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Maximum Security remains atop NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll; Preakness winner War of Will is second

War of Will’s statement-making victory in the 144thPreakness Stakes was heeded as the Mark Casse-trained colt earned 18 first-place votes and 411 points to move up to second overall in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. Click to enlarge War of Will came into the middle leg of the Triple Crown after avoiding disaster in the Kentucky Derby Presented...

Preakness a testament to Kentucky’s horse industry as top five finishers based as Churchill, Keeneland

The Preakness Stakes is staged at Maryland’s Pimlico Race Course, but Saturday’s results proved a Kentucky landslide. Keyed by War of Will’s 1 1/4-length victory over Everfast, the top five finishers are all based at Churchill Downs or Keeneland. At left: War of Will, in pink silks on rail, keyed an all-Kentucky top five, with Everfast, black and gold silks with yellow cap, Owendale, outside...

No Derby winner among the 13 entrants in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes; Improbable the 5-2 favorite

By Liane Crossley Special to KyForward Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore has attracted a field of 13, but there will be no chance of a Triple Crown this season. Kentucky Derby winner Country House is bypassing the race after reportedly showing mild symptoms of illness after the Derby. The morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 is Improbable, whose fourth-place finish in...

Maximum Security to skip Preakness Stakes, but remains atop the NTRA three-year-old poll

Their respective outings at Churchill Downs on May 4 continue to resonate for Maximum Security and fellow Grade 1 winner Bricks and Mortar as each remains out front in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll and NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. Click to enlarge Maximum Security, who crossed the wire first in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve but...

Undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify retired from racing; connections disappointed, but thankful

KyForward staff Undefeated Kentucky Derby winner Justify has been retired from racing. The announcement came Wednesday. Justify crosses the finish line at Churchill Downs to win the Kentucky Derby and begin his successful pursuit of horse racing’s Triple Crown. The undefeated colt was retired from racing Wednesday (Photo by Mark Hansel). “Justify had some filling in his ankle, and he is just...

Justify unanimous choice in final 2018 NTRA top 3-year-old, thoroughbred for all ages polls

The unbeaten chestnut colt Justify, whose 16-week epic journey from unraced maiden to Triple Crown winner has expanded the conventional thinking as to a Thoroughbred racehorse’s capabilities, was a unanimous choice atop the year’s final NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll. Justify (Photo courtesy Benoit Photography) Trained by Bob Baffert for owners China Horse Club, WinStar Farm, Starlight Racing, and Head...

Justify seeks second jewel as top two Kentucky Derby finishers meet again in Saturday’s Preakness

By Liane Crossley Special to Kentucky Forward Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore has all the usual intrigue. Kentucky Derby winner Justify is seeking to take another jewel of the Triple Crown, runner-up Good Magic is seeking redemption and regionally connected Diamond King represents the home crowd. Other storylines include an 82-year-old trainer going for his seventh...

Top two Derby finishers set to clash once again in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes in Baltimore

By Liane Crossley KyForward contributor Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming will see some familiar faces in the $1.5-million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course near Baltimore on Saturday. Four Derby starters, including longshot runner-up Lookin At Lee are back for another attempt in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. Classic Empire (fourth in the Derby), Gunnevera (seventh) and Hence (eleventh)...

Preakness Notes: Smooth sailing for Always Dreaming in workout; Classic Empire also impressive

Trainer Todd Pletcher was delighted to report that everything went according to plan when his Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming galloped 1 1/2 miles at Pimlico Race Course earlier this week. Always Dreaming was on the track at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday with exercise rider Nick Bush for his daily exercise leading up to the 142nd running Saturday of the Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the...

The Preakness: Here are 11 fun facts you might not know about the Triple Crown’s second jewel

The 142nd Preakness Stakes is just around the corner: Always Dreaming will take the next step toward racing immortality on May 20 at Pimlico Race Course. Get ready for the second jewel of the Triple Crown with 11 fun facts below. The Preakness is usually won by horses that ran in the Kentucky Derby. Just three winners in the last 27 years did not first run in the Derby. The favorite wins the Preakness...

