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05/03/2014 03:29 PM

4TH (Off: 12:04 Next Post: 12:38) Surface: Turf GET PPS: This Racecard
1 1/16 Miles Turf | 3 Year Olds And Up | ALLOWANCE | Open

2 Faerie Queene C. Lanerie $19.20 $8.00 $5.00
7 Flashy Gal J. Rosario $7.80 $4.80
1 Abundantly Clear J. Castellano $5.00

Times in 5ths: :234 :471 1:11 1:353 1:421

Times in 100ths: :23.82 :47.36 1:11.10 1:35.79 1:42.22

Winning Trainer: Hiles Rick | Owner: Kerr George
Unplaced horses listed in order of finish.
Also ran: Night Song, Magical Steps, Kimallosa, Kyriaki, Sultry Warrior, First Romance and Finishing Touch
$2 Exacta (2-7) Paid: $133.00, $2 Trifecta (2-7-1) Paid: $848.00, $2 Pick 3 (1-1-2) 3 Correct Paid: $158.20 Pick 3 Pool $126,395.00 , $2 Daily Double (1-2) Paid: $57.20 Daily Double Pool $94,430.00 , $2 Consolation Pick 3 (1-6-2) Paid: $40.40, $2 Superfecta (2-7-1-5) Paid: $6,086.00

5TH (Off: 12:38 Next Post: 1:19) Surface: Dirt GET PPS: This Racecard
7 Furlongs | 3 Year Olds | ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING | Open

9 Jessica's Star J. Graham $10.80 $6.00 $4.80
2 Twang J. Rosario $6.20 $4.20
8 Ulanbator J. Leparoux $4.80

Times in 5ths: :22 :443 1:092 1:223

Times in 100ths: :22.05 :44.63 1:09.48 1:22.72

Winning Trainer: Stidham Michael | Owner: Breen Mark
Unplaced horses listed in order of finish.
Also ran: Thundergram, Saint Finian, How Bout That, Bitters 'n Bourbon, Watery Moon, Sultry Cat, Standpoint and Johnmack Daddy
$2 Exacta (9-2) Paid: $86.00, $2 Trifecta (9-2-8) Paid: $640.80, $2 Pick 3 (1-2-9) 3 Correct Paid: $385.60 Pick 3 Pool $252,348.00 , $2 Pick 4 (1/2-1/6-2-9) 4 Correct Paid: $962.60 Pick 4 Pool $623,079.00 , $2 Daily Double (2-9) Paid: $82.80 Daily Double Pool $92,906.00 , $2 Superfecta (9-2-8-7) Paid: $2,086.20

6TH (Off: 1:19 Next Post: 2:08) Surface: Turf GET PPS: This Racecard
Churchill Distaff Turf Mile S.
1 Mile Turf | 4 Year Olds And Up | STAKES | Open

2 Coffee Clique J. Castellano $13.80 $8.80 $5.80
4 Dame Marie I. Ortiz, Jr. $31.60 $13.40
8 Effie Trinket L. Saez $5.40

Times in 5ths: :24 :464 1:102 1:221 1:343

Times in 100ths: :24.00 :46.98 1:10.48 1:22.31 1:34.66

Winning Trainer: Lynch Brian | Owner: Amerman Racing LLC
Unplaced horses listed in order of finish.
Also ran: Ready Signal, Centre Court, I'm Already Sexy, Miz Ida, Tapicat and Absolute Crackers (IRE)
$2 Exacta (2-4) Paid: $449.00, $2 Trifecta (2-4-8) Paid: $3,820.20, $2 Superfecta (2-4-8-7) Paid: $22,842.60, $2 Pick 3 (2-9-2) 3 Correct Paid: $630.20 Pick 3 Pool $164,954.00 , $2 Daily Double (9-2) Paid: $67.40 Daily Double Pool $145,673.00

