What to expect, weather-wise, at Preakness 2016
Heavy rain is in the forecast Saturday. Here's what to expect if you are heading to the 141st Preakness Stakes, or were otherwise hoping to spend some time outside this weekend:
Go Maggie Go didn't garner much of the hype going into the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, but Dale Romans knew the 3-year-old filly was worthy.
She proved him correct, starting fast and leading from the final stretch in Friday's marquee race at Pimlico Race Course.
After Go Maggie Go's slow start resulted in a fourth-place finish at Kentucky Oaks on May 6, Romans wanted her to break well from the gate Friday, and that she did. On just two weeks' rest, she won the 1 1/8-mile race by 2 ½ lengths in just her fifth career start.
"This is a different filly," Romans said. "I knew she was special. I knew she could handle it. She's just a big, massive filly that needs some run. She got a late start in life. The more racing, the better. She's one who'll let you do things wrong, and she'll make 'em right."
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Donning an Orioles collar, Nova, a Department of Homeland Security explosives detection dog, roamed the betting area.
The 8-year-old black labrador specializes in personnel-borne explosives, following people to pick up any scent that could indicate a bomb.
This year is Nova's fourth and final Preakness before he retires from a seven-year career, according to his partner, Lou, a law-enforcement agent who declined to give his last name.
"He's getting promoted to couch potato," Lou said.
-- Colin Campbell
Here's P, who didn't want to divulge his age, his full name, or his betting strategy at the 2016 Preakness. But he did want to talk. Sipping a beer and boasting of a jealous Italian wife back at home, he held a scratched up paper with his bets placed on top of a newspaper.
Gesturing to the board he said, "I don't trust nobody and I still think that some jockeys help other jockeys."
In such an instance strategy is necessary. He says its won him big just last week. But "At my age I don't go to the races much anymore...."
-- Christina Tkacik
Race 6: James Murphy Stakes
Marengo Road led by a comfortable margin for most of the final stretch before holding off Aquaphobia by 1 ¼ lengths.
Trained by Michael Trombetta and ridden by Julian Pimentel, Marengo Road was a 15-1 long shot. Aquaphobia is owned by Lael Stables, which also owned Pramedya, the second horse to die after a race earlier in the day.
Mark Casse saddled the third-place horse, Conquest Windycity, in addition to Fellowship in the Preakness.
Race 8: The Very One Stakes
From the outside No. 12 position, Lady Shipman started off the pace and came from behind to win over Joya Real and Exaggerated. The winning trainer and jockey were Kiaran McLaughlin and Joel Rosario, respectively.
Trainer Dale Romans, whose Go Maggie Go won the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes on Friday at Pimlico Race Course, saddled his first of three horses, ending with Cherry Wine in the Preakness.
Morgan Kelley, 15, rides horses, so her family decided to attend the Preakness this year.
They have dry seats inside, but made it out to the infield because Morgan likes All Time Low.
It's the only time they'll be venturing out of their seats, said Morgan's mom, Bethany Kelley, 45.
Morgan has been listening to the band for about four years, she said. Her favorite song is "Wait List."
Race 9: Chick Lang Stakes
Bob Baffert saddled Justin Squared to a victory out of the No. 1 position as a 4-5 favorite. Baffert also won the 2015 Preakness with American Pharoah on the way to the Triple Crown.
Zayat Stables owns both horses also. Martin Pedroza rode Justin Squared, who led almost wire to wire and beat Counterforce—saddled by Steve Asmussen—by two lengths.
It's Kenneth Zimmerman's fourth year selling Black-Eyed Susans at the Preakness.
The 48-year-old Bowie native does the job with his son, he said. He was a fan of horse racing before working at the Preakness; he'll also work at the Belmont Stakes this year, he said.
"I like interacting with the people and it's a good atmosphere," he said of the Preakness. "And I love making money." -- Quinn Kelley