fourth in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes and third in the Grade 1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. He was beaten just a head for second in the Blue Grass, which cost him a spot in the Kentucky Derby field. After sitting on the Kentucky Derby also-eligible list, Cherry Wine was rerouted to the Preakness where he looks guaranteed to get a spot in the field.

HRN Page with past performances and video replays of most races

Collected - Gate 7
Eclipse Sportswire

Jockey: TBD
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Speedway Stable
Career record: 6 starts - 4 wins - 1 seconds - 0 thirds
Career earnings: $433,700
Earnings per start: $72,283
Pedigree: City Zip - Helena Bay, by Johannesburg
Color: Chestnut

Running style: Pacesetter

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Collected finished second in a Grade 3 in his second start and won the Grade 3 Sham Stakes in his third start. A winner of the Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes, Collected is coming into the Preakness off an easy, confidence-boosting four-length victory in the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes. Collected is from the family of champions Blushing Groom and Agnes Digital.

HRN Page with past performances and video replays of most races

Exaggerator - Gate 5
Eclipse Sportswire

Jockey: Kent Desormeaux
Trainer: Keith Desormeaux
Owner: Big Chief Racing, Head of Plains Partners, Rocker O Ranch, et al.
Career record: 10 starts - 4 wins - 3 seconds - 1 third
Career earnings: $2,071,120
Earnings per start: $207,112
Pedigree: Curlin - Dawn Raid, by Vindication
Color: Dark Bay or Brown
Running style: Stalker

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Exaggerator has faced elite competition since early in his 2-year-old season, winning the Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes in his third start before a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity and a fourth-place finish in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He delivered a visually stunning victory in his final prep for the Kentucky Derby, when he closed from last to first in the Santa Anita Derby and powered clear to win by 6 ¼ lengths. He lived up to his billing as a consistent horse who always runs his race in the Kentucky Derby to make an impressive late run for second place. Exaggerator has finished behind Nyquist in four races, including their debuts last June.

HRN Page with past performances and video replays of most races

Fellowship - Gate 10
Eclipse Sportswire
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Trainer: Mark Casse
Owner: Jacks or Better Farm
Career record: 12 starts - 2 wins - 3 seconds - 3 thirds
Career earnings: $574,715
Earnings per start: $47,893
Pedigree: Awesome of Course – Go Girlfriend Go, by Demidoff
Color: Chestnut

Running style: Stalker/closer

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Fellowship debuted last May and has made at least one start in every month except for December and March since then. Fellowship has won at distances from 4 ½ furlongs to 1 1/16 miles, finishing first, second or third at five different distances. Fellowship was transferred to Mark Casse after the Florida Derby in April and finished fourth in the Pat Day Mile Stakes before taking aim on the second leg of the Triple Crown

HRN Page with past performances and video replays of most races

Lani - Gate 6
Eclipse Sportswire
Jockey: Yutaka Take
Trainer: Mikio Matsunaga
Owner: Yoko Maeda
Career record: 7 starts - 3 wins - 1 seconds - 0 thirds
Career earnings: $1,366,618
Earnings per start: $195,231
Pedigree: Tapit - Heavenly Romance, by Sunday Silence
Color: Gray or Roan

Running style: Press/pacesetter

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Lani is by two-time leading U.S. sire Tapit out of the elite Japanese racemare Heavenly Romance, by 1989 Kentucky Derby-Preakness winner Sunday Silence. Bred in Kentucky, Lani made the first five starts of his career in Japan, where he won twice before shipping to Dubai and winning the UAE Derby. Lani made a name for himself at Churchill Downs for his high-spirited temperament and finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby. He will be the first Japanese-based horse to run in the Preakness Stakes.

HRN Page with past performances and video replays of most races

Stradivari - Gate 11
Coady Photography
Jockey: John Velazquez
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: John Gunther, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, John Magnier
Career record: 3 starts - 2 wins - 0 seconds - 0 thirds
Career earnings: $64,200
Earnings per start: $21,400
Pedigree: Medaglia d'Oro - Bending Strings, by American Chance
Color: Dark bay or brown

Running style: Pacemaker/stalker

Notable achievements and interesting facts: Stradivari made his debut in early November, finishing fourth. But since then, he has been impressive in his two starts with a combined margin of victory of 25 ¾ lengths. Stradivari has won at 1 1/16 miles and 1 1/8 miles, with the colt getting better the farther he goes, but the Preakness will be his first start in a stakes race. Stradivari is by Medaglia d’Oro, who finished second in the 2002 Belmont Stakes and both the 2002 and 2003 Breeders’ Cup Classic, and he is out of multiple graded stakes winner Bending Strings.

Keeneland 4-17-16 - Allowance - Video Replay
Gulfstream 12-5-15 - Maiden SW - Video Replay
HRN Page with list of races and other info


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