BALTIMORE. -- This was supposed to be Edgar Prado's dream come true -- a horse of destiny winning the Preakness on a track where the jockey launched his career.
Instead, Pimlico Race Course will for now will only conjure up nightmares for the Peruvian jockey.
Prado, riding Barbaro, the impressive winner of the Kentucky Derby and the overwhelming favorite yesterday at the track that he used to call home, had to change his ride from trying to win the Preakness to saving hi
Bellamy Road took a wrong turn. Bandini got bamboozled. Afleet Alex was not quite afleet enough.
The three favorites in yesterday's 131st Kentucky Derby were nearly completely shut out of the money at the finish line, with only Afleet Alex managing a third-place finish.
Giacomo - a 50-1 shot - won the race, but it might as well have been Topo Gigio for all anyone will remember about this Derby. There won't be any Triple Crown contender this year.
Giacomo is no Smarty Jo
POMONA, Calif. -- As my 17-year-old son Rocco and I began our trip on the mother road Route 66 heading east to Chicago in our Mustang convertible, an appropriate car for this mission, it seemed perfect to start our journey at a place that celebrates the automobile.
Not just any automobile, but the baddest, fastest ones that ever laid rubber born during the era when people used to get their kicks on Route 66 with hot rods.
The National Hot Rod Association Motorsports Muse
BALTIMORE - It is a celebration of America's vices, a trio of events where the country rubs elbows with the Guys and Dolls who spend their time looking for the angles and figuring the odds. Horse racing's Triple Crown is a nation's walk on the wild side, and the second jewel in the crown - the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course - might never have been wilder - or better - than it was yesterday.
After 10 horses ran for 1 3/16 miles, the winner of the Preakness Stakes came dow