7TH (Off: 2:08) Surface: Dirt GET PPS: This Racecard
Humana Distaff S.
7 Furlongs | 4 Year Olds And Up | STAKES | Open

8 Midnight Lucky R. Napravnik $5.20 $4.00 $3.00
1 Street Girl J. Leparoux $13.80 $5.40
5 Scherzinger M. Smith $3.80

Times in 5ths: :223 :45 1:09 1:221

Times in 100ths: :22.74 :45.04 1:09.01 1:22.23

Winning Trainer: Baffert Bob | Owner: Watson, Karl, Pegram, Michael E. and Weitman, Paul

Scratched: Heart Stealer and Saturday Nthe Park
Unplaced horses listed in order of finish.
Also ran: Judy the Beauty, Speedinthruthecity and Iotapa
$2 Exacta (8-1) Paid: $108.20, $2 Trifecta (8-1-5) Paid: $469.20, $2 Pick 3 (9-2-8) 3 Correct Paid: $249.20 Pick 3 Pool $384,297.00 , $2 Pick 4 (2-9-2-8) 4 Correct Paid: $1,933.60 Pick 4 Pool $566,348.00 , $2 Daily Double (2-8) Paid: $41.40 Daily Double Pool $164,984.00 , $2 Superfecta (8-1-5-3) Paid: $1,107.40

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05/04/2014 07:10 PM

RACE 11 (Off: 6:24 Next Post: 7:20) Surface: Dirt GET PPS: This Racecard
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands
1 1/4 Miles | 3 Year Olds | STAKES | Open

5 California Chrome V. Espinoza $7.00 $5.60 $4.20
17 Commanding Curve S. Bridgmohan $31.80 $15.40
4 Danza J. Bravo $6.00

Times in 5ths: :23 :471 1:114 1:372 2:033

Times in 100ths: :23.04 :47.37 1:11.80 1:37.45 2:03.66

Winning Trainer: Sherman Art | Owner: Coburn, Steven and Martin, Perry

Scratched: Hoppertunity and Pablo Del Monte
Unplaced horses listed in order of finish.
Also ran: Wicked Strong, Samraat, Dance With Fate, Ride On Curlin, Medal Count, Chitu, We Miss Artie, General a Rod, Intense Holiday, Candy Boy, Uncle Sigh, Tapiture, Harry's Holiday, Vinceremos, Wildcat Red and Vicar's in Trouble
$2 Exacta (5-17) Paid: $340.00, $2 Trifecta (5-17-4) Paid: $3,424.60, $2 Superfecta (5-17-4-20) Paid: $15,383.80, $2 Daily Double (1-5) Paid: $9.00 Daily Double Pool $997,545.00 , $1 Daily Double (OAKS/DERBY 13-5) Paid: $5.70 Daily Double Pool $2,397,145.00 , $2 Pick 3 (9-1-5) 3 Correct Paid: $180.60 Pick 3 Pool $1,277,653.00 , 50 CENT Pick 3 (OAKS/WDFRD/DERBY 13-1-5) 3 Correct Paid: $4.25 Pick 3 Pool $782,595.00 , $2 Pick 4 (5-9-1-5/11/21) 4 Correct Paid: $1,577.80 Pick 4 Pool $2,911,605.00 , 50 CENT Pick 5 (8-5-9-1-5/11/21) 5 Correct Paid: $694.95 Pick 5 Pool $1,448,930.00 , 50 CENT Pick 6 (2-8-5-9-1-5/11/21) 6 Correct Paid: $5,574.10 Pick 6 Pool $1,285,653.00 , 50 CENT Pick 6 (2-8-5-9-1-5/11/21) 5 Correct Paid: $47.40 Pick 6 Pool , $1 Super High Five (5-17-4-20-6) Paid: $149,764.70, $2 Future Wager (EXACTA POOL 1 24-18) Paid: $203.00, $2 Future Wager (EXACTA POOL 2 3-24) Paid: $358.60, $2 Future Wager (EXACTA POOL 3 4-24) Paid: $828.20, $2 Future Wager (EXACTA POOL 4 5-24) Paid: $138.00, $2 Future Wager (POOL 1 - 24) Paid: $3.60, $2 Future Wager (POOL 2 - 3) Paid: $63.40, $2 Future Wager (POOL 3 - 4) Paid: $67.60, $2 Future Wager (POOL 4 - 5) Paid: $20.80

