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Preakness winner War of Will likely to run in Belmont

May. 19, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Owner Gary Barber called trainer Mark Casse for the fourth time in 11 hours since War of Will won the Preakness. Only this time, Casse was in the middle of holding court with reporters the morning after his first Triple Crown victory. "All's good and we're going to the Belmont?" Casse said...

Horsing around: Riderless colt races to Preakness finish

May. 18, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Unencumbered by a jockey and suddenly free to run wherever he darn pleased, Bodexpress decided to take a shot at winning the Preakness. Taking one of the most memorable trips in the 149-year history of Pimlico Race Course, Bodexpress followed the leaders without a rider on board and at one...

War of Will wins Preakness featuring riderless running horse

May. 18, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Mark Casse completed a lifelong quest two weeks after the scare of a lifetime. And he did so in a race featuring a riderless horse that threw his jockey out of the gate and kept running. Since he was a child, Casse wanted to win a Triple Crown race, and the well-respected trainer got that...

The Latest: War of Will finishes first in Preakness

May. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the Preakness (all times local): 7:10 p.m. War of Will has won the 144th Preakness. After finishing well out of the money in the Kentucky Derby from the No. 1 post, War of Will charged to victory after again starting from the rail on Saturday. Everfast finished second and...

'Vanilla' Preakness still has intrigue without Derby winner

May. 18, 2019 2:18 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Hall of Fame trainers D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert sit side by side in the corner of the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course sizing up the Preakness. "A lot of speed in there," Baffert says. Lukas responds without missing a beat, "My horse is fast." "There's some nice horses in here,"...

Analysis: Bourbon War Preakness pick in wide-open race

May. 17, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

The last time that the Preakness was run without the Kentucky Derby winner was 1996, when Grindstone was retired because of knee issues. The last time none of the top four Derby finishers went to the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown season was 1951, because none of them were nominated in time. All that...

At Preakness, they're playing 'musical chairs' with jockeys

May. 17, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The jockey shuffle heading into the Preakness has a "musical chairs" feel to it. Of the 13 jockeys in Saturday's race, nine who rode in the Kentucky Derby are aboard a different horse in the Preakness. Most notably, Hall of Famer Mike Smith is now riding favored Improbable with familiar...

Lukas-trained long shot Market King cleared for Preakness

May. 16, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Long shot Market King has been cleared by officials to race in the Preakness on Saturday. Market King had been on the veterinarian's list in Kentucky after being scratched before the Pat Day Mile on the Kentucky Derby undercard on May 4. He was entered in the Preakness on the condition...

Bob Baffert-trained Improbable 5-2 Preakness favorite

May. 15, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — In a field without the top three finishers in the Kentucky Derby, the odds that Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert wouldn't have the favorite in the Preakness are, well, Improbable. Baffert will seek a record-setting eighth Preakness victory Saturday with 5-2 morning line favorite...

Improbable, War of Will among horses to watch in Preakness

May. 15, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Improbable is the early favorite to win the Preakness two weeks after he was favored to win the Kentucky Derby. Most race fans know how that turned out. But Maximum Security, who crossed the finish line first at the Kentucky Derby, isn't at the Preakness. Neither is Country House, who was...