Brian’s Triple Crown Trail: The Preakness Stakes

Brian Nadeau is back this year to offer insight and analysis on this year’s road to the Kentucky Derby. A handicapper at Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB, he analyzed every official Derby points race and will preview the three Triple Crown races, back at Brooklyn Backstretch for the sixth year. Pimlico: The Grade I, $1.5 million…

Nyquist Ready To Repeat Derby Success

The weather forecast for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes may be dismal, but the outlook for Nyquist to become the fourth horse in five years to nab the first two legs of the Triple Crown is much more auspicious. Impressive on the track Thursday morning in a brisk gallop, the Kentucky Derby winner has given every indication…

Brian Nadeau’s Preakness Analysis

  by Brian Nadeau of Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB TV.  Pimlico: The GI, $1.5 million Preakness at 1 ¼ miles #1 Cherry Wine (20-1): Deep closer used the race flow to muck up for third in the GI Blue Grass at Keeneland and will need an epic pace meltdown to have any kind of chance in the second…

Brian’s Triple Crown Analysis 2015: The Preakness

Pimlico: The Grade I, $1.5 million Preakness at 1 3/16 miles #1 American Pharoah (4-5): Kentucky Derby hero parlayed a perfect post and dream trip to glory when he pulled away from Firing Line in deep stretch, but will be afforded no such luxuries Saturday from what is nothing short of a very treacherous draw.…

“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…

Beyond Pink: Black-Eyed Susan Day Aims To Empower Women

When it comes to marketing to women, racetracks generally rely on a familiar formula: raise money for breast cancer, promote wearing pink, emphasize fashion, and act like you’re at a garden party instead of a horse race. Black-Eyed Susan Day this Friday at Pimlico hits a lot of those notes, but it doesn’t stop there,…

The Preakness and 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 124 years ago, when financial woes imperiled the racing industry in Maryland, nothing…