Horse Racing

Preakness winner War of Will likely to run in Belmont

BALTIMORE (AP) Owner Gary Barber called trainer Mark Casse for the fourth time in 11 hours since War of Will won the Preakness.

Only this time, Casse was in the middle of holding court with reporters the morning after his first Triple Crown victory. (MORE)

Horsing around: Riderless colt races to Preakness finish

BALTIMORE (AP) Unencumbered by a jockey and suddenly free to run wherever he darn pleased, Bodexpress decided to take a shot at winning the Preakness.

Taking one of the most memorable trips in the 149-year history of Pimlico Race Course, Bodexpress followed the leaders without a rider on board and at one point appeared to be a contender in the 13-horse race. (MORE)

War of Will wins Preakness featuring riderless running horse

BALTIMORE (AP) Mark Casse completed a lifelong quest two weeks after the scare of a lifetime. And he did so in a race featuring a riderless horse that threw his jockey out of the gate and kept running.

Since he was a child, Casse wanted to win a Triple Crown race, and the well-respected trainer got that victory when War of Will bounced back from a bumpy ride in the Kentucky Derby to win the Preakness on Saturday. (MORE)

War of Will wins Preakness, holds off riderless horse

BALTIMORE (AP) War of Will bounced back from a bumpy ride in the Kentucky Derby to win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, holding off a field that included a riderless horse that threw his jockey out of the gate and still finished the race.

Trainer Mark Casse got his first Triple Crown victory, with War of Will unbothered starting from the inside No. 1 post position for the second consecutive race. War of Will was interfered with in the Kentucky Derby, which led to first-place finisher Maximum Security being disqualified. (MORE)

The Latest: War of Will finishes first in Preakness

BALTIMORE (AP) The Latest on the Preakness (all times local):

7:10 p.m. (MORE)

Santa Anita monitoring safety after latest fatality

BALTIMORE (AP) The chief operating officer of the group that owns Santa Anita Park said the racetrack will keep monitoring the safety conditions after another death of a horse in training.

A 3-year-old horse broke down with a shoulder injury Friday while galloping and was euthanized at the track in Arcadia, California. It's the 24th horse fatality in racing or training there since Dec. 26. It's the first since March 31. (MORE)

Filly dies on track at Pimlico the day before Preakness

BALTIMORE (AP) A filly collapsed and died while running at Pimlico Race Course on Friday, the day before the track hosts the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Congrats Gal faltered in the upper stretch of the Miss Preakness Stakes in 83-degree heat and was eased to the finish line. (MORE)

'Vanilla' Preakness still has intrigue without Derby winner

BALTIMORE (AP) 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." (MORE)

24th horse death occurs at Santa Anita

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) A 24th horse has died at Santa Anita, the first since March 31.

Commander Coil broke down during training hours Friday, sustaining a shoulder injury while galloping that required the 3-year-old gelding to be euthanized, according to a statement from The Stronach Group, which owns the track. (MORE)

Point of Honor fulfills favorite role, wins Black-Eyed Susan

BALTIMORE (AP) Completely unconcerned about all the horses kicking up dirt in front of him, jockey Javier Castellano patiently waited for the right moment to make his move.

After spending much of the race in seventh place and still in sixth just before reaching the stretch, Castellano pushed Point of Honor to the front when it counted most and held off Ulele to win the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes on Friday. (MORE)

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