BC-Kentucky Sports Digest
Here’s a look at how AP’s sports coverage is shaping up in Kentucky. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Louisville bureau at (502) 583-7718 or aplouisville(at)ap.org. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. All times are Eastern.
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BALTIMORE _ Hall of Fame trainers D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert sit side by side in the corner of the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course sizing up the Preakness. “A lot of speed in there,” Baffert says. Lukas responds without missing a beat, “My horse is fast.” By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 950 words, photos.
UNDATED _ The last time that the Preakness was run without the Kentucky Derby winner was 1996, when Grindstone was retired because of knee issues. The last time none of the top four Derby finishers went to the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown season was 1951, because none of them were nominated in time. All that changes on Saturday. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 730 words, photos.
BALTIMORE _ Of the 13 jockeys riding in the Preakness, nine are aboard a different horse from the Kentucky Derby. Mike Smith is now riding favored Improbable with familiar trainer Bob Baffert, bumping Irad Ortiz to new shooter Bourbon War. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 850 words, photos, graphic.
BALTIMORE _Point of Honor and Always Shopping are the morning line favorite in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, featuring many of the world’s best 3-year-old fillies. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: Developing from 5 p.m. race; 500 words, photos.
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