PREAKNESS STAKES SATURDAY – 6:48 P.M.
Can the Dream continue?
The hours of scrutinizing the Kentucky Derby entries a couple of weeks ago are over. The Preakness is up and we already know, essentially, who the big name 3-year-olds are.
The chatter is a little less come Preakness time but no doubt horse racing fans are either hoping for the Derby winner to win again and launch horse racing into the big league headlines again, or, they are finding the upsetter.
Watching all the Derby training leading up to the famous race, a few stood out and Thoorughblog sleected Always Dreaming 2nd as his workouts and seemingly endless supply of stamina was so impressive.
He goes into the Preakness looking like a bear once again.
Trainer Todd Pletcher – “I thought he looked great. He’s feeling super—strong but controlled, which is what we wanted to see. He was well behaved around the barn, on his way to the track, and on his way back to the track. I thought he was focused and under control throughout. I like the way he is behaving around the barn. He’s quiet in the stall and is very composed. And when he gets on the track, he’s strong, but in a good way. We just don’t want to see him get too excited and step on himself or something like that.”
CLASSIC EMPIRE really is the logical horse to upend the Derby champ. He had a tough start and a wide trip over an inside-biased sloppy track in the Derby and finished well.
Saturday, Pimlico, post time: 6:48 p.m. EDT
PREAKNESS S.-GI, $1,500,000, 3yo, 1 3/16m
PP HORSE SIRE OWNER TRAINER JOCKEY WT
1 Multiplier K The Factor Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable & George J. Kerr Walsh Rosario 126
2 Cloud Computing K Maclean’s Music Klaravich Stables, Inc. & William Lawrence Brown Castellano 126
3 Hence Street Boss Calumet Farm Asmussen Geroux 126
4 Always Dreaming K Bodemeister MeB Racing, Brooklyn Boyz, Teresa Viola, St Elias, Pletcher Velazquez 126
5 Classic Empire K Pioneerof the Nile John C. Oxley Casse Leparoux 126
6 Gunnevera K Dialed In Peacock Racing Stables, LLC Sano Smith 126
7 Term of Art K Tiznow Calumet Farm O’Neill Ortiz 126
8 Senior Investment K Discreetly Mine Fern Circle Stables McPeek Hill 126
9 Lookin At Lee K Lookin At Lucky L and N Racing LLC Asmussen Lanerie 126
10 Conquest Mo Money K Uncle Mo Judge Lanier Racing Hernandez Carreno 126
Breeders: 1-Mark Stansell, 2-Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc & Stretch Run Ventures, LLC, 3-Calumet Farm, 4-Santa Rosa Partners, 5-Steven & Brandi
Nicholson, 6-Brandywine Farm & Stephen Upchurch, 7-Whisper Hill Farm, LLC, 8-Dixiana Farms LLC, 9-Ray Hanson, 10-Twin Creeks Farm
ALWAYS DREAMING’S CO-OWNER LIVES THE DREAM
Nice story at New Jersey.com
BY JERRY IZENBERG
For The Star-Ledger
BALTIMORE — Anthony Bonomo Sr. couldn’t separate his Brooklyn roots from who he is even if he tried — which he doesn’t.
At 52, he was born too late to hear the sound of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Syn-Phony band greet the umpires at Ebbets Field with the playing of “Three Blind Mice,” and too late to watch members of local congregations praying on their church’s steps, asking God to help first baseman Gil Hodges break his batting slump.
That part of Brooklyn lives only in the memories of older men, but old neighborhood, well, that remains clear in the backroads of his mind.
So when he and Vinnie Viola spoke at the podium at the post-Kentucky Derby press conference, Brooklyn was there, too. The accent wasn’t blue grass and juleps. When Bonomo spoke, the accent was straight from the heart and soul of Williamsburg section, by way of the old neighborhood.
