America's Best Racing takes you behind the scenes leading up to the 137th edition of the Preakness Stakes (G1), giving you an insider's view with a non-stop series of must-see stories direct from Pimlico Race Course as well as nearby Fair Hill Training Center and in-depth analysis of the second jewel of the Triple Crown from our award-winning panel of bloggers. We'll take you from the backstretch to the track, get up close and personal with the horses, meet their key connections, and provide expert analysis. Everything you'll need to know to get ready for the big race.
America’s Best Racing Exclusive: Unforgettable Moment
Watch the 137th edition of the Preakness Stakes (G1) along with winning trainer Doug O’Neill and witness history first-hand as I’ll Have Another outfinishes game rival Bodemeister to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive.
Winning Team: Comments from Preakness-Winning Connections
Winning trainer Doug O'Neill, jockey Mario Gutierrez, and owner J. Paul Reddam relive I'll Have Another's thrilling Preakness Stakes (G1) victory.
Preakness Infield: Ultimate Party
Check out sights and sounds from the 137th edition of the Preakness Stakes (G1), courtesy of America's Best Racing, including infield parties, live music and much more. Enjoy a close-up glimpse of the infield at Pimlico Race Course on its biggest day of the year.
The Race is On: Selection Time
America’s Best Racing’s Preakness Insider takes you around the track on Preakness day at Pimlico Race Course for a flurry of selections for the big race.
More Than a Click: Perfect Shot
Sports Illustrated photographer Bill Frakes explains the detailed process involved with trying to capture the perfect image at a major race.
View From the Top: Collmus’ call
NBC racecaller Larry Collmus takes viewers outside to the spot where he will call the 137th edition of the Preakness Stakes.
Final Preparations: Staying relaxed
Trainers Mike Harrington and D. Wayne Lukas talk about the final preparations on the day of the Preakness Stakes (G1). Harrington trains Preakness contender Creative Cause and Lukas trains Optimizer, who is bidding to become the Racing Hall of Famer’s sixth Preakness winner.
Kristufek-Plonk: Picking Winners
America’s Best Racing handicapping gurus Joe Kristufek and Jeremy Plonk explain the basics of the art of picking winners at the racetrack to the infield crowd at the Preakness Stakes (G1).
Gary Stevens: Preakness Analysis
Racing Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens takes an in-depth look at the 137th edition of the Preakness Stakes (G1) and analyzes how he thinks the race might shape up.
O’Neill Brothers: Savoring the Moment
Trainer Doug O’Neill and his brother, Dennis, talk about the experience of winning the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) with I’ll Have Another, and the Derby-winning trainer explains how he sees the Preakness Stakes (G1) shaping up.
Bode and Bode: Ready for Preakness
Racing Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and his son Bode, namesake of Kentucky Derby runner-up Bodemeister, watch the Empire Maker colt’s morning exercise in preparation for Saturday’s middle jewel of the Triple Crown.
Living Legend: Lukas Shoots for Six
Female Jockey Challenge: Comin’ Up Roses
Kentucky Oaks (G1)-winning jockey Rosie Napravnik won the 2012 Female Jockey Challenge at Pimlico Race Course on Friday. See what she had to say after her victory.
Mario Gutierrez: Ready For Round Two?
Jockey Mario Gutierrez, who guided I’ll Have Another to victory in the Kentucky Derby in his first start in a U.S. Triple Crown race, is gearing up for the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Gutierrez won with both of his starters on Thursday at Pimlico in a test run at the Baltimore track. He guided My Name is Ralphie to a victory from off the pace in the second race (shown in video) and rode Ten Pluch to a front-running win in the eighth race.
Fair Hill: Best Kept Secret
Veterinarian Kathleen Anderson and trainer Michael Matz discuss the benefits of training racehorses at Fair Hill Training Center. The picturesque grounds at the Elkton, Maryland, facility provide an ideal setting for a racehorse to develop and flourish. Situated on 350 acres in Cecil County, Fair Hill boasts dirt, synthetic, and turf tracks as well as miles of trails, on-site veterinary care, and state-of-the-art equipment.
Fair Hill: All of the Amenities
Dr. Bruce Jackson explains the benefits of Fair Hill’s cold salt spa in this segment.
Went the Day Well: Target Preakness
Fair Hill, Maryland-based trainer Graham Motion talks about Kentucky Derby fourth-place finisher Went the Day Well, Motion’s contender for the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, before his short trip to Baltimore on Wednesday.
By Ellis Starr – National Racing Analyst for Equibase
The 137th running of the $1-million Preakness Stakes (G1) consists of a field of 11 three-year-olds, seven of which return on two weeks rest, six of those after competing in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). Of that quintet, Derby winner I'll Have Another and runner-up Bodemeister are the two who will capture the bulk of the attention by the public.
Click here or the headline to read Ellis Starr's Preakness analysis.
Two weeks after the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) saw a collision course of horses entering off Grade 1 success, the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) for three-year-olds over 1 3/16 miles at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, offers little in the form of logical options outside of I'll Have Another and Bodemeister.
Click here or the headline to read Marc Doche's analysis of the Preakness.
The Preakness Stakes (G1), on one level, seems a simple enough race to analyze.
There’s a school of thought—which is quite fashionable as reflected in the morning-line odds—which points out how Bodemeister set a blistering pace in the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) and led until inside the final furlong. Therefore, in the Preakness, which is a sixteenth of a mile shorter, he should be able to show his heels to the field the entire way.
It’s an easy game, eh?
Well, as much as that just might happen on Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course, predicting how a race will unfold, not to mention end, can often humble the most astute of observers, and the Preakness surely looms as one of those races where “simple” quickly gives way to complex.
Click here or the headline to read Bob Ehalt's blog on the "race within a race."