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05/04/2014 07:13 PM

New York-based Derby runners not expected to go in Preakness

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The three New York-based horses who contested Saturday’s 140th Kentucky Derby were all expected to ship home by Monday, but none of the trio is expected to run back in the May 17 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, according to their connections.

The Wood Memorial first- and second-place finishers Wicked Strong and Samraat finished noses apart in the Derby when running fourth and fifth, respectively, behind California Chrome. Uncle Sigh, who set the early pace, faded to 14th in the 19-horse field.

Wicked Strong and Uncle Sigh were expected to share a van ride Monday back to Belmont Park. Samraat was going to be flown Monday back to New York along with Todd Pletcher-trained runners Danza, We Miss Artie, and Intense Holiday, who will all be based at Belmont Park. Samraat will be based at Aqueduct.

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said aside from a scrape on a hock, Wicked Strong came out of his fourth-place finish in the Derby relatively unscathed. Jerkens felt his horse ran well considering all the traffic he had in the stretch, especially when Danza cut in front of him at the eighth pole. He was beaten 5 3/4 lengths.

“I was livid. I thought he had a lot of traffic down the lane,” Jerkens said Sunday morning. “Every time he went to go somewhere, he got shut off. I was really happy to see that he got fourth.”

Regarding the Preakness, Jerkens said, “It doesn’t seem like the right thing to do. Who knows? He might do something when we get back home to make me change my mind.”

Trainer Rick Violette said Samraat put in “a typical Samraat performance. He ran his eyeballs out.”

Violette said he would discuss the Preakness with owner Len Riggio but added, “I would lean toward not running.”

Violette said that if for some reason California Chrome didn’t make the Preakness, he would re-think his position.

“We’re as good as anybody else,” Violette said.

Violette said he would consider the Belmont Stakes for Samraat.

Gary Contessa said Uncle Sigh would likely drop back into an allowance race for his next start after getting beat 16 1/4 lengths in the Derby. Equipped with blinkers for the first time, Uncle Sigh was part of the early pace, running a half-mile in 47.37 seconds and six furlongs in 1:11.80 before dropping back approaching the quarter pole.

Contessa said despite adding the blinkers, he did not want Uncle Sigh on the lead.

“Of all the things I didn’t want to happen, I didn’t want to be on the lead,” said Contessa, lamenting the lack of speed shown by others in the race. “I told Irad [Ortiz] to show a little bit of intent to get position, but let the other speed pass you, and you’ll be in perfect position, but the other speed never materialized.”

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05/13/2014 12:55 PM

Capping the Preakness Stakes top betting favorites

As we get ready for the second leg of the Triple Crown, here is a look at the likely top three Preakness favorites:

California Chrome (-150)

What do we really need to say about this horse? He was the dominating winner of the Kentucky Derby and the clear and likely very overwhelming favorite here. You can’t question that he’s by far the best horse in this field. The challenge, though, is to question whether there is any betting value in what will be a very low price.

The biggest reason for concern is the pace scenario. He likes to sit just off the early pace - pressing it without setting it. In the Derby, that early pace was ridiculously and surprisingly slow for a race of that caliber, so the favorite was able to relax and conserve his energy. By the time he made his move there was no stopping him.

In the Preakness, though, he will face a much more aggressive early pace. Social Inclusion, Bayern and Pablo Del Monte will all be pushing the pace and the top two have the ability to be very fast. If California Chrome can’t relax in the face of that attack there could be issues. He’s clearly the best horse, he’s probably going to win, but our inclination is to look for ways to beat him in my handicapping.

