Racing News

Beverly Strauss Named Honorary Postmaster for Preakness 149

To be Recognized Thursday, May 16 During Legendary Alibi Breakfast

LAUREL, MD – Beverly Strauss, co-founder and executive director of Chesapeake City, Md.-based MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, has been named Honorary Postmaster for Preakness 149.

A licensed Thoroughbred trainer with more than 50 years of experience around horses, Strauss will be recognized during the Alibi Breakfast Thursday, May 16 at historic Pimlico Race Course.

McPeek More ‘Encouraged’ Mystik Dan Could Run in Preakness

Lukas to Double Up in Preakness with Just Steel and Seize the Grey

LAUREL, MD – While saying that a decision might not be made until entries are taken for the 149th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) May 13, trainer Kenny McPeek sounded more optimistic Monday that his Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Mystik Dan could run back in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown May 18 at Pimlico Race Course.

Apprentice J.G. Torrealba Earns First Career Riding Title


Kieron Magee Repeats as Laurel’s Spring Meet Leading Trainer
Live Racing Shifts Thursday to Pimlico for Preakness Meet

LAUREL, MD – Veteran trainer Kieron Magee defended his crown while five-pound apprentice J.G. Torrealba, riding in his first full meet in Maryland, won twice on Sunday’s closing day card to capture his first career riding title Sunday at Laurel Park.

Kentucky Derby Hero Mystik Dan Will Decide His Preakness Future

Baffert Confirms Muth, Imagination for Triple Crown’s Middle Jewel
Lukas ‘Strongly’ Considering Seize the Gray for Preakness
Brown Will Look at the Preakness for Tuscan Gold

LAUREL, MD – Trainer Kenny McPeek said Sunday morning that the ultimate decision on running Mystik Dan in the 149th Preakness Stakes (G1) May 18 at Pimlico Race Course depends on the newly crowned Kentucky Derby (G1) winner.

Preakness Weekend Offers Horsemen Bonuses and Qualifiers

$5 Million Preakness, California Crown, Pegasus Bonus
$2.5 Million Dinner Party, John Henry, Pegasus Turf Bonus
Qualifiers for Newmarket & Deauville, Trainer Bonuses
15 Stakes, 8 Graded, Worth $4.3 Million
Free Nominations Close Tuesday, May 7

$100,000 Trainer Bonus Returns for Preakness Weekend Stakes

Total of 16 Stakes, Nine Graded, Worth $4.4 Million May 17 & 18
149th Preakness (G1) May 18, 100th Black-Eyed Susan (G2) May 17
Preakness Weekend Stakes Nominations Close Tuesday, May 7

LAUREL, MD – For an eighth straight year, the Maryland Jockey Club is offering bonus money totaling $100,000 to trainers who run a minimum of five horses in the 15 Thoroughbred stakes races during Preakness weekend, May 17 and 18, at historic Pimlico Race Course.

Champion Jockey Wes Hamilton Back Home in Maryland

25YO Won Eclipse Award as Country’s Top Apprentice in 2018
First 2YO Races, Kentucky Derby Party Highlight Closing Weekend

LAUREL, MD – Six years after gaining national attention as an Eclipse Award-winning apprentice, jockey Weston Hamilton is back in Maryland to begin the latest chapter of his riding career.

DRF’s Illman to Receive Old Hilltop Award at Pimlico

To Be Recognized at Alibi Breakfast Thursday, May 16

LAUREL, MD – Dan Illman, longtime handicapper and writer for the Daily Racing Form (DRF) and executive producer for DRF’s video productions, has been named recipient of the 2024 Old Hilltop Award for covering Thoroughbred racing with excellence and distinction.

Jockey Jevian Toledo Sidelined with Collarbone Injury

Meet Leading Rider, Apprentice J.G. Torrealba Returns Friday

LAUREL, MD – Champion jockey Jevian Toledo is expected to be out of action until late June after having minor surgery to repair his collarbone, while spring meet leading rider J.G. Torrealba will return to action Friday, five days after they were involved in a spill at Laurel Park.

Muth Favored Over Fierceness and Sierra Leone in Preakness Future Wager

Final Preakness Pool Opens April 26 and Runs to May 4 at 6 P.M.

LAUREL, MD – Kentucky Derby (G1) favorites Fierceness and Sierra Leone will open as the second and third choices respectively in the Preakness Future Wager when the final pool opens Friday, April 26.