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Group hopes Lincoln will embrace new horse racing course

- Associated Press

Lincoln Race Course was originally slated to debut its new, seven-furlong track in September. Officials hoped the new track, the largest in the state, would reignite a live horse racing scene in Lincoln that has been essentially dormant since 2012.

Preakness entrant Epicenter, left, the runner up in the Kentucky Derby horse race, leaves the track after a workout ahead of the Preakness Stakes Horse Race race at Pimlico Race Course, Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) **FILE**

Near-record heat for Preakness another test for Epicenter

- Associated Press

Epicenter goes into Saturday’s Preakness as the favorite and clearly the class of the nine-horse field. In a race without Rich Strike and no chance at a Triple Crown, there is still some buzz largely because of filly Secret Oath and that it will be a test of whether Epicenter can beat the heat that could approach a record high.

Preakness entrant Fenwick is cleaned up after working out ahead of the Preakness Stakes Horse Race at Pimlico Race Course, Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in Baltimore. Fenwick has a 50-1 shot of winning the race. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) **FILE**

Fenwick follows Rich Strike’s huge underdog lead at 50-1 Preakness odds

- Associated Press

Two weeks after Rich Strike became the second-biggest long shot to win the Kentucky Derby, Fenwick could join him in the record books at the Preakness Stakes. The 50-1 shot also has as heartwarming a story and is as unlikely to be on the Triple Crown trail.

Sonny Leon celebrates after riding Rich Strike to victory in the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) **FILE**

Rich Strike skipping Preakness reignites Triple Crown debate

- Associated Press

There won’t be a Triple Crown winner for the 42nd time in the past 44 years after owner Rick Dawson changed direction and opted not to enter Rich Strike in the Preakness off an 80-1 upset victory in the Kentucky Derby. That decision has reignited the old debate that the three Triple Crown races should be spaced out further.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives on the third day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting, which is traditionally known as Ladies Day, in Ascot, England, Thursday, June 21, 2018. Horse racing was Queen Elizabeth II's big sporting love. She first rode a horse at the age of 3 and would inherit the breeding and racing stock of her father, King George VI, when she acceded to the throne in 1952. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland. File)

The queen's sporting fascination was racing: 'I love horses'

- Associated Press

It was a classic and comforting sight on the British sporting calendar, Queen Elizabeth II smiling and waving from inside a horse-drawn carriage leading other members of the royal family in a procession along the racetrack at Royal Ascot.

Flavien Prat atop Rombauer wins the 146th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 15, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) **FILE**

Rombauer's Preakness Stakes victory fills horse racing with more questions

- Associated Press

With the Belmont Stakes on June 5 wrapping up the Triple Crown series, the sport is filled with more questions than answers. Even if Rombauer goes to the Belmont potentially facing Derby favorite Essential Quality and Preakness runner-up Midnight Bourbon, the focus will remain on Baffert and the medication of horses.

Flavien Prat atop Rombauer, right, looks back as he breaks away from Irad Ortiz Jr. atop Midnight Bourbon moments before crossing the finish line to win the Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 15, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Rombauer pulls Preakness upset, Baffert's Medina Spirit 3rd

- Associated Press

Little-known Rombauer sprung an 11-1 upset to win the Preakness on Saturday, passing Bob Baffert's Kentucky Derby winner to end a potential Triple Crown bid that would have carried a giant asterisk.