Get out your money. Real money, not your fiver with your friend back at the barn and not your two dollars at evens at the chalkboard. It’s Fair Hill time – real betting, real money. This is not Fantasy League.
Memorial Day weekend. It’s a time for parades, cookouts, an extra day off for some and most importantly, a time to remember those who served our country with distinction and honor. It’s an important weekend in the racing world, too, even though it falls between the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.
Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud, home of Alternation, Broken Vow, Cowboy Cal and the late Sky Classic, gets the three-day holiday weekend off to a proper start.
While Pioneerof the Nile’s American Pharoah took another step toward ending the American Triple Crown drought, another grandson of classic winner Unbridled sired a pair of stakes winners last weekend at Pimlico Race Course.
Juddmonte Farm bred and raced both American Pharoah’s grandsire Empire Maker and his close relative First Defence. Empire Maker, by Unbridled out of the great Broodmare of the Year Toussaud, was a distance specialist and upset Funny Cide in the 2003 Belmont Stakes.
First Defence, on the other hand, was better up to a mile. That’s not entirely surprising since as he’s by Unbridled’s Song out of Toussaud’s Grade 1-winning sprinter Honest Lady, by Seattle Slew.
Triple Crown mania went into high gear as American Pharoah splashed his way through Baltimore in a powerful victory in the Preakness Stakes. A little more than two weeks and he’ll go for the sweep in the Belmont Stakes. How will he do it? Can he do it? Will he do it?
Everyone wants to know the answer to those questions and so many more. American Pharoah, and the 12 furlongs of the Belmont Stakes, hold the answers.
The clouds filled the sky in Arcadia, but it was far from a gloomy time at the Great Race Place.
The Santa Anita Preakness Challenge gave some of the best horseplayers across the country an opportunity to strut their stuff. A live-money tournament with a $3,000 bankroll, the contest added even more flavor to a sensational weekend of racing.
When Sea Of Clouds showed – and earned – very little in his two lifetime starts on the racetrack, Sheikh Fahad Al Thani of Qatar Racing wasted no time finding him a happy and suitable alternative career. He had the right connections.
The signs were there the day before the 140th Preakness. You just needed to be there and interpret them the right way. It all happened rather quickly. In less than five minutes it became pretty clear who was the star of the show and the primary concern of his five-time Preakness-winning trainer.
It’s a deck. A wooden rectangle, providing a level platform on the side of a grass bank, maybe 10 feet by 20 feet. It could sit overtop an inlet or a pond, a couple of fishing poles, a cooler, a place to watch the sun set.
The progeny of a pair of Relaunch grandsons dominated the stakes action last weekend in Southern California, while the Southwest region saw the first juvenile stakes winner of the year.
When Beholder scratched from Saturday’s Grade 1 Vanity Stakes at Santa Anita Park, the race was widely conceded to Warren’s Veneda. They just forgot to tell Mike Smith and My Sweet Addiction. The pair shrugged off multiple challenges to gain the coveted victory under the gaze of the San Gabriel Mountains.
We’re in Baltimore and on the grounds at Pimlico Race Course prepping for Saturday’s Xpressbet Preakness Stakes. People are talking and they’re joking even more, especially during Thursday’s traditional Alibi Breakfast.
American Pharoah, Firing Line and Dortmund - the three leading contenders for the $1.5 million Preakness and the first three finishers in the Kentucky Derby- were on the track Thursday and that certainly got people chatting about their chances.
On a spectacular first Saturday in May in Louisville, American Pharoah had to work a little harder than usual to wear that coveted garland of roses.
The Bob Baffert-trained son of Pioneerof the Nile took the overland route to the infield winner’s circle all the while taking another step toward superstardom. He also became the latest in a long string of Mr. Prospector-line Kentucky Derby winners.