Racing

Congratulations to Revolutionary, jockey Mike Smith, trainer Todd Pletcher and owner WinStar Farms.

The Pimlico Special used to be just that – special. Few American races for older horses can boast such an entertaining history. The Seabiscuit-War Admiral match race. The Citation walkover. The showdown between older champ Stymie and Triple Crown winner Assault. Ancient history, granted, played out in black and white, all grainy, with the men wearing hats and smoking Chesterfields. Then came living color, and the Special glowed, helping make the case for Horse of the Year when it was won by Criminal Type, Cigar, Skip Away, Mineshaft, and Invasor. 

In 2014, WinStar Farm’s Revolutionary launched an extended and thrilling rally to register a narrow victory in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) with jockey Mike Smith. Click here to watch the race on YouTube.

Pimlico Special results

Congratulations to 2014 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes winner Stopchargingmaria, jockey Javier Castellano, trainer Todd Pletcher, and owners Repole Stable.

One of Pimlico's oldest stakes races, the Black-Eyed Susan was first run at Pimlico in 1919 as the Pimlico Oaks. The name was changed in 1952 to complement the Preakness and to acknowledge the Maryland state flower. The mile and one-eighth test, for three-year-old fillies is traditionally run the Friday before the Preakness. The race was first graded in 1973 and has been a Grade II event since 1976. The Black-Eyed Susan has long been recognized as the middle jewel of the traditional filly Triple Crown, which also includes the Kentucky Oaks Stakes (at Churchill Downs) and the Acorn Stakes (at Belmont Park). Only three fillies: Wistful (1949), Real Delight (1952), and Davona Dale (1979), all owned and bred by the illustrious Calumet Farm, have ever accomplished this feat. 

It was a thrilling 90th running of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes - GII as Stopchargingmaria with jockey Javier Castellano took the overland route and narrowly won. Click here to watch the 2014 race excitement on YouTube. 

Black-Eyed Susan results

2014 Lady Legends from left to right:
Barbara Jo Rubin, Jennifer Rowland-Small, Kaymarie Kreidel, Sharon Gunther, Tami Purcell-Burkland, Andrea Seefeldt Knight, Abby Fuller, Stacie Clark-Rodgers, Cheryl White, Patti ‘PJ’ Cooksey

 

Congratulations to Andrea Seefeldt Knight for her win aboard Zuerstgold.  Read the news article here.

Linsey Toole - 2014 Ms Racing Queen sharing her sash with Mike Smith. Left to Right jockeys John Velazques, Alex Solis, Mike Smith , Edgar Prado, Kent Desormeauzx, Calvin Borel Russell Baze.

 

 

Congratulations to John Velazquez on winning the 2014 Xpressbet Hall Of Fame Jockey Challenge. 

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