141st Preakness Stakes Notes - May 13, 2016

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Historic Pimlico Race Course Opens Preakness Meet

BALTIMORE – On an overcast Thursday afternoon, historic Pimlico Race Course kicked off its spring Preakness Meet at Pimlico amid ongoing optimism for the future of Maryland racing.

The 28-day Preakness Meet at Pimlico runs Thursdays to Sundays through June 26, highlighted by the 141st running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, May 21, and the 92nd running of the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) May 20.

“We’re excited about this year’s Preakness Meet at Pimlico,” said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. “We’re going to build on the momentum generated by our record-breaking meet at Laurel Park. We’re also anticipating a spectacular meeting highlighted by the 141st Preakness Stakes (G1) and 92nd Black-Eyed Susan (G2).”

D A S L Stable’s Colonel Sharp, favored at 1-2 off a 13-length maiden victory April 22 at Penn National, dueled with stubborn Zen Papa down the stretch before edging away for a head victory in Thursday’s featured eighth race, a $42,000 optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds.

Trained by Todd Beattie and ridden by William Otero, Colonel Sharp ($3) ran six furlongs in 1:11.09 over a main track rated good following overnight rain.

There was no unique winner of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 on Thursday, leaving a carryover jackpot of $2,965.84 for Friday’s nine-race program. Multiple tickets were sold with all six winners Thursday, each returning $459.24.

Friday’s Rainbow 6 sequence covers Races 4-9. First race post time is 1:10 p.m.

Note: Trainer Claudio Gonzalez and jockey Kevin Gomez teamed up for a pair of wins on opening day, with Royal Caviar ($13.40) in the fourth race and Willful Limit ($) in the ninth.

 

About Pimlico Race Course

Historic Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel in horse racing's famed Triple Crown, first opened its doors on October 25, 1870, and is the second oldest racetrack in the United States. Pimlico has played host to racing icons and Baltimoreans have seen the likes of legendary horses such as Man o’ War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Affirmed and Cigar thunder down the stretch in thrilling and memorable competition. For more information on Pimlico, visit www.pimlico.com

Pimlico Race Course is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry. For more information contact David Joseph at  or call 954.457.6451

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