It was sunny and cool this morning at Pimlico as the six Preakness horses on the grounds completed their planned morning activities. Three more (Rachel Alexandra, Pioneerof the Nile, and Terrain) are expected to arrive in Baltimore mid-afternoon aboard a flight that is scheduled to leave Louisville around 1pm, and I will post photos from that when they get here. The post position draw for the Preakness will also be this afternoon at 5pm and will be online later tonight.
Mine That Bird gallops at Pimlico on Wednesday morning. He arrived at the track on Tuesday at 6:44pm after leaving Churchill Downs at 9:06 in the morning. His trainer Bennie Woolley drove all the way in his Ford F-150 pulling the trailer. Woolley said, "I called a friend on the way and said it's the first time I've had the police leading me instead of chasing me." As for the horse, he traveled with no problems. Woolley said, "He was calm all the way; ate his feed, cleaned up good; drank all his water."
Left: Mine That Bird on his way out to the track for his gallop with his excercise rider and groom Charlie Figueroa aboard.
Right: Figueroa gives Mine That Bird a bath after the gallop.
Left: Big Drama was out again this morning for a gallop with excercise rider Celia Fawkes, his trainer's wife, aboard after working five furlongs in 1:02 3/5 on Monday. His trainer David Fawkes said, "He came out of the work great. He galloped really well."
Right: Celia Fawkes holds him outside the stakes barn later in the morning.
Friesan Fire only walked the shedrow this morning after a bullet five-furlong work in 58 2/5 seconds under jockey Gabriel Saez yesterday. Trainer Larry Jones said, "All went well. He warmed up really good for it; he broke off very relaxed as far as not trying to send him away from there; but anytime you put the blinkers on him, he gets focused and wants to start rolling; he finished up well."
General Quarters also arrived at Pimlico yesterday afternoon and was out this morning for a gallop. 75-year-old owner/trainer/groom/hot walker Tom McCarthy led him to and from the track.
Papa Clem only walked the shedrow this morning after breezing five furlongs in a leisurely 1:05 yesterday. Trainer Gary Stute said, "I was hoping for a faster time, but I'm not worried about it. The track may have been a little slow if you look at the earlier works. All his workouts before the Derby were bad except for the last one. Coming back from the Derby in two weeks, I just mainly wanted him to get a feel for the track."
Flying Private arrived at Pimlico along with stablemate Luv Gov late Tuesday afternoon and trainer D. Wayne Lukas had them both out early on Wednesday morning for a gallop. He breezed four furlongs at Churchill Downs on Monday morning in 48.20.
Luv Gov was the first Preakness horse out galloping this morning and grazed for quite a while behind the stakes barn afterwards. He will only be entered for the Preakness if there are less than 14 other horses. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said, "We're only entering if there is a hole open in the 14th gate. We are not trying to keep the filly from running. If she is excluded by Luv Gov, he will not run. Marylou Whitney, with her status in racing and what she has meant to the industry, has no interest in causing a controversy in the Preakness."
Triple Crown quick links:
Oxbow upsets in the Preakness - Oxbow led the entire way in the Preakness Stakes (G1) on Saturday at Pimlico with Itsmyluckyday second and Mylute third. Heavy favorite Orb made a mild move to finish fourth. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Preakness undercard stakes results - There were 7 other stakes on the card, highlighted by the Dixie Stakes (G2) won by Skyring and the Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (G3) won by Summer Applause. Get the results, charts, and photos for 6 of the races here.
Fiftyshadesofhay wins the Black-Eyed Susan - Fiftyshadesofhay just got up to win the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) on Friday at Pimlico by a neck over Marathon Lady with favorite Emollient 6th. On the undercard, Last Gunfighter won the Pimlico Special (G3). Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Analyzing the Preakness Stakes Contenders for 2013 - My annual analysis using popular angles and statistical trends to see who best matches the profile of a Preakness winner. The big surprise is that Kentucky Derby winner Orb is not in the top group!
Orb wins the Kentucky Derby - Orb was far back early but took the lead in the stretch and drew off to win the Kentucky Derby (G1) by 2 1/2 lengths over longshot Golden Soul and Revolutionary. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
More Kentucky Derby Photos - More photos from the day including more of Orb, the trophy, the roses, Martina McBride, and lots of mud.
Kentucky Derby undercard stakes results - There were 5 other stakes on Derby day including the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) won by 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan and the Humana Distaff Stakes (G1) won by Aubby K. Get the results, charts, and photos for all 5 races here.
Princess of Sylmar upsets in the Kentucky Oaks - She rallied from far back to win the Kentucky Oaks by a half length over Beholder and Unlimited Budget, while favorite Dreaming of Julia was fourth. Get the results, chart, and photos here.
Kentucky Oaks undercard stakes results - There were 5 other stakes on Oaks day including the La Troienne Stakes (G2) won by Authenticity and the Alysheba Stakes (G3) won by Take Charge Indy. Get the results, charts, and photos for all 5 races here.
Kentucky Oaks Entries - A field of 11 fillies will go, with Gulfstream Oaks winner Dreaming of Julia favorite at 3-1 from post 8. Get the post positions, odds, and free past performances here.
Top Kentucky Derby Contenders - my list of the top horses headed to the Derby with profiles for each with photos, stats, and link to more info like past performances and pedigree.
Analyzing the top 2013 Kentucky Derby contenders - My annual analysis of the top contenders to try and select a winner by matching each to the profile of a Kentucky Derby winner using many of the more popular angles and statistical trends. This year there were is a 3-way tie for the top spot: Goldencents, Normandy Invasion, and Overanalyze.
2013 Kentucky Derby And Oaks Security - New enhanced stricter rules will be enforced this year. Be sure to read the rules as many have changed and more things are banned. There will still be magnetic wand searches of all patrons and many things are no longer allowed. Check here to make sure you don't bring anything they will confiscate.
Review: Triple Crown Handicapper 2013 - by Jim Mazur. Includes lots of stats for all 3 races and explains how to use a system of statistically derived negative angles to eliminate the "bad" picks.
Review: Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments - Commemorative DVD from Churchill Downs with video from 27 different runnings along with interviews, photos, and historical info. Definitely recommended for any racing fan!
Review: Churchill Downs - America's Most Historic Racetrack by Kimberly Gatto. An entertaining and informative account of the history of the track and it's most famous race, the Kentucky Derby, with lots of photos. Definitely recommended.