BIG STAKES AROUND THE TRACKS ON FRIDAY – SATURDAY
Canadian-breds are everywhere
SHAMAN GHOST, an Ontario bred from Frank Stronach’s Stable, is in today’s Grade 3 Pimlico Special worth $300,000, his first race since he won the Santa Anita Handicap. The Queen’s Plate winner from 2 years ago is
Saturday, Churchill Downs, post time: 5:51 p.m. EDT
LOUISVILLE H.-GIII, $100,000, 3yo/up, 1 1/2mT
PP HORSE SIRE OWNER TRAINER JOCKEY WT
1 Generous Kitten K Kitten’s Joy Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey Maker Mena 115
2 Grey Wizard K Kitten’s Joy Calumet Farm Fernandez Flores 113
3 Nessy Flower Alley Sierra Farm Wilkes Hernandez, Jr. 111
4 Some in Tieme (Brz) Shirocco (Ger) Some In Time, Inc. McPeek Cruz 116
5 Kaigun Northern Afleet Quintessential Racing Florida LLC, Horse’n Around Casse Zayas 118
6 Twilight Eclipse K Purim West Point Thoroughbreds, LLC Motion Graham 120
7 Reporting Star Circular Quay Merriebelle Stable, LLC Walsh Rocco, Jr. 118
8 Street Fashion Street Sense Augustin Stable Motion Landeros 115
9 Danish Dynaformer Dynaformer Charles E. Fipke Attfield Saez 119
10 Patrick’s Day K Harlan’s Holiday Donegal Racing Blair Cannon 114
11 Bullards Alley Flower Alley Wayne Spalding & Faron McCubbins Glyshaw Pedroza 116
12 Gold Shield K Medaglia d’Oro Lane’s End Racing and Kinsman Stable McGaughey III Bridgmohan 115
Breeders: 1-Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey, 2-Liberation Farm & Brandywine Farm, 3-Sierra Farm, 4-Haras Santa Maria de Araras, 5-William Sorokolit
Racing Stable Inc., 6-Epona Thoroughbreds, 7-Gilbert G. Campbell, 8-George Strawbridge Jr., 9-Charles Fipke, 10-Dr. John A. Chandler, 11-Eugene
Melnyk, 12-Kinsman Farm
CONQUEST BOOGALOO got his first win since 2014 in an allowance/optional claiming event on the first Wednesday night of racing at Woodbine for 2017. It was a hot and steamy night and the track was, from all reports, filled to the brim with groups (some as big as 300 people) and functions taking in the 8 race card.
This dark bay gelding, well, you had to feel sorry for the fellow since he had not won in 3 years and he only had 2 races last season.
Now owned by Track West Racing (Dave Clancy) and partner, Conquest Boogaloo was a warrior in 2015 as he was 3rd in the Plate Trial, 3rd in the Plate, 5th in the Prince of Wales and 2nd in the Breeders’ Stakes. H was on the shelf after that and then had that light 2016 season.
But on Wed. night he rallied to win despite a drab season opener and he posted an 83 Beyer Figure to top the night. His time was 1:45.24 on a slow surface that seemed to favour outisde stalkers and closers.
The Mark Casse stable, by the way, is hitting at 40% wins from starters.
PISTON BROKE is 2 for 2 this year for the partnership of trainer Alan Desruisseux, Maureen Hewitt-Topp and Robyn Brohman. The Florida bred won under Sunny Singh in his opener and then under Luis Contreras on Wed. night. Both races were for $10,000 claiming.
Race 5 was a super $10,000 sprint at 5 furlongs featuring some of the toughest old guys around.
GENTLEMAN JACKSON , now 10 years-old, battled hard all the way to win in his first race of the year and it was his 18th career victory from 62 starts. Owned for this win by Robyn Lewis, Mr. Jackson has been trained off an don by Marty Drexler, who has done the best with the old timer. He was claimed from this race by Mike Wright Jr.
FASIG TIPTON TIMONIUM 2-YEAR-OLD – MAY 22-23
Ontario breds in the sale:
F ARTIE SCHILLER SHUKRIYA GRAND REWARD ONTARIO A KIM HARRISON (TOP SPEED FARM) AGENT
328 F BADGE OF SILVER DANCING BAY SLIGO BAY (IRE) ONTARIO K HIDDEN BROOK AGENT V
365 C STORMY ATLANTIC ENGAGING PRIVATE ACCOUNT ONTARIO L SWEETBRIAR SALES LLC AGENT FOR DESERT THOROUGHBREDS LLC
366 F DISTORTED HUMOR ENGLAND SWINGS KITTEN’S JOY ONTARIO T WAVERTREE STABLES INC. (CIARAN DUNNE) AGENT VI
429 F MIDNIGHT LUTE HIGH MIST OLMODAVOR ONTARIO J BOBBY DODD AGENT
467 F ORB J T SAFE AT HOME BERNSTEIN ONTARIO K PIKE RACING AGENT