Category: Preakness Stakes

2019 Preakness Stakes Preview

For the first time since Grindstone in 1996, the Kentucky Derby winner won’t be in the Preakness, since Country House bowed out a few days after the Derby.  Even so, this Saturday’s Preakness is a race worth getting excited about.  It drew a field of 13, with a fascinating mix of Derby horses hoping to... Read more »

2019 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Preview

This week, horse racing shifts its attention to Old Hilltop.  We, as well, will turn our focus there: this piece will examine Friday’s feature, the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) for three-year-old fillies.  In a separate piece, we take a horse-by-horse look at Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. The Black-Eyed Susan began its life in 1919 as a... Read more »

2018 Preakness Stakes Preview and Saturday Stakes Selections

Saturday’s card at Pimlico features the Preakness Stakes: the second jewel of the Triple Crown.  JUSTIFY, dominant winner of the Kentucky Derby, heads east to see if he can maintain his undefeated record.  GOOD MAGIC, his closest pursuer in Louisville, joins six others in trying to topple trainer Bob Baffert’s latest juggernaut. The day’s card... Read more »
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2018 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Preview and Friday Pimlico Stakes Selections

The three-year-old scene got a bit of a breather last week, as the biggest race on that segment of the calendar was the Peter Pan (G3), where Blended Citizen finally put the dirt route potential on his pedigree page into action, kicking home and putting his name into the Belmont (G1) discussion. But, with the... Read more »

2017 Preakness Preview and Saturday Stakes Selections

This week, the eyes of horse racing turn to Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes.  ALWAYS DREAMING dominated the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago.  Nine others passed the entry box with hopes of toppling his Triple Crown hopes. Can any of them do it? Here, Nicolle Neulist (NN) and Paul Mazur (PM) discuss each horse in the... Read more »

2017 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Preview, and Friday Pimlico Stakes Selections

The Triple Crown season continues this weekend with the Preakness on Saturday, but Pimlico’s top-shelf stakes action starts up on Friday.  The day’s feature, which Picks and Ponderings previews in detail, is the Black-Eyed Susan: a Grade 2 affair, and the first major dirt route for sophomore fillies after the Kentucky Oaks (G1). The Black-Eyed Susan... Read more »
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2016 Dixie Stakes Preview and Saturday Stakes Selections

The spotlight shines on Pimlico this weekend, and Picks and Ponderings is there.  Saturday’s card is, of course, anchored by the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes.  We have a full horse-by-horse preview of that race, in point/counterpoint style.  Here, we preview that day’s Dixie Stakes (GII) for older grass horses, as... Read more »

2016 Preakness Stakes Preview

The Preakness Stakes.  The Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.  Contested once again at Pimlico, it’s the centerpiece of this week’s coverage. Pimlico plays host to the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, and the Picks and Ponderings team has analysis of Friday’s stakes, headlined by the G2 Black-Eyed Susan, Saturday stakes selections for Pimlico including full... Read more »

2015 Dixie Stakes Preview and Preakness Undercard Selections

Saturday’s Preakness undercard is laden with stakes, but none of them (up to and including the feature) drew as contentious a field as the Grade II, $300,000 Dixie Stakes.  The race drew an overflow field of fourteen middle-distance grass runners, plus two on the also-eligible list. This year marks the 114th running of the Dixie... Read more »
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2015 Preakness Point/Counterpoint

Picks and Ponderings turned its attention to Pimlico Race Course for Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan Day card, and keeps its eyes turned eastward for Preakness Day. Will AMERICAN PHAROAH continue his sojourn toward Triple Crown glory?  Will his stablemate DORTMUND turn the tables?  Will someone else spoil Bob Baffert’s party altogether?  To answer that question here,... Read more »