Tag: Pimlico Race Course

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas (right on his exercise pony) takes aim at his record-tying seventh Preakness Stakes title with filly Secret Oath. The Kentucky Oaks winner would be the seventh filly to win the second jewel of the Triple Crown. (Image: Maryland Jockey Club)

Breaking Down the 2022 Preakness Stakes: More Filly Follies?

The 2022 Preakness Stakes comes to you with a paradox, a wagering quandary that pits one 21st century trend against one 2020s trend. The trend this century is the friend to chalk. Since 2000, 10 favorites found the Pimlico Race Course winner’s circle. Oxbow at 15.40/1 in 2013 is the […]

Creative Minister is becoming a horseplayer's favorite as a sneaky dark-horse for the 147th Preakness Stakes. He is 2-fo-3 going into his stakes debut. (Image: Maryland Jockey Club)

Creative Minister Provides an Expensive Preakness Wild Card

There wasn’t a lot of creativity involved in putting Creative Minister in the 147th Preakness Stakes. Not unless you consider cutting a check for $150,000 to supplement his entry to be a creative act. It cost 150 large to put Creative Minister into the Pimlico Race Course starting gate because […]

Ethereal Road was a late Kentucky Derby scratch who won't run the Preakness Stakes either. He is entered in the undercard Sir Barton with an eye toward the Belmont Stakes. (Image: Coady Photography)

Ethereal Road Remains Off the Triple Crown Path — For Now

The last time we heard the name Ethereal Road mentioned was on May 6, the day before the 148th Kentucky Derby. We heard it mentioned in passing when trainer D. Wayne Lukas scratched the colt five minutes before the entry deadline. This became the Scratch Heard ‘Round the World 30 […]

Epicenter arrives at Pimlico as the most complete contender for the 147th Preakness Stakes. (Image: Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

Epicenter Ready to Turn the Page at Preakness

If going 4-2-0 in his first seven races is merely a warm-up for Epicenter, as trainer Steve Asmussen alluded to on Tuesday, we are apparently in for some kind of blockbuster main event at Saturday’s 147th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. “I think it’s a very unique opportunity and […]

Un Ojo (back in yellow) disposed of Ethereal Road to win the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes in March.  Un Ojo will miss the Preakness Stakes with the same bone 
 bruise that kept him out of the Kentucky Derby. (Image: Coady Photography)

Pesky Bone Bruise Knocks Un Ojo Out of Preakness Stakes

The same foot bruise that kept Un Ojo out of the Kentucky Derby will keep him out of the 147th Preakness Stakes, his connections told turf publicist Jennie Rees. Ricky Courville, the one-eyed gelding’s trainer, told Rees by phone that something wasn’t right after Un Ojo’s Saturday workout. Un Ojo […]

Epicenter is the sizable favorite for Saturday's 147th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. (Image: Preakness Stakes.com)

Epicenter Named Decisive Favorite for 2022 Preakness Stakes

Kentucky Derby favorite Epicenter will reprise his role as a Triple Crown race favorite for the second time in as many races, coming into the 148th Preakness Stakes as the 6/5 morning-line favorite. Pimlico Race Course’s morning-line author, David Feustle, tabbed the Derby runner-up as the definitive favorite during Monday […]

Rombauer reeling in and rolling past Midnight Bourbon in last year's Preakness Stakes was one of the top stories of 2021's racing season. We'll know who picks up the Preakness baton for 2022 May 21 at Pimlico Race Course. (Image: Skip Dickstein)

Pimlico’s Preakness Weekend Schedule: Two Days, 16 Stakes

Pimlico Race Course announced the schedule for the May 20-21 Preakness weekend: a slate featuring 16 stakes – 10 graded – worth $3.8 million. Headlining that weekend, of course, is the 147th running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of America’s Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. The 1 […]

Standout sprinter Yaupon won Sunday's Lite the Fuse Stakes at Pimlico. He was one of two favorites finding the winner's circle in Pimlico's Rainbow 6 mandatory payout day. (Image: Maryland Jockey Club)

Mandatory Rainbow 6 Payout Creates $5.1 Million Avalanche at Pimlico

Bettors piled more than $5.1 million into Pimlico Race Course’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 on Sunday, seeking a piece of the record jackpot carryover on the Maryland track’s mandatory payout day. There were no unique tickets holding all six winners. That meant those holding the most winners walked away with $31,028.08 […]

Pimlico Race Course built up a record $1.351 million Rainbow 6 jackpot that must be paid out by Sunday. (Image: Maryland Jockey Club)

Maryland Record $1.35 Million Rainbow 6 Pot of Gold Up for Grabs

Horseplayers around the country are digging into Pimlico Race Course’s Sunday Independence Day card, hoping for financial fireworks firing from a record mandatory Rainbow 6 payout. Coming into Friday’s eight-race card, Pimlico’s Rainbow 6 sits at a Maryland-record $1,351,928.63. That left vapor trails over the previous record of $399,545.94, captured […]

Rombauer trainer Mike McCarthy, jockey Flavien Prat and owners John and Diane Fradkin hoist the Woodlawn Vase replica after Rombauer's Preakness Stakes victory Saturday. The colt heads to Belmont Park for a likely date in the June 5 Belmont Stakes. (Image: AP Photo/Will Newton)

