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Alibi Breakfast: A Preakness Tradition

photos and text by Sara Gordon What started as a few trainers sipping coffee on the grandstand steps overlooking Old Hilltop and trading tidbits on who has the better horse, the Alibi Breakfast is a highlight of Preakness week. Held each Thursday before Preakness, the breakfast now showcases excellence in media with various awards being handed out. Oh… and those trainers still get a chance to boast on why their horse is the best of the Preakness field! This year, Jeannine Edwards, who served as senior horse racing reporter for ESPN and ABC for 16 years, providing extensive coverage...

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The Kentucky Oaks Connection

When six-year-old Liz Crow first sat on a pony at the Potomac Horse Center, she never dreamed that 23 years later she would be managing a string of successful stakes horses through BSW Bloodstock. Now 29 and living in Lexington, Kentucky, Liz grew up in Bethesda, MD, showing on the local circuits and foxhunting with her mother Rebecca Byers (former Howard County-Iron Bridge member now also living in Kentucky). “My grandparents took me to the races when I was around 8 and I just loved everything about it,” Liz said. Liz graduated from the University of Louisville Equine Business...

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Live Racing at Pimlico Starts Today!

Today marks the opening of the Preakness meet as live racing returns to Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore. The spring stakes schedule offers 15 stakes races with $3.7 million in purses. Highlighted by the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes (G1), will take place on May 19 with the spring meeting ending Memorial Day, May 28. Preakness Day its self offer eight stakes races, four graded, including the Dixie (G2), Maryland Sprint (G3) and Gallorette. On Black-Eyed Susan Day, May 18, the card holds seven stakes races, four graded; the Pimlico Special (G3),...

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Little Emerges at Top US Rider at Land Rover 4*

At this year’s Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, the leaderboard jumped around after each phase with England’s Oliver Townend taking home the win aboard Cooley Master Class. After jumping double clean on cross-country, the pair moved up to third heading into the final show jump round while previous winners Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST took over the lead from Frederick’s Marilyn Little. Jung added only 0.4 time faults to his dressage score while Little and RF Scandalous ended up with 8 time faults, dropping into sixth. Little jumped double clean in show jumping to move up to third place....

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Senior Senator wins Second Hunt Cup

On the last Saturday in April, nine horses lined up under starters orders at the 122nd running of the Maryland Hunt Cup. With Eric Poretz in the irons, Irvin L. Crawford II’s Senior Senator took an early lead and never gave it up to win his second Hunt Cup in three years. It was trainer Joe Davies’ third Hunt Cup win in a row with Senior Senator winning in 2016 and Derwins Prospector (owned by Gerry L. Brewster) winning in 2017. After getting stuck in traffic in 2017 and falling at the third fence, Poretz kept Senior Senator to...

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Little Leads Land Rover KY 3Day

Maryland’s own Marilyn Little rode RF Scandalous on Friday afternoon to top the dressage phase at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, currently the country’s only CCI 4* event. The pair scored an impressive 24.8, besting previous winners Michael Jung of Germany and Fischerrocana FST, who scored a 27.1. It is rumored that Little’s score is a Kentucky 3Day record! During the afternoon press conference, Little said of her mount, “I was excited to go on Friday afternoon and knew she could handle it well. She was very businesslike, and it was a great ride. She was looking to...

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