Social Inclusion (+600)

This horse has only raced three times, but it was his second outing that has captured the imaginations of race fans. In an allowance field at Gulfstream with a solid, talented field he absolutely exploded around the final turn to win by 10 lengths.

He jumped up in class next time out to make his stakes debut in the Wood Memorial. He wound up third behind Derby entrants Wicked Strong and Samraat, but it was a tough race and one that this horse could easily move forward from.

If the horse had made the Kentucky Derby field, he would have been bet to win, so he’s an obvious factor in this one - clearly second best. I’m a little concerned about the early pace he could face, but he is training well and is rested, and should be ready for the test. Head-to-head the favorite is likely better, but this is the horse California Chrome should fear most.

Bayern (+1,000)

The similarities between the stories of Bayern and Social Inclusion are striking. Both rose to national attention on the strength of a stunning allowance win second time out - a 15 length romp at Santa Anita in this case. Both came back to finish third in their stakes debut - the Arkansas Derby here. Both are fast and very talented, but immature and inexperienced, and haven’t put it all together yet when it matters.

Bayern has had another race, though. When it looked like the Derby wasn’t going to work for him, trainer Bob Baffert instead entered him in the Derby Trial at CHurchill Downs. He won that race by a nose, but was placed second after a lousy ride from jockey Rosie Napravnik that earned her a three day suspension.

This horse is a touch behind Social Inclusion and the odds reflect that, but he has been working exceptionally well and will have benefitted from the extra race. The distance and an early pace are concerns, but if the horse does go off at or near this price then you’d have to factor him prominently in your exotic bets.

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05/13/2014 12:56 PM

Filly Ria Antonia to run against boys

May 12, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) - A filly is going to challenge the boys in the Preakness for the first time since 2009 when Rachel Alexandra won.

Ria Antonia will be ridden by Calvin Borel, who guided Rachel Alexandra to victory. Ria Antonia is coming off a sixth-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks on May 2 at Churchill Downs, where she has been training.

For the first time in the Preakness, a filly, a female jockey and a female trainer will all compete at the same time. Rosie Napravnik will ride Bayern while trainer Linda Rice will saddle Kid Cruz.

Ria Antonia's trainer, Tom Amoss, said Monday the idea to run her against the boys came from her owners. He said she has passed all the tests to take on the challenge. She joined his barn three days after the Oaks, when the owners decided to switch to Amoss from Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

''I don't know what happened in the Oaks, but I like the way she looks now,'' Amoss said. ''We have a healthy, sound horse and we are ready to roll the dice.''

Amoss said he sees the Preakness as Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome versus everyone else. He says if California Chrome runs his race in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness then he will win, but if not, it opens up opportunities for other horses, including Ria Antonia.

Ria Antonia is scheduled to jog at Churchill Downs on Tuesday and arrive in Baltimore from Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday. The 139th Preakness is Saturday.

It will be the third time a Triple Crown race has had a filly, a female trainer and a female jockey.

In the 1984 Kentucky Derby, Patricia Cooksey rode So Vague to an 11th-place finish, one spot ahead of Biloxi Indian, trained by Diane Carpenter. Fillies Life's Magic was eighth and Althea was 19th.

In the 1996 Belmont Stakes, Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone rode South Salem, who was eased; Cynthia Reese trained In Contention to a ninth-place finish; and filly My Flag was third.

California Chrome galloped 1 1/4 miles Monday at Churchill and then departed on a flight to Baltimore.

''Everything is perfect,'' said Alan Sherman, assistant to his father and trainer Art Sherman, who will rejoin the colt in Maryland.

Also on the same flight were Preakness contenders Ride On Curlin, who finished seventh in the Derby with Borel on board; General a Rod, who was 11th in the Derby; and Pablo Del Monte, who didn't run in the Derby because the owners didn't like the No. 20 post position.

