Dan Collins explains what goes into handicapping a horse race

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What a view!

The great view from WBAL-TV Preakness set of the first turn on the racetrack at Pimlico Race Course in northwest Baltimore.

PHOTO: WBAL-TVJordan Wertlieb

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Pimlico Special

First Captain wins the Pimlico Special ridden by Luis Saez.

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The Very One

Joanne Shankle’s Can the Queen, based down the road at Laurel Park, went all the way on the lead and held off favored Honey Pants late to spring a 1 1/2-length upset over the New York shipper in Friday’s $100,000 The Very One at Historic Pimlico Race Course.

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Hilltop Stakes

Pizza Bianca, owned by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, trained by Christophe Clement Racing Stable and ridden by Jose Ortiz, wins the Hilltop Stakes Presented on Black-Eyed Susan Day.

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Miss Preakness Stakes

Lady Scarlet, trained by Mike Maker and ridden by Irad Ortiz, wins the Miss Preakness Stakes on Black-Eyed Susan Day.

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Super Quick blazes to near record $150K Allaire du Pont win on Black-Eyed Susan Day

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Black-Eyed Susan Day

PHOTO: WBAL-TVJacob Sexton

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Braziya, 6, is really excited for Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico Race Course. She’s the best dressed for sure!!!

PHOTO: WBAL-TVRachel Duncan

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Simplification’s owner living American dream

Very few owners of Triple Crown series-caliber runners have the skills and experience that Tami Bobo possesses. The owner of Simplification has been working with horses for about 30 years — Arabians, Quarter Horses and now Thoroughbreds — and learned the business from the ground up.

Through those decades, she has climbed from young groom to successful professional horse trader to the co-owner of a horse that was fourth in the Kentucky Derby and now is a legit contender in the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course.

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Skippylongstocking

PHOTO: Maryland Jockey ClubJon Kral

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Secret Oath

PHOTO: Maryland Jockey ClubJon Kral

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Good morning!

Pimlico morning workout on racetrack

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Preakness favorite Epicenter walks by Secret Oath’s trainer, D. Wayne Lukas

PHOTO: Maryland Jockey ClubJon Kral

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Early Voting during morning workouts on the racetrack

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Armagnac during morning workouts on the racetrack

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Skippylongstocking during morning workouts on the racetrack

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Simplification during morning workouts on the racetrack

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Secret Oath during morning workouts on the racetrack

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Happy Jack during morning workouts on the racetrack

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Fenwick during morning workouts on the racetrack

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Creative Minister during morning workouts on the racetrack

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Sun returns to racetrack

The sun returned Thursday to Pimlico Race Course following overnight rain. It’s going to be hot and humid through the Preakness Stakes. – Meteorologist Taylor Grenda

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Horse trainer survives two kidnappings to fulfill American Dream at Preakness

All people face adversity in life, but for Antonio Sano’s journey to the 147th Preakness, there was enough adversity for 10 lifetimes. (story)

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Simplification works out on the racetrack

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Preakness favorite Epicenter arrives at Pimlico

Saturday’s Preakness Stakes favorite Epicenter arrived at Pimlico Race Course shortly after 2 pm Tuesday following his 10 1/2-hour van ride from Louisville, Kentucky.

Scott Blasi, who oversees Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen’s Churchill Downs division, was on hand to meet the van and unload Epicenter.

Epicenter, and his stablemates for other Preakness Weekend stakes, arrived about 10 minutes after the Chad Brown-trained Preakness contender Early Voting, the Wood Memorial runner-up.

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Early Voting is the 7-2 second choice in the field of nine

The Chad Brown-trained Preakness contender Early Voting, the Wood Memorial runner-up, arrived Tuesday at Pimlico Race Course ahead of the Preakness Stakes.

Early Voting is the 7-2 second choice in the field of nine.

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Sunrise Tours return to Pimlico for first time in two years due to COVID-19

People are getting a behind-the-scenes look at Pimlico Race Course in the days leading up to the 147th Preakness Stakes. (story)

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The Woodlawn Vase: Sport’s most unique trophy

The Woodlawn Vase, presented to the winners of the legendary Preakness Stakes, has long been considered one of the most intricate, unique and expensive trophies in all of sport.

Designed in 1860 by Tiffany & Co. for the Woodlawn Racing Association in Louisville, Kentucky, the vase has a colorful history and is an incredible work of silversmithing.

John Scheinman recently traveled to the Baltimore Museum of Art, where the Woodlawn Vase is displayed and housed for the Maryland Jockey Club. Scheinman got an up-close view of the vase from Brittany Luberda, assistant curator, decorative art, and spoke to Jim Stieff of Stieff Silver, the maker of the replica trophies given to the Preakness winners.

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Simplification ‘good and healthy’ for Preakness run

Maryland Jockey Club: Tami Bobo and Tristan De Meric’s Simplification galloped 1 1/2 miles Tuesday morning in preparation for the 147th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

“He had an easy gallop and then, the last three-eighths (of a mile) an open gallop,” trainer Antonio Sano said.

Simplification, who was rated fourth at 6-1 in the Preakness morning-line after drawing Post No. 1 at Monday’s post-position draw, finished fourth in the May 7 Kentucky Derby, in which he closed from 15th to fourth while racing very wide.

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Skippylongstocking gets acquainted with Pimlico

On the morning after arriving in Baltimore by van from Florida Monday, Daniel Alonso’s Skippylongstocking got acquainted with the Pimlico Race Course racetrack over which he is scheduled to run in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.

“He jogged a mile,” trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. said. “Tomorrow, he’ll gallop, and he’ll gallop up to the race.”

Skippylongstocking, who was rated at 20-1 in the morning line after drawing Post No. 9 for the Preakness, has been a bit of a pleasant surprise with his late development.

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Preakness legend hopes to continue luck with filly Secret Oath

Secret Oath has eyes on matching Rachel Alexandra and Swiss Skydiver as filly Preakness winners, and she has a Hall of Fame trainer prepping her for Saturday.

At the end of the Stakes Barn, the Captain of the Old Guard, D. Wayne Lukas remains here, as ever. A six-time Preakness champion, Lukas again holds court in Baltimore.

Through all the changes in Triple Crown racing, he remains a constant. His first winner was in 1980 with Codex and he returns to Pimlico every chance he gets. (story)

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Epicenter

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Horse at Sunrise Tour

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Simplification has a snack at Pimlico Race Course

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Preakness Preps

Planting flowers at Pimlico Race Course

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Home of the Preakness

Pimlico Race Course

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Post positions drawn

The field was set Monday afternoon for the 2022 Preakness Stakes.

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Ever wonder what happens to racehorses when they can no longer perform on the track? They go here, an Elkton facility that finds the horses new homes and a new purpose.

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Good morning!

Sunrise at Pimlico Race Course on Monday.

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Simplification goes for workout

Simplification goes out for a morning workout on Monday.

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Simplification arrives

Simplification, which finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby, arrived around 5 am on May 10 in Baltimore after a 600-mile van ride from Louisville, Kentucky. He’s in stall 26 at stakes barn.

PHOTO: WBALScott Wykoff

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