Here and There: Preakness Time 2018

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Hey, rain happens. A little of this and that from a wet Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore Thursday and Friday as the Preakness approached.

Worth Repeating
“You going to the Royal Wedding?”
Assistant trainer Scott Blasi to trainer Tom Morley between races at Pimlico; a transplanted Englishman, Morley is not on the guest list

“Well I don’t know, I thought everybody went.”
Blasi, about half serious

“Every day. Every day.”
Blasi, on whether he misses Horse of the Year Gun Runner

“You can’t get off the hook that easy.”
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, as Blasi tried to duck an interview at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Thursday

“I did the math, if Edgar Prado won 10 races a year it would have taken 70 years to win 7,000 races.”
Alibi Breakfast host Scott Garceau, on the Hall of Fame jockey’s milestone

“When I got word that I won this year’s award I thought they sent it to the wrong email address.”
WBAL-TV executive producer Chris Dachille, recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for covering racing with “excellence and distinction” at Pimlico’s Alibi Breakfast

“My heart’s beating stronger than it did running the Derby half-marathon a couple week ago.”
TIHR’s Tom Law, accepting the David Woods Award at Pimlico Thursday

“It’s a lot quieter today than it was then.”
Trainer John Servis, comparing this Preakness (with longshot Diamond King) to the Smarty Jones run in 2004

“Post Malone’s got a song called Psycho. I listen to it ever day. I just love that song.”
Trainer Bob Baffert, about the Preakness musical act. Psycho by Post Malone.

“What happened to George Strait and Toby Keith?”
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, trying to steer Baffert’s musical taste

“Run a really fast horse. It helps.”
Blasi on the key to winning the Preakness

“He knows … he’s won more of them than me. They’re all hard to win I think.”
Chad Brown, winner of last year’s Preakness with Cloud Computing and trainer of second choice Good Magic, when asked to comment on Baffert’s belief that the Preakness was the “easiest” of the three Triple Crown races to win

“I hope he has more gears, like he showed us in the Derby, because he’s going to need them.”
Baffert on Justify


By The Numbers
Of jockey Edgar Prado’s 7,000 winners trained by Rick Buckley, who received the Jerry Frutkoff Preakness photography award Thursday. Buckley’s shot graced the July 2017 edition of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine.


Names of the Day
Belfour. Brandon Moran’s 4-year-old gelding is by Super Saver and if you’re a hockey fan you know hockey Hall of Famer Ed Belfour played goalie for five NHL teams from 1989-2008. He twice won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalie.

Jessica Krupnick. Sycamore Racing’s 5-year-old mare, named for the sultry character in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is out of Wear Red. And if you want naming advice, call these guys. They’re good. Filly Dorothy Vaughan, named for the NASA mathematician depicted in the movie Hidden Figures, won at Pimlico Thursday. She’s by Proud Citizen out of Gallant Dreamer.