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05/13/2014 12:57 PM

California Chrome checks into Stall 40

May 12, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) - Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome has arrived at Pimlico Race Course, where he will try to keep his Triple Crown bid alive in Saturday's Preakness.

After being transported on a chartered flight from Kentucky, California Chrome settled into prestigious Stall 40 at Pimlico.

Stall 40 is the traditional home to the Kentucky Derby winner. Listed above the stall is a list of horses that have stayed there, including Secretariat and Seattle Slew.

Alan Sherman, assistant trainer of California Chrome, says, ''It's awesome. I was looking at the list of horses that have been in that stall. It's quite unbelievable.''

Sherman says the horse had no problems with the flight and is ready to resume his bid at becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

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05/17/2014 11:12 AM

Preakness Stakes betting: Horse-by-horse preview and picks

If California Chrome could save time in a bottle, the first thing he'd probably do would be to fire the clockers at Churchill Downs. The Chromie's time was one of the slowest ever for a Kentucky Derby winner a couple of weeks ago.

But, despite the pedestrian time of 2:03.66 (slowest winning time on a fast track since 1974) we're still pretty high on California Chrome's chances to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed pulled off the hat trick in 1978. That's mainly because the rest of the three-year-old class is mediocre, save for the filly Untapable, who remains steadfast against running against the males.

Here's a look at the 10-horse field for the 139th running of the Preakness at Pimlico Saturday:

1. Dynamic Impact (jockey-M. Mena, odds-12-1): Broke his maiden in March and then came back to win the Illinois Derby posting a Beyer number of 102. He's quick and improving but seems easily outclassed here.

2. General a Rod (J. Castellano, 15-1): Endured a troubled-trip in the Kentucky Derby, the first time in his six career starts that he didn't hit the board. Jockey Joel Rosario opted to take the mount on Ride On Curlin, which shows you which horse he likes better.

3. California Chrome (V. Espinoza, 3-5): The California-bred carries a five-race winning streak into the second jewel of the Triple Crown and looms the clear choice. The key will be how Espinoza rates him as there is plenty of early speed in the race and CC likes to be near the front. Five Kentucky Derby winners have won the Preakness in the past dozen years.

4. Ring Weekend (A. Garcia, 20-1): Once a favorite in the Kentucky Derby futures pools, this colt figured to be one of the top contenders for the Run for the Roses after his win in the Tampa Bay Derby. That's when things went downhill as he was routed in the Calder Derby by nine lengths as the heavy chalk and then came down with a fever. Well-bred, but would be a surprise.

5. Bayern (R. Naparavnik, 10-1): Disappointed as the 8/5 favorite in the Arkansas Derby after setting an easy pace. In his next start, he won the Derby Trial, albeit against a soft field, but was disqualified for drifting out in the stretch. Trainer Bob Baffert is taking the blinkers off his colt again looking to get this one to run straight. Has good early speed.

6. Ria Antonia (C. Borel, 30-1): Here's one filly unafraid to run with the boys. Took sixth in the Kentucky Oaks but could hardly see the winner (Untapable) at the finish. Best run was a second at the Santa Anita Oaks and is a decided long shot with little hope of becoming the sixth filly to win the Preakness.

7. Kid Cruz (J. Pimentel, 20-1): Only runner in the field to have raced at Pimlico and it was a win in the Tesio Stakes in mid-April. Trainer Linda Rice, a favorite of horseplayers at Saratoga in the summer, is just the 15th female to saddle a Preakness entry. His highest speed figures, however, pales in comparison to the contenders.

8. Social Inclusion (L. Contreras, 5-1): The speed gurus rate this lightly-raced colt strongly but a bruised foot could hamper his chances. Still, he was third in the Wood setting the pace as the 8/5 favorite and was beaten only by well-meant Kentucky Derby runners Wicked Strong and Samraat. If he's healthy he should be fresh and he set the track record at Gulfstream for 1 1/16th miles in March. A true threat.

