May. 17, 2018
To help you with the upcoming Preakness, here are some of AP's plans. Please direct questions to Oscar Dixon (firstname.lastname@example.org). Times are ET. This digest will be updated daily.
Thursday, May 17
RAC--HORSE RACING-SPORTS BETTING
Horse racing is looking for stronger footing on the national sports landscape and track owners hope the Supreme Court's decision to lift the band on sports betting provides a tremendous opportunity for the sport. Race tracks in many states will be among the first to allow sports gambling. Track owners believe this is an advantage since many racetracks already offer casino gaming with slot machines and table games — popularly known as racinos. By Gary Graves. SENT: 900 words, photos
BALTIMORE — Several owners and trainers decided to skip the Kentucky Derby in order to bring fresh horses to the Preakness. If nothing else, that gives them a bit of an advantage over Derby winner Justify, who can expect to be tested by a vastly different field in the middle leg of the Triple Crown. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos, AP Graphic by 3 p.m.
Friday, May 18
BALTIMORE — Justify is the favorite to win the Preakness. But there are several horses at Pimlico Race Course that hope to challenge the Kentucky Derby winner. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, AP Graphic by 4 a.m.
BALTIMORE — All eyes will be on Justify when the Kentucky Derby comes out of the gates at the Preakness on Saturday. Coming off his impressive Derby win, Justify is the favorite against Tampa Bay Derby winner Quip and others at Pimlico Race Course. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos, AP Graphic by 4 p.m.
BALTIMORE — Many of the world's finest 3-year-old fillies assemble at Pimlico Race Course for the 94th running of the Black-Eyed Susan. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos
Saturday, May 19
BALTIMORE — Kentucky Derby winner Justify is the favorite to win the 143rd running of the Preakness and keep alive his hopes of capturing the Triple Crown. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
— RAC--PREAKNESS-THE LATEST. Real-time updates from race day at the Preakness.
— Sidebars on merit
Sunday, May 20
BALTIMORE — A looked to the Belmont, the third jewel of the Triple Crown. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1 p.m.
BALTIMORE — When he arrives at Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness with Justify, trainer Bob Baffert will have the option of keeping his chestnut colt in Stall 40 of the stakes barn. The corner-stall, reserved solely for the Kentucky Derby winner, has served as the temporary home to many of horse racing's greatest champions. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 550 words, photos, AP Graphic on Wednesday, May 16.
BALTIMIORE — Justify is expected to be made the early favorite for the 143rd Preakness when the field is set and post positions assigned at the draw. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 700 words, photos, AP Graphic on Wednesday, May 16.
BALTIMORE — Pimlico Race Course is all gussied up again this week, ready to host the Preakness on a day that will enable the 148-year-old track to survive another year. Old Hilltop is beginning to show its age, however, and it will cost an estimated $300 million to make it right. So it might not be long before the middle jewel of the Triple Crown moves south within the state to newer, fresher Laurel Park. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 750 words, photos on Tuesday, May 15
RAC--PREAKNESS-BAFFERT AND LUKAS
Trainers Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas, who have each won the Preakness six times, have known each other since Baffert asked for a job out of high school and was rejected and they've gone from mentors to rivals to friends along the way. Baffert has Kentucky Derby winner Justify and Lukas has Sporting Chance and Bravazo in the Preakness as they go head-to-head again. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 600 words, file photos on Monday, May 14
Trainer Bob Baffert updates the status of Justify before the Kentucky Derby winner ships to Pimlico in Baltimore ahead of the Preakness on May 19. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 550 words, file photos on Thursday, May 10