Report: Derby winner Country House will skip the Preakness

Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes. Photo by Jay Cannon/Capital News Service.

Country House, the winner of last week’s controversial Kentucky Derby, will skip the Preakness Stakes and not make a bid for the Triple Crown due to illness, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form.

Trainer Bill Mott told the racing publication that Country House is coming down with a cold.

Bourbon War is in for the Preakness Stakes; Maximum Security is out

Bourbon War. Credit: Leslie Martin.

Bourbon War, who fell short of qualifying for the Kentucky Derby, will enter the Triple Crown series at Old Hilltop, the Maryland Jockey Club announced today.

He’s a familiar foe to some of the Derby contenders, finishing second to Derby runner-up Code of Honor in the Fountain of Youth Stakes and fourth behind Maximum Security, Bodexpress and Code of Honor in the Florida Derby.

As legal battle continues, city announces Race to Preakness festivities

Preakness Stakes day at Pimlico. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

The city is rolling out a series of events ahead of the 144th Preakness Stakes, even as the legal battle to keep the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown in Baltimore continues.

At a press conference this morning to announce the events, Ex Officio Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young was asked about the engineering report that led the Maryland Jockey Club to close the Old Grandstand section of Pimlico Race Course.

He said code enforcement officials met at Pimlico with representatives from the track and received a portion of the report. And while he did not dispute the claims of deterioration of the oldest section of the structure, Young emphasized the conditions arose “because of years of neglect and deferred maintenance.”

Stronach extends Lasix restrictions to all tracks, including Pimlico and Laurel

Cloud Computing edges out Classic Empire to win the 2017 Preakness Stakes. Photo by World Red Eye.

The Stronach Group, owner of Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, has joined a coalition of major American racetracks in phasing out the use of the horse medication Lasix on race days following a series of fatalities at Santa Anita Park in California.

At least 23 horses have died after breaking down during races or training sessions at the track just outside Los Angeles. Operations were suspended by Stronach, which owns the track, on March 5, following a spate of 21 deaths that started on Dec. 26.

Maryland Jockey Club decommissions 7,000 grandstand seats ahead of Preakness

Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes. Photo by Jay Cannon/Capital News Service.

A little more than a month before it hosts the Preakness Stakes, the Maryland Jockey Club announced it will decommission nearly 7,000 seats in a century-old grandstand after an engineering firm concluded the structure could no longer support a crowd of that size.

The Washington Capitals commissioned a banner to hang on Russell Street

Photo courtesy of Washington Capitals

Some locals have plenty to say about whether it’s kosher for Baltimoreans to pull for D.C. teams. But it was obvious last year, when the Washington Capitals took home their first-ever Stanley Cup, how strong the fandom is here (or maybe just the bandwagon effect).

In fact, according to ratings from NBC, which broadcast the finals, Baltimore was the number three market for viewers, behind only the competing teams’ cities.

Lee’s Pint & Shell ups the Chris Davis giveaway ante

Chris Davis (Kenya Allen/PressBox)

Power Plant Live! announced yesterday they will give away 1,000 orange crushes on the Friday after Orioles first baseman Chris “Crush” Davis breaks his streak of hitless games–1,500 if his first base knock is a homer.

Lee’s Pint & Shell today threw down the gauntlet.

Power Plant Live! will give away orange crushes after (if?) Chris Davis gets a hit

Chris Davis (Kenya Allen/Pressbox)

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, as you may have heard, is in a bit of a rut right now. Last night he broke the record for most consecutive at-bats without a hit, going 0-for-47.

And after Davis went hitless in his next two plate appearances, the number is at 49 and counting ahead of tonight’s game against the Oakland Athletics.

2019 Orioles Opening Day in photos


Orioles fans showed up to the home opener at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in their best attire. Whether it was foam fingers or full-on orange suits, fans got gussied up to watch the home team return after a 4-2 road trip to start the 2019 season.

Here are our photos from the pre-game parties outside the stadium.

Ravens announce NFL Draft festivities

Quarterback Lamar Jackson signs autographs at the 2018 Baltimore Ravens Draft Fest. Credit: Baltimore Ravens.

With so many key departures and open roster spots, the Ravens will be looking to the NFL Draft to address the team’s needs as it looks to repeat as AFC North champions.

It’s a critical point for the franchise, but it’s also a cause for celebration as the Ravens select new players who could make up the core of the team for years to come. So, naturally, there will be parties.