9. Pablo Del Monte (J. Sanchez, 20-1): Drew into the Kentucky Derby when Hoppertunity was scratched but trainer Wesley Ward decided against running him especially when he was going to have to start from Post 20. Took third in the Bluegrass Stakes and has good early speed but his speed figures are not impressive.

10. Ride On Curlin (J. Rosario, 10-1): Could be the wise guy's choice after a troubled second in the Arkansas Derby and even more problems in the Kentucky Derby where he finished a hard-charging seventh by just six lengths after an inexcusable rail ride by Calvin Borel. One of just three horses in the field to come back after running in the Derby and he has had valid excuses.

Picks: California Chrome, Social Inclusion, Ride on Curlin, General a Rod

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05/17/2014 11:31 AM


Saturday, May 17

Track should be mostly dry for Preakness

Despite rain in Baltimore late in the week, the track at the Preakness Stakes should be pretty dry by post time.

Between 1.5 to 2.0 inches of rain fell as of Friday morning. The forecast for Saturday is mostly clear with temperatures in the mid 60s with a zero percent chance of precipitation.

The official website of the Preakness is calling the tacking conditions 'fast'.

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05/17/2014 04:29 PM

Preakness Stakes Breakdown

May 16, 2014

The second leg of the "Triple Crown" takes place this Saturday as California Chrome will square off against nine other horses from Pimlico Race Course.

Below is my complete breakdown for the 139th Preakness Stakes!

2014 Breakdown

PP - Horse ML Odds Jockey (Derby Record) Trainer (Derby Record)

1 - Dynamic Impact 12/1 Miguel Mena (Debut) Mark Casse (Debut)
Notes: The first of seven runners that didn’t try to topple California Chrome in Louisville that will in Baltimore. Won the Illinois Derby last out which is now used as more of a Preakness prep than as one for the Derby since it offers no points for the Derby. He gutted out a win from his rail draw that day over Derby prep vet Midnight Hawk in just his first start since breaking his maiden, which took him five tries. My problem is Midnight Hawk didn’t have the best trip that day and is probably a miler at best. He received gaudy speed figs all around but to me he’s more filler than thriller in here.

2 - General a Rod 15/1 Javier Castellano (1-2) Mike Maker (Debut)
Notes: Only one of two coming back to take another crack at the Derby winner from the Run for the Roses, his connections actually waited several days before announcing their intentions to run here. Like almost every Derby starter, he did encounter some traffic trouble but that’s because the wicked early pace we all expected never materialized and he wound up battling with eight horses for a spot most thought three would be vying for. Save the minor trouble, he raced evenly and never made a serious run. Reunited with Castellano, who was aboard for his second place finish in the Fountain of Youth and won this in 2006 with Bernardini. I guess this is a logical spot for him because I’m not sure what you’d do with him otherwise. Honestly, though, is that the reason you want to give for liking a horse in an American classic? It’s not one I’d want to admit to. I’m passing on him.

3 - California Chrome 3/5 Victor Espinoza (1-5) Art Sherman (Debut)
Notes: Gutsy job, making him 3-5 on the morning line but that’s about the price he’ll be. Amazingly, he worked out another perfect trip in the Derby and parlayed it into a fairly easy score, with Espinoza pulling him up in the latter stages to presumably save something for Baltimore. Well, he’s been in Baltimore for a bit, seems to be training well but didn’t work between races. His connections keep talking about how the running back in two weeks isn’t ideal. No kidding, genius, it’s the Triple Crown. This isn’t supposed to be easy but it’s been this way for decades. No one is springing this on you at the last minute. I do not like how they keep bringing it up which leads me to believe they don’t think he can do it and, more importantly, there is a reason he can’t do it. And, at some point, doesn’t his run of great luck HAVE to run out? It may have at the draw as he’s posted inside all of the other real speed horses. I’m curious as to whether they try to protect the rail or lets the speed go and cross over in front of him. Either way, it looks like he’s destined for a less than ideal trip. I haven’t liked him all season. Why start now? He can certainly win but if he does I won’t be cashing. I will use him underneath in my gimmick wagers, however, just not on top.

