May 19, 2014
As soon as the gate opened, the 139th Preakness was a battle of tactics and wits as much as a test of raw speed. The field was loaded with potential front-runners, and the jockeys neither wanted to let a formidable rival steal away nor get involved in ...
May 15, 2014
California Chrome chose neither his parents nor his destiny. As a Thoroughbred racehorse, you pretty much work with what you’re handed at birth, and what he has done is remarkable, rising from the protection of restricted stakes competition to sit atop ...
May 14, 2014
When California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby, racing fans loved the story: down-to-earth owners, an old-school trainer, and a humbly bred colt. The saga could get even better as California Chrome attempts to win Saturday’s Preakness and move closer to ...
This has been another difficult year for the brethren in the jockey community, with a long list of members on the infirmary list.
May 13, 2014
Since 1933, the Preakness Stakes has been run without variation as the second jewel in the American Triple Crown. During that period, nine winners of the Kentucky Derby failed when asked to win the Preakness as well but then came right back to take the ...
May 12, 2014
The belief that horses need lengthy rest between races has become part of the orthodoxy of the sport.
May 08, 2014
The tout on California Chrome should have been enough. Art Sherman, though, is fresh meat to a media world, both social and traditional, bereft of preconceived Art Sherman notions. Barclay Tagg and John Servis, who were likewise thrust into the ...
May 07, 2014
Now that California Chrome has validated his West Coast form and silenced all but the most stubborn skeptics, there will be a tendency lean too far in the other direction. A word of warning, though. The foregone conclusions drawn in the immediate wake ...
May 06, 2014
There are significant races in the Mid-Atlantic in the spring, summer, and fall, races with great tradition and big purses. The Preakness at Pimlico, however, stands alone.
May 18, 2013
When Oxbow led all the way to score a 16-to-1 upset in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, the result confirmed one tent of trainer Wayne Lukas’s philosophy: You can’t win if you don’t run.