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  • Race-by-race results from Preakness Day

    Race-by-race results from Preakness Day
    Race 1: Jockey Julian Pimentel rode Magic Cash to victory in the first of 12 races on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. Phlash Phelps took second and Relentless Ride finished in third in the 1 1/6-mile race. The winner finished in 1 minute, 44.98 seconds.
  • Finally, Hamilton Smith has his chance at the Kentucky Derby

    Finally, Hamilton Smith has his chance at the Kentucky Derby
    On a cool Saturday morning, Hamilton A. Smith — the programs call him that, but most every acquaintance calls him Ham or Hammy — is doing his best to do as he always has. He moves around his barn at Laurel Park, working his staff. His rapid-...

    Finding success in silks at Preakness

    Finding success in silks at Preakness
    It's 10 in the morning and Tracy Campola has already been up for hours, putting the finishing touches on one of 14 racing silks that are due by the end of the week. The Arbutus resident is surprisingly calm, considering that she's up to her neck in orders...

    For jockeys, Preakness prep is a mix of study and superstition

    For jockeys, Preakness prep is a mix of study and superstition
    Maryland-based jockey Mario Pino says he once heard that the great race rider Laffit Pincay would wear his underwear inside out. For luck. Ramon Dominguez, Eclipse Award-winning jockey the last two years, likes to have Perrier water and animal crackers...

    Kentucky Derby notes: Bodemeister tires down the stretch

    Kentucky Derby notes: Bodemeister tires down the stretch
    What a scene it would have been. Bodemeister, the 4-1 morning line favorite, seemed to run effortlessly around most of track at Churchill Downs on Saturday, opening a lead of four lengths coming out of the final turn. He would have been trainer Bob...