4 - Ring Weekend 20/1 Alan Garcia (0-2) Graham Motion (0-5)
Notes: Was all set to do battle in the Derby before spiking a fever and coming down with a slight infection the week before the race. His scratch enabled fellow West Point runner Commanding Curve into the Derby and he rewarded the team with a lights-out performance to be second at a huge price. As for this guy, he looked great wiring the Tampa Bay Derby field then had a wild trip in the Calder Derby, getting off slow and almost run into off of the far turn. Motion kept him at fair Hill as long as he could and didn’t’ arrive at Pimlico until the last possible day, Thursday. M biggest problem with him is that I think he wants the lead and he can’t get it under any circumstance in here. I’m passing.

5 - Bayern 10/1 Rosie Napravnik (0-1) Bob Baffert (5-14)
Notes: I’ve mentioned it a dozen times already but it’s worth mentioning again just to prove how fragile these horses can be. Baffert, at one point or another, had New Year’s Day, Midnight Hawk, Tap It Rich, Indianapolis, The Admiral, Bayern, and Hoppertunity on the Triple Crown trail and wound up running just Chitu in the Derby. Perhaps, Bayern is his best and he better hope he is because he seems to be all that’s left in the cupboard. Controversially DQed in the Derby Trial when he herded the second runner (he NEVER comes down in NY) a week before the Derby, which all but crushed his hopes at a run for the roses. Talent doesn’t appear to be a question but he does lack a touch of seasoning and I’m starting to think he has some distance limitations. Baffert, who seemingly owns this race with five wins, chooses Napravnik over guys like Mike Smith and Gary Stevens and I think it’s a good move considering Rosie will likely get this horse to settle off the pace the best of the three (Did I really just say that?). Not sure about the win end but I wouldn’t be stunned if he’s part of the trifecta or superfecta.

6 - Ria Antonia 30/1 Calvin Borel (1-3) Tom Amoss (0-2)
Notes: At first glance it seems ridiculous her connections are running her here. She hasn’t crossed the wire first since the middle of last year and her biggest career score came via DQ in the B.C. Juvenile Fillies. On top of that, she’s winless in three tries this year including an off the board finish in the Kentucky Oaks behind Untapable last out. Her owner says Untapable is the best sophomore in the land and that he’d rather try the boys than her again. I sort of see where he is coming from. This filly is a one paced type of horse that is going to run the same race regardless of the company she keeps, in my opinion. I guess he’d rather run third or fourth here then second or third in the Acorn or Mother Goose. That convoluted logic makes some sense to me. He gets Borel, who won this aboard the fabulous filly Rachel Alexandra in 2009. Keep in mind that Amoss is her FOURTH trainer in less than a year. I get the logic but don’t agree with the assessment. I’m tossing her out.

7 - Kid Cruz 20/1 Julian Pimentel (0-1) Linda Rice (Debut)
Notes: When I break down these big races, there always seems to be certain categories I like to cover. There is the “horse for the course,” “the money burner,” “the wild card” and the dreaded “wiseguy” horse. This guy is definitely the wild card. There is plenty of pace signed up in here for him to properly utilize his late kick. His jock knows the track better than anyone and he owns a win in the local prep for this. No horse that’s won that prep, the Tesio, has come back to win the Preakness in 31 years since Deputed Testimony did it in 1983 and while I’m not sure he’s good enough to do it a piece of the pie isn’t out of the question.

