To help with your planning, here is some of what The Associated Press is planning ahead of the Preakness. This advisory is subject to change and will be updated until the May 18 race. For questions, contact Oscar Dixon (firstname.lastname@example.org). All times Eastern.
Within horse racing, the Stronach Group that owns Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream and tracks in Maryland is both a boon for business and a lightning rod for criticism. Whether it’s the deep-pocketed ownership group’s investment in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup, its handling of horse deaths at Santa Anita, the continued fight over Pimlico and the Preakness or internal lawsuits, the Stronach Group always seems to be at the center of the action. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 800 words, photos
RAC--Preakness-Battle For Pimlico
BALTIMORE _ Aptly nicknamed Old Hilltop, Pimlico Race Course is showing its age after 149 years. A portion of the grandstand has been shut down, many of the barns are dilapidated and no amount of paint can mask the decrepit facade. It’s going to take an estimated $425 million to rebuild the facility, and while many esteemed horse trainers are just fine with keeping the Preakness at this historical landmark, the future of Pimlico has turned into a tug of war involving city officials _ who want it to stay in Baltimore _ and the owners of the track, who long to move the second jewel of the Triple Crown to nearby Laurel. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m.
BALTIMORE _ The no-Maximum Security, no-Country House, no-Triple Crown possibility for the first time since 1996 Preakness draws its post positions. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. _ With: AP Graphic
RAC--Preakness-Horses To Watch
BALTIMORE _ Disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security isn’t running in the Preakness and neither is Country House, the horse who was elevated to first. There’s no shot at a Triple Crown, but Bob Baffert-trained Derby favorite Improbable and War of Will _ who looked prime to run to the front down the stretch at Churchill Downs _ are among the horses to watch in the big race at Pimlico. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. EDT. With: AP Graphic
RAC--Preakness-War Of Will’s Will
BALTIMORE _ War of Will came away from a near collision in the Kentucky Derby with nary a scratch on him. All he wanted to do the morning after was eat mints. He easily could have won the race had it not been for some interference from Maximum Security, and now Mark Casse’s horse is primed to show what he can do in a smaller field at the Preakness. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 3 p.m. EDT. _ With AP Graphic
BALTIMORE _ For the first time since 1996, there’s no Triple Crown possibility even on the line at the Preakness. That takes away from the shine of the race, but it’s as wide open as ever without a clear favorite. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT. _ With AP Graphic.
Maximum Security won’t win the Preakness. Neither will official Kentucky Derby winner Country House, runner-up Code of Honor and place finisher Tacitus _ since none of them are even entering the race. No Triple Crown awaits in 2019, and Improbable might end up as the horse to beat in a watered-down Preakness field. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m. _ With AP Graphic
BALTIMORE _ The Black-Eyed Susan, which puts the spotlight on many of the best 3-year-old fillies in the world, highlight’s the second-biggest day of the year at Pimlico Race Course. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Race begins at approximately 4:50 p.m. ET
BALTIMORE _ The running of the 144th Preakness. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Race starts at approximately 6:30 p.m. EDT.
_ With: RAC--Preakness-The Latest. Real-time updates from Pimlico and the 144th running of the Preakness
BALTIMORE _ Look ahead to Belmont, the last leg of the Triple Crown. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1 p.m. EDT
In a sport already dealing with the fallout from 23 fatalities at Santa Anita Park, outside pressure to change long-held practices and sports gambling threatening the industry’s existence, the disqualification of Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security was another black mark for horse racing. But if not for the quick reaction of jockey Tyler Gaffalione and his horse, War of Will, when Maximum Security drifted over in the final turn in sloppy conditions, the sport would be facing a much more catastrophic scenario than the disappointing reality of no possible 2019 Triple Crown winner heading into the Preakness. By Stephen Whyno. Sent: 875 words, photos, Friday, May 10
Kentucky Derby winner Country House won’t run in the Preakness. Assistant trainer Riley Mott confirmed to The Associated Press that the long shot winner of horse racing’s biggest event is no longer being considered for the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Country House’s absence at the May 18 Preakness means there is no chance at a third Triple Crown winner in five years. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 675 words, photos, Tuesday, May 7
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ The owner of Maximum Security says the horse will not run in the Preakness and will appeal his disqualification as the Kentucky Derby winner. Gary West confirms the decision by phone to The Associated Press. He says “there’s really no need, not having an opportunity to run for the Triple Crown to run a horse back in two weeks.” Maximum Security became the first Derby winner to be disqualified for interference. Country House, a 65-1 shot, was elevated to first. By Gary Graves. SENT: 650 words, photos, Monday, May 6