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The Preakness Stakes & the “lost” New York years

The Preakness is Maryland’s race: it’s “Maryland, My Maryland” and black-eyed Susans and blue crabs. It’s so important to the state that when financial difficulties threatened racing in Maryland,the governor stepped in to make sure that the Preakness would stay in Baltimore. But 125 years ago, when financial woes imperiled the racing industry in Maryland,…

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“Why has this happened?” Baltimore, more than the Preakness

Now is usually when they start. The comments about going to the Preakness, the inevitable warnings about the “bad” neighborhood, the perpetuation of the image of Baltimore as a lawless, terrifying abyss of crime. This year those comments started a little earlier, the warnings a little more urgent, given the unrest in Baltimore following the…

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Who do you like? Betting Kentucky Derby 141

Our crack handicappers took aim at the Oaks in this post yesterday, and today they set their sights on the Derby. Do they think the much-hyped American Pharoah can pull it off? Will he have to fend off stablemate Dortmund? Can one of the three New York-breds become the first horse from the Empire State…

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Brian’s Derby Analysis: Kentucky Derby 141

Churchill Downs: The Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby at 1 ¼ miles #1 Ocho Ocho Ocho (50-1): Decided longshot was up against it even before they drew post positions and then was essentially eliminated when he drew the dreaded rail, which would have compromised even the best’s chances. Son of Derby winner Street Sense…

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I’m a Chatterbox Speaks to Small Breeder Success

On Tuesday afternoon after the draw for the Kentucky Oaks, Carolyn Gray was enjoying a rare afternoon off. Warm and sunny weather in Louisville invited al fresco dining, an invitation that Gray accepted, eating lunch and having a beer at an outdoor patio, followed by a trip for ice cream. “I can’t remember,” she said,…