Rombauer Comes out of Preakness Well, Belmont Stakes Likely Next

While Rombauer’s trainer, Mike McCarthy, headed west back to his California base, his newly minted Preakness Stakes champion left Pimlico Race Course early Monday morning for a northerly destination. That destination? New York’s Belmont Park. “We will go ahead and go to Belmont. We will get there and see how […]

Rombauer and Flavien Prat captured the 146th Preakness Stakes with a closing flourish that belied their 11/1 odds. It was Prat's second Triple Crown race victory, following his promoted Kentucky Derby win aboard Country House in 2019. (Image: AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Improbable Rombauer Turns in a Vintage Preakness Performance

Rombauer, the horse named after a vineyard, now goes by the new name: Preakness Stakes champion. And Rombauer, the horse named after the Napa Valley vineyard, wasn’t supposed to run the Preakness because he wasn’t supposed to run the race that got him into the Preakness. He wasn’t supposed to […]

Maryland-bred Jaxon Traveler returns to his home state as the favorite for the Grade 3 Chick Lang Stakes. The one-time 60/1 futures choice to win the Kentucky Derby found a different path to success. (Image: Maryland Jockey Club)

Taking the Shorter Trail, Jaxon Traveler Puts the Odds in His Favor

Last November, Jaxon Traveler occupied the fast lane of Kentucky Derby prospects. At 60/1, he kept double-digit futures odds company with the likes of 45/1 Highly Motivated, 50/1 Hot Rod Charlie, 75/1 Midnight Bourbon, and 75/1 Keepmeinmind. Jaxon Traveler’s odds were lower than Hidden Stash and Super Stock (both 100/1). […]

Bob Baffert won't be at Pimlico for Saturday's Preakness Stakes. But Kentucky Derby champion Medina Spirit will be. (Image: FoxNews.com)

Medina Spirit Entered in Preakness; Could Ointment be the Culprit?

Under an agreement reached between embattled trainer Bob Baffert and the Maryland Jockey Club, Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit will start in Saturday’s 146th Preakness Stakes. The announcement came shortly after Baffert issued a statement where he said the cause for Medina Spirit’s positive test for the anti-inflammatory betamethasone could […]

Swiss Skydiver (4) passing Authentic in deep stretch provided a memorable 2020 Preakness -- that no fans watched live due to COVID. Pimlico announced Tuesday it will sell 10,000 tickets to the 146th Preakness May 15 at Pimlico. (Image: Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

Preakness Gets Some of Its Fans Back, Pimlico Opens Doors for 10,000

The Maryland Jockey Club announced Tuesday it will allow 10,000 fans into the 2021 Preakness Stakes when that second jewel of the Triple Crowns runs on Saturday, May 15 at Pimlico Race Course. This decision came after The Stronach Group officials met with Baltimore-area and Maryland state health officials, who […]

Swiss Skydiver (right) solidified her Champion 3-Year-Old status with this thrilling Preakness victory over Authentic. What will this year's Preakness contenders to for an encore when the race returns to its customary May date? (Image: Skip Dickstein)

Preakness Meet Weekend at Pimlico Packs in 16 Stakes

The Preakness Stakes serves as the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, doubling as the crown jewel of a stacked Preakness Meet stakes weekend at Pimlico Race Course. The Baltimore race track plays host to 16 stakes – 10 of those graded – over the two-day Preakness weekend on May […]

Laurel Park scratched its entire Friday card after an outbreak of equine herpesvirus (EHV) affected four of its barns. (Image: Maryland Racing)

Laurel Park Cancels Races, Continues Testing After EHV Outbreak

An equine herpesvirus (EHV) outbreak at Laurel Park in Maryland canceled Friday’s racing card and prompted travel restrictions on horses stabled at Laurel and its sister track, Pimlico Race Course. The Paulick Report identified the four barns in question as Laurel’s Barns 1, 4, 10, and 11. Those barns went […]

Jockeys hoping to experience the rush of a Preakness stretch run must undergo COVID-19 testing in Maryland no later than 72 hours before their first race Preakness weekend. (Image: Pimlico Race Course)

Preakness Jockeys Subject to Drive-Up COVID-19 Tests, Other Protocols

Maryland Jockey Club officials announced Friday that jockeys riding Preakness weekend at Pimlico Race Course must undergo COVID-19 testing 72 hours prior to their first mount. That’s one of numerous safety protocols MJC officials instituted for Preakness weekend, which begins Thursday, Oct. 1, and culminates with the 145th Preakness Stakes […]

Fillies, colts, it really doesn't matter who Swiss Skydiver runs against. Trainer Kenny McPeek is considering entering the filly in the Preakness Stakes. (Image: Coady Photography)

Swiss Skydiver’s Next Plunge Could be at Preakness Stakes

A second crack at Art Collector and a first crack at a Triple Crown race. That’s what Swiss Skydiver’s connections ponder as they explore running the filly in the Preakness Stakes. Kenny McPeek, Swiss Skydiver’s trainer, said the Oct. 3 Preakness at Pimlico is in the mix for the standout […]