New shooters Skippylongstocking and Shake Em Loose scheduled to breeze
Early Voting, owned by Baltimore native Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stables, is scheduled to work this weekend and ship to Pimlico Race Course early next week for a start in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (G1). After Early Voting won the Withers (G3) and finished second by a neck in the Wood Memorial (G2), he was considered for the Kentucky Derby. His connections decided to pass on the Kentucky Derby and aim for the Preakness.
Jeff Drown’s Zandon engaged in a thrilling duel with Epicenter in the stretch of the Derby but ended up third when they were passed by 80-1 Rich Strike inside the sixteenth pole. Brown said that he would watch the Upstart colt train for a few days before deciding whether to enter him in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.
Daniel Alonso’s Skippylongstocking (Exxagerator), who finished third in the Wood Memorial, is scheduled to breeze at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach Country, FL. Friday.
Owner/trainer Rudy Sanchez-Salomon’s Shake Em Loose (Shakin It Up) is scheduled to breeze on turf at Laurel Sunday before it is determined whether the son of Shakin It Up will run in the Preakness or the James W. Murphy, an undercard turf stakes.
Trainer Bonus Returns for Preakness Weekend
For a sixth straight year, the Maryland Jockey Club is offering bonus money totaling $100,000 to trainers who run a minimum of five horses in the 15 Thoroughbred stakes races during Preakness weekend, May 20 and 21, at historic Pimlico Race Course.
Points are accumulated for finishing first (10 points), second (seven), third (five), fourth (three) and having a starter (one) in the 15 Thoroughbred stakes, led by the 147th Preakness Stakes (G1), Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, May 21.
Sunrise at Old Hilltop Tours
Sunrise at Old Hilltop, one of the most popular events leading up to the Preakness Stakes (G1), will be making its return to historic Pimlico Race Course this year.
Admission is free to the Sunrise at Old Hilltop Tours, which run on a first-come, first-served basis between 6 and 9 a.m. from Tuesday, May 17 through Friday, May 20. Patrons can sign up at the registration tent on the track apron.
In addition to watching the sun come up over the second-oldest Thoroughbred racetrack in the country, opened in 1870, the tours offer a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes at one of the world’s biggest sporting events. Fans will watch horses work out on the track before getting a chance to see them up close, meet and greet horsemen and learn some of the history behind the Preakness. Click to make your reservations.
1/ST EXPERIENCE, curators of world-class entertainment and hometown hospitality for Preakness 147, announces a collaboration with Baltimore’s own Kevin Liles, CEO and Chairman of 300 Entertainment and Elektra Music Group, to launch Preakness LIVE Culinary, Art & Music Festival as part of an expanded Preakness entertainment and cultural celebration set to take place on Black-Eyed Susan Day, Friday, May 20. The festival is just one part of 1/ST’s new long-term campaign, Baltimore 1/ST, kicking off this year. Click for tickets.
Maryland Jockey Club Press Release