8 - Social Inclusion 5/1 Luis Contreras (Debut) Manny Azpurua (Debut)
Notes: When we turn the calendar to 2015 in less than eight months and look back on this crop of three-year-olds there is a very good chance the answer to the “who was the best?” question will be this guy In just three races he’s shown he’s fast in his debut, can carry his speed over a distance with a track record performance in start two and overcame a bad post and not having things his own way when a game third in the Wood Memorial against a far more accomplished and seasoned bunch. He didn’t have enough Derby points to run in Louisville, which at the time appeared to be a blessing in disguise. But if you’d have told me they would go a :47 and change half mile and you’d have let me bet on this colt, I wouldn’t have saved money for socks. He had been battling a minor foot bruise but that looks to be behind him. He’s drawn beautifully, should love this course which has historically been kind to speedier types if not anything else and is fresh as a daisy. The Preakness pick.

9 - Pablo Del Monte 20/1 Jeffrey Sanchez (Debut) Wesley Ward (0-2)
Notes: So they enter this guy in the Derby knowing he’ll be an AE, he draws in and they scratch anyway not wanting to run from post 20. Did they think this was old harness racing rules and that they’d get the post of the scratched horse? Knuckleheads!! I have no idea what this horse is doing here. His conventional dirt form is decent at best and I don’t think he wants a step past a mile against good horses. He can throw a monkey wrench into the whole thing, however, if he’s just gunned out of there and tries to make the lead at all costs. I sure hope that’s not the plan. Complete toss out.

10 - Ride On Curlin 10/1 Joel Rosario (0-2) Billy Gowan (Debut)
Notes: He got seriously “Boreled” in the Derby, immediately taken back to last and dropped over to the inside in anticipation of making one big run from the back of the back with Calvin hootin’ and hollerin’ in some nonsensical tongue that only he understands. The problem is those weren’t the instructions. The horse hates running inside of horses. Borel is Borel though – a one trick pony – so that’s the ride you get. But now he gets the master, Mr. Rosario. After a year of crazy trips I’m sure he’ll get a beautiful one in the Preakness. He’s drawn outside, there is plenty of speed and he should be running as they approach the far turn. A serious contender I’m using him on all of my tickets and Pick 4s.

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05/20/2014 05:21 PM

Chrome cleared to wear nasal strip

May 19, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - California Chrome can breathe easy - he's allowed to wear a nasal strip when he goes for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.

Belmont Park stewards cleared the horse Monday to use the strip that opens his nasal passages, just as he did in winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

New York tracks have a rule prohibiting any equipment not specifically approved by stewards, and nasal strips were not on the list. A statement from the New York Racing Association and the state's Gaming Commission said the track's three stewards unanimously agreed to lift the ban.

The strip worn by California Chrome during his six-race winning streak assists airflow through the nostrils - something that should come in handy during the Belmont's grueling 1 1/2 miles on June 7.

''I think it opens up his air passage and gives him that little extra oomph that he needs, especially going a mile and a half,'' trainer Art Sherman said. ''Any time you can have a good air passage that means a lot for these thoroughbreds.''

Other states allow nasal strips while racing, and even some jockeys wear them, as do humans in other sports.

California Chrome is trying to become the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed in 1978. On Sunday, however, Sherman raised the possibility his horse wouldn't run in the Belmont if barred from using a nasal strip.

''I'd have to leave it up to the owners,'' he said at the time. ''I know they'll be upset.''

Two years ago, Doug O'Neill trained I'll Have Another to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness with the colt wearing a nasal strip. New York officials told O'Neill his horse couldn't wear one in the Belmont. The issue became moot when I'll Have Another was scratched the day before the race because of a leg injury.

This Belmont Stakes is shaping up as a possible 11-horse race, including two newcomers to the Triple Crown trail: Commissioner, sixth in the Arkansas Derby; and Tonalist, the Peter Pan Stakes winner.

Other probables include the second- through fifth-place finishers in the Kentucky Derby: Commanding Curve, Danza, Wicked Strong and Samraat. Intense Holiday, 12th in the Derby, is on the list.

Three Preakness runners could return: Ride On Curlin (second), Social Inclusion (third) and Kid Cruz (eighth).

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