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Pimlico Notes - May 19th

Preakness Stakes News & Notes  Nyquist Right on Schedule for Saturday’s Preakness; Exaggerator Taking Desormeaux to Highest Level; Lani Breezes 5F at Belmont Park BALTIMORE –Wednesday was jog day at Pimlico Race Course for Reddam Racing LLC’s Nyquist, who has been on a somewhat unusual training schedule of alternating days of jogging and galloping throughout the Kentucky Derby (G1) winner’s unblemished eight-race career. Video link to Nyquist: “The morning went great. As planned, we jogged him two miles. I sound like a broken record – great energy, he looked great,” said trainer Doug O’Neill, whose stable star jogged two miles in the company of a pony. “We’re just looking for him to continue what he’s been doing since he’s been in Baltimore and just keep his appetite up and stay injury-free and stay loose. I’m very happy.” Video link to Doug O’Neill: Nyquist, who arrived at Pimlico two days... Continue reading
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Mayor Peter Fosselman: A Big Thank-You to Kensington

It has been an honor and true pleasure to serve the Town of Kensington – and to be one of your longest serving Mayors. But after much contemplation and discussion with family, it’s time to step aside. Five terms is a long time. My gratitude to others is nearly endless, but I start by thanking my best friend and partner of 19 years, Duane Rollins. Duane is my backbone and clearly the key confidant in my personal, political and professional roles. Thanks go to our current Council Members and those I’ve served alongside since 2006:  Sean McMullen, Tracey Furman, Darin Bartram, Tom Rodriguez, Paul Sexton, Al Carr, John Thompson, Dave Furman, Dave Beaudet, Sharon Scott, Mary Donatelli and Ken Goldsmith. I owe you deep gratitude for working well as a team to make our community so great; and for your professionalism. Thanks to every past Mayor of this Town; especially Jayne... Continue reading
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Pimlico Notes - May 18th

Preakness Stakes Competing Horse News & NotesNyquist Beats Rain with Strong Early-Morning Gallop; Exaggerator Gallops for Rematch with Nyquist; Gun Runner, Dazzling Gem Officially Out of Preakness BALTIMORE – Kentucky Derby (G1) champion Nyquist galloped a mile at Pimlico Race Course Tuesday, finishing his morning training session with good energy under exercise rider Jonny Garcia. Trainer Doug O’Neill sent the 3-year-old son of Uncle Mo to the fast racetrack shortly after 6 a.m. rather than his usual 8:30 a.m. scheduled time to avoid a looming rainstorm. O’Neill timed Nyquist’s eighth-mile splits from the press box porch as the undefeated colt continued preparations for Saturday’s 141stPreakness Stakes (G1).  “It’s more just for me getting a read on how quick he went. Ideally, he’s just going smooth, comfortable, putting his feet where he wants to put them the last part,” he said. “He looked great today.” In 2012, the O’Neill-trained Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another galloped two strong miles daily in preparation... Continue reading
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Pimlico Notes - May 17, 2016

PREAKNESS NEWS AND NOTES Nyquist Gets Acquainted with Pimlico Paddock, Gate; Desormeauxs Set for Preakness Homecoming; Pletcher Has ‘Utmost Respect’ for Preakness; Gun Runner Breezes Easy Half Mile  BALTIMORE – Reddam Racing LLC’s Nyquist jogged two miles at Pimlico Race Course Monday morning, taking a break between circuits of the racetrack to school in the paddock in preparation for a highly anticipated start in Saturday’s 141st Preakness Stakes (G1). The Kentucky Derby (G1) winner walked nonchalantly in the paddock under exercise rider Jonny Garcia, stopping to stand calmly in a stall during a drama-free schooling session. He subsequently schooled in the starting gate. Video link to Nyquist Monday, May 16: “He was great. He was just a true professional. He walked through the paddock and acted like he’d been there before,” trainer Doug O’Neill said. “He went from the paddock to the gate and got to meet Bruce Wagner and his boys, Kevin (Dzbynski) and Chris (Campitelli), and... Continue reading
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Pimlico Notes - May 16, 2016

Ultimate Girls Day Out Returns to Pimlico on Black-Eyed Susan Day BALTIMORE – In addition to world-class racing led by the 92nd running of the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) for 3-year-old fillies, Pimlico Race Course will once again host the Ultimate Girls Day Out on May 20, an entire day dedicated to the spirit and strength of women. As part of the celebration, there will be multiple events throughout the day to complement a 14-race card that features seven stakes races including the Sagamore Spirit Pimlico Special (G3), Miss Preakness (G3) and Allaire DuPont Distaff (G3). Gates open at 9:30 a.m. with a first-race post time of 11:30 a.m. Sunrise at Old Hilltop will feature 20-minute escorted walking tours of the backstretch from 6-9 a.m., including a visit with the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, who will perform on track during the afternoon. For more information, contact Diana Harbaugh at . A celebrity... Continue reading
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