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  1. Special Reserve took the six-furlong Maryland Sprint Stakes Match Series (G3) in 1:08.91. Earlier in the day Mighty Mischief delivered the fifth win in Pimlico's Chick Lang Stakes (G3) for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen. View the full article
  2. Second in the COVID-19-postponed Dinner Party Stakes (G2T) at Pimlico last fall, Skychai Racing and Sand Dollar Stable's Somelikeithotbrown returned in this year's regularly scheduled 1 1/16-mile, $250,000 turf event May 15 to set a course record. View the full article
  3. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who has been embroiled in controversy this week after the news broke May 9 that his GI Kentucky Derby win with Medina Spirit (Protonico) may be in jeopardy after the horse reportedly tested positive for betamethasone, released a statement via attorney Craig Robertson prior to the GI Preakness S. Baffert did not attend the Preakness and Medina Spirit finished third in the second leg of the Triple Crown behind Rombauer (Twirling Candy). The statement appears below in its entirety: “As Medina Spirit prepares to run in the Preakness Stakes today, I want to keep
  4. Uncorking a rally from midpack, John and Diane Fradkin's Rombauer closed past Kentucky Derby (G1) participants Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit to upset the $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1) May 15 at Pimlico Race Course. View the full article
  5. All the pre-race hype circled around Kentucky Derby victory Medina Spirit (Protonico), but it was Rombauer (c, 3, Twirling Candy–Cashmere, by Cowboy Cal) who stole the show in Saturday's GI Preakness S. at Pimlico. Settled off a legitimate pace set by the race favorite, the 11-1 shot kicked into gear in the stretch, rolling past the Derby winner and Midnight Bourbon (Tiznow) to score by 3 1/2 lengths. Medina Spirit was third. Final time for the 1 3/16 miles test was 1:53.52. Lifetime Record: 7-3-1-1, $890,500. O/B-John and Diane Fradkin; T-Michael McCarthy. The post Rombauer Does it in the P
  6. The Chosen Vron graduated to graded stakes winner when he defeated Juddmonte homebred Laurel River in the $98,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (G3) May 15 at Santa Anita Park. View the full article
  7. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert issued the following statement to NBC Sports in advance of the May 15 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course and later to media outlets, via his attorney, Craig Robertson. View the full article
  8. BYE BYE (f, 3, Into Mischief–Garnet, by Smart Strike) did it toughest of all from her widest gate in a field of 11 for Saturday's GIII Soaring Softly S. at Belmont Park, but overcame a fair bit of ground loss to remain unbeaten in two turf starts while giving her all-conquering sire his second new graded winner on the afternoon. Away alertly, the $140,000 Keeneland September yearling raced five or six off the inside as longshot Lexinator (Fed Biz) set the early pace from 'TDN Rising Star' Star Devine (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}). Eric Cancel allowed Bye Bye to improve while deep around the sweep
  9. Special Reserve took the six-furlong Maryland Sprint Stakes Match Series (G3) in 1:08.91. Earlier in the day Mighty Mischief delivered the fifth win in Pimlico's Chick Lang Stakes (G3) for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen. View the full article
  10. Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Today's Observations features a recent breeze-up sale topper. 3.10 Naas, Cond, €37,500, 2yo, 5fT CADAMOSTO (IRE) (No Nay Never) has been a non-runner on four occasions either side of his impressive winning debut from the re-opposing Silver Surfer (GB) (Caravaggio) over this trip at Dundalk last month, so it is to be hoped that Ballydoy
  11. Nooresh Juglall, the reigning champion jockey in Mauritius who rode successfully in Singapore from 2014-2019, has succumbed to injuries suffered in a heavy fall on opening day of the racing season at the Champ de Mars on the island nation Saturday. He was two months shy of his 30th birthday. South Africa Sporting Post reported that Juglall helped his uncle water the course at Champ de Mars in his teenage years and eventually trained as a work rider and groom for two years. He trained to become a jocket at the SA Jockey Academy near Durban and rode his first winner at Turffontein in South Afri
  12. The four 3-year-olds that immediately followed Medina Sprit across the finish line in the Kentucky Derby (G1)— Mandaloun, Hot Rod Charlie, Essential Quality, and O Besos—were all in action May 15 for workouts. View the full article
  13. Wearing a spiffy yellow tie and stylish black shades, nonagenarian Alex Campbell met his homebred Mean Mary in the winner's circle after the $148,500 Gallorette Stakes (G3T) at Pimlico Race Course. View the full article
  14. Twelve months ago, the thought of Savatoxl contesting a group 1 would have seemed unlikely at best, if not outright absurd. On May 15, the gelding took the Goodwood (G1) at Morphettville Racecourse. View the full article
  15. The odds-on selection making her seasonal debut in Saturday's GIII Gallorette S. at Pimlico, Mean Mary (Scat Daddy) gave her owner and breeder Alex Campbell, Jr. and trainer Graham Motion their second victory in four years in the race, adding to the success of homebred Ultra Brat (Uncle Mo) in bog-like conditions in 2018. The clear speed in the scratched-down field of five, Mean Mary did no work whatsoever to lead a couple of strides away from the gates and was put to sleep up front by her regular partner Luis Saez, covering the opening quarter in :25.27 and the half in :50.92 while chased al
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