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Baffert returns to Pimlico with National Treasure in Preakness
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was back at Pimlico Race Course for the first time since he finished second in the 2020 Covid-delayed Preakness with Kentucky Derby winner Authentic, the future Breeders' Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year. With National Treasure, Baffert will try for a record-breaking eighth Preakness. Five of his seven winners have been with Derby winners (Silver Charm, Real Quiet, War Emblem, American Pharoah and Justify) and the other two were with beaten Derby favorites (Point Given, Lookin At Lucky).
Trainer Shug McGaughey seeks first Preakness with Perform
Trainer Shug McGaughey has come to the Preakness Stakes with a truly great horse in Easy Goer, losing by a whisker to Derby winner Sunday Silence in 1989. He also came to the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown with a Kentucky Derby winner in Orb, who finished fourth in 2013. Now Shug will try to win the Preakness with Perform, winner of the non-graded Federico Tesio. We talk with Shug about how racing has changed - and he also talks about Mage, whom he liked to win the Kentucky Derby.
Brad Cox on Godolphin's Preakness contender First Mission
We catch up with Brad Cox at Keeneland to get an update on Godolphin's homebred First Mission, winner of Keeneland's Stonestreet Lexington in his third career start and attempting to become the Preakness winner his fourth. Video starts out with b-roll of First Mission training Thursday morning at Pimlico Race Course.
Derby winner Mage shows part-owner Chase Chamberlin what surreal really is!
Chase Chamberlin, now living in the Metro Cincinnati area, four years ago co-founded with fellow Western Michigan University graduate Brian Doxtator, CMNWLTH (pronounced Commonwealth), which sells micro-shares in race horses, golfers and tennis players. On May 6, they and their 382 investors in the 3-year-old Mage reached the pinnacle when the Good Magic colt captured the Kentucky Derby. Now it's on to the Preakness Stakes. We caught up with Chase Friday May 12 when he was at Churchill Downs to watch Mage train, after which the final decision on the Preakness was made. CMNWLTH owns 25 percent of Mage, as do the father-son training team of Gustavo Delgado Sr. and Jr., blood-stock agent Ramiro Restrepo and Sterling Racing's Sam Herzberg.
Gustavo Delgado Jr. on Mage going to Preakness (includes training video)
Gustavo Delgado Jr., son of and assistant to trainer Gustavo Delgado Sr., talks about the reason behind waiting to make a firm commitment to running Kentucky Derby winner Mage in the Preakness Stakes May 20 at Pimlico Race Course. He talks about how Mage is doing and his reason for optimism in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.
It's official! Mage owners Chase Chamberlin, Ramiro Restrepo on Derby winner Mage going in Preakness
Kentucky Derby winner Mage's team did not commit to running in the May 20 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico until Friday morning. Chase Chamberlin (left) and Ramiro Restrepo, two of Mage's owners who were on hand at Churchill Downs to watch the Derby winner trainer, gave the news to the media on hand after getting the go-ahead from trainer Gustavo Delgado Sr. Chamberlin and Restrepo share their joy but also explain why the delay.
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