Always Dreaming bounces back strong after Derby; field for Preakness beginning to take shape

Two days after winning his second career Kentucky Derby, trainer Todd Pletcher said he is impressed with how Always Dreaming came out of his 2 3/4-length victory over Lookin At Lee in Saturday’s Run for the Roses. “So far I’ve been amazed at how well he came out of the race,” said Pletcher at Churchill Downs Monday before taking a scheduled flight to New York later in the day. “His energy...

‘Full of energy,’ Exaggerator will head to Belmont to hook up with Nyquist one more time

Trainer Keith Desormeaux reported that Exaggerator was “full of energy” in the aftermath of his rousing 3 ½-length upset over previously undefeated Nyquist in Saturday’s 141st Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. After losing all four of his previous meetings with Nyquist, including a second-place finish behind the Kentucky Derby winner at Churchill Downs two weeks earlier, Exaggerator...

No Triple Crown: Exaggerator finally gets the best of Nyquist in soggy Preakness Stakes

A record crowd of 135,256 watched at historic Pimlico Race Course as Kentucky Derby runner-up Exaggerator handed Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby winner Nyquist his first defeat in nine career starts Saturday in the Preakness Stakes. The win means there won’t be a second successive Triple Crown winner after American Pharoah took the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes last year....

Billy Reed: With Nyquist bringing short money, odds are it will be hard to make a buck on Preakness

My esteemed fellow handicappers, I need some help with deciding how to bet Saturday’s 141st Preakness, the second jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown that will be run at ancient Pimlico race course in Baltimore. The unbeaten Nyquist, impressive winner of the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago at Louisville’s Churchill Downs, is a deserving favorite. But the morning line has him at 3-to-5, and...

Keith Taylor: Nyquist braces for next step in racing career, moves on to Pimlico after Derby victory

LOUISVILLE — Nyquist is preparing for the next step in his racing career. The Kentucky Derby winner departed Churchill Downs for Pimlico in Baltimore on Monday to prepare for the Preakness Stakes set for May 21. Nyquist defeated Exaggerator and Gun Runner to capture the Kentucky Derby in front of the second largest crowd in history Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Kentucky Derby winner...

Triple Crown bid alive as American Pharoah overcomes sloppy track to capture Preakness

Despite a downpour at the beginning of the race, American Pharoah captured the second jewel of the Triple Crown by going wire to wire to capture the Preakness Stakes (Photo from Preakness.com)   Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah romped over the sloppy track at Pimlico Race Course to register a seven-length victory in Saturday’s 140th Preakness Stakes, earning an opportunity to make a bid for...

American Pharoah again the horse to beat as top Derby challengers return for Preakness

The top three finishers in the Kentucky Derby, including runnerup Firing Line, are back for the Preakness Stakes, which drew an eight-horse field (Preakness Stakes Photo)   Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah is set to take the second step along the Triple Crown trail in Saturday’s 140th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Zayat Stable’s homebred headlines the Middle Jewel of the Triple...

Keeneland celebrating the 140th Preakness with live simulcast, wagering this weekend

Racing fans attending Keeneland’s Kentucky Derby Celebration placed wagers totaling more than $1.8 million Saturday (Keeneland Photo)   Keeneland will celebrate the 140th running of the Preakness (G1) at Pimlico on Saturday, May 16, by presenting a live simulcast of the race and offering crab cakes, barbecue and the official drink of the Preakness, the “Black-Eyed Susan.”   Kentucky...

Baffert expects both American Pharoah, Dortmund to be Preakness starters at Pimlico

Despite the possibility that he might block a Triple Crown run, trainer Bob Baffert says Dortmund deserves another shot at American Pharoah in the Preakness on May 16 (CHD Photo by Weasie Gaines)   Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said Thursday that he expects both Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah and third-place finisher Dortmund to be starters in the Preakness Stakes on May 16 at Pimlico...

California Chrome trainer Sherman thinks his colt will complete Triple Crown sweep

California Chrome will be the 13th horse to try for the Triple Crown since 1978 (Photo from Pimlico Communications)