Saturday, May 18, 2013
Orb, the Kentucky Derby winner, finished fourth.
Oxbow, a 15-1 longshot, went nearly wire-to-wire to win the 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday giving trainer D. Wayne Lukas the all-time lead in Triple Crown race victories with 14. The bay colt, ridden by 50-year old Gary Stevens and owned by Calumet Farm, took the lead early from Goldencents and won the $1 million Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown by 1 ¾ lengths holding off Itsmyluckyday and Mylute in 1:57.54. Oxbow also ended hopes for a Triple Crown winner for another year. Orb, the winner of the Kentucky Derby, never got started from his No. 1 post position and finished a disappointing fourth. "I get paid to spoil dreams," Lukas said after the race. "You can’t mail it in, it’s a different surface, a different …
From A to Z, a wild, fun time at the 138th Preakness Stakes.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Kentucky Derby winner will start on the rail in Saturday's nine-horse field at Pimlico.
Orb will have the shortest track to run if he has aims of winning the second leg of the Triple Crown Saturday at Pimlico. The Kentucky Derby winner drew the inside post position Wednesday for the Preakness Stakes, slated for Saturday evening at Old Hilltop. Orb is an even-money favorite heading into the 138th Preakness Stakes. Here's the field: In Kentucky earlier this month, Orb defeated a field twice the size of the one he'll have bearing down on him out of the gate on Saturday. Trainer Shug McGaughey told reporters Wednesday, “I’m not sure that I would have picked the ‘1’ out of there. If it had come out the ‘1’ in the Derby, you’d almost have felt like you needed to go home, but I don’t feel that way here." Mylute, which finished fifth…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The 138th running of the Baltimore tradition will be held this Saturday.
We're in the final stretch before the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Here's what you need to know. When is it? The Triple Crown race will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Pimlico. NBC (WRC, WBAL) and Horse Racing Radio Network (WSPZ-AM in Washington is the only area affiliate) will have the call, which will also be streaming on the radio network's website. The first post on the day is at 10:45 a.m. Tickets? They are still available. Infield tickets are $60. Admission to the grandstand starts at $25, with box seats starting at $110. Tickets for the infield Mug Club, which include unlimited beer, are sold out. Weather? It's forecast to be partly sunny in Baltimore Saturday, with a high of 78. …
Monday, May 13, 2013
NFL owner weighs in on the debate over the team's name.
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder made a bold statement in an interview with USA Today last week about the controversy over the name of his pro football franchise. "We'll never change the name," Snyder told USA Today. "It's that simple. NEVER—you can use caps." Washington-area residents had something to say about that on Twitter. @makingcjc, of Arlington, VA, supported Snyder: "'We’ll never change the name, it’s that simple NEVER - you can use caps' Never thought I'd say this, but Thank-You Dan Synder." @RolandoComedy, of Rockville, wondered why everyone is so worked up about the issue: "Really? Is the name Redskins affecting your life? Is it keeping you awake at night? Is it hurting your inner child? #Redskins" @JadoreCherelle, of …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The first-round series between the Capitals and the New York Rangers has folks talking.
The Washington Capitals took care of business at home, but lost to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday, narrowing their lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The series has Montgomery County residents who love to "rock the red" tweeting. @score429 tweeted: The Rangers-Caps series is the best of the 1st round.Tough, two-way hockey.The team that wins will be tough to beat in the East. #nyr #caps @moneymetalcakes of Olney encouraged fans to grow a playoff beard like the players: "Join me, grow a playoff beard at http://po.st/TLWWBR . The fan who raises the most $ now thru 5/10 at 730 pm wins a #Caps signed jersey." @fatbradpitt of Silver Spring thought Caps defensive lapses contributed to…
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Orb won the first leg of the Triple Crown Saturday, making up major ground in the home stretch to win the Kentucky Derby.
Orb, a thoroughbred with Maryland ties, won the Kentucky Derby Saturday, setting up a potential homecoming story later this month at the Preakness. Ridden by Joel Rosario, Orb began well back in the 20-horse field, before closing very strong in the home stretch. "I was really far back," Rosario told NBC. "I said hopefully he can go faster than that. I was saying maybe I was too far back, but it was so easy." See video of the race on NBCSports.com. The horse is owned by northern Baltimore County resident Stuart S. Janney, an executive with a New York-based financial firm, according to The Sun. Orb's father, Malibu Moon, is owned by Bel Air's Pons family of Country Life Farm, The Sun reported last month. The winning time was 2:02.89, as Orb…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Metrorail to go to OT if Caps do.
Metrorail, which has a station near Verizon Center (Gallery Place/Chinatown), will stay open an hour later if any Washington Capitals hockey playoff games run late or go into overtime, according to The Washington Post. The Capitals open their quest for the Stanley Cup against the New York Rangers on at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Last year, Game 3 of the Capitals’ playoff series against the Rangers went to triple overtime, ending well after midnight—when Metro typically closes on weekdays. The Post reports that an announcement will be made inside the Verizon Center by 11 p.m. Metro riders will be able to exit the transit system at any station, but will only be able to enter at Gallery Place (all entrances), Judiciary Square (only on F Street) and …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Reconstruction work on the school begins this summer
On Thursday, the girls and boys varsity lacrosse teams at Wheaton High School will play the final games of the school year in the Richard Riddle Stadium before reconstruction work on the school begins this summer, according to Chris Culkin, Wheaton's athletic booster club president. Both games are against Magruder High School; the girls game begins at 5:15 p.m., the boys game at 7 p.m. Read more about the Richard Riddle Stadium in Chris Culkin's blog post on Patch about the final football game played there last fall.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The governor presented the Washington Redskins quarterback's jersey during Israel trip.
In a stroke of football diplomacy, Gov. Martin O'Malley presented a jersey of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to Rabbi Dov Lipman while on a trade mission in Israel this week. Lipman, a Silver Spring native, is a member of Israel's parliament. “Rabbi, this is from your home place," O'Malley said as he handed over the jersey in a video of the exchange posted on YouTube. "This is who everybody roots for in Silver Spring, Maryland. And this year, everybody was fired up by RGIII.” “So I just want to tell you, governor, that I was at the National Prayer Breakfast last year,” Lipman said. “And RGIII was the guest speaker. And before I even saw him play, before I knew he’d be a Redskin, he talked about God and about prayer. And…