PIMLICO — The 145th edition of the Preakness Stakes, which was pushed back more than four months from its traditional May running due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has turned the sports world on its proverbial head, marked the highlight of the revamped racing calendar in Maryland for 2020.
There were no Kent-breds in the marquee event Oct. 3, but several local progeny were entered in the lucrative six-figure races that provided ample support for the third leg of the Triple Crown.
Double Crown rallied from just off the pace to finish second in the Grade III, $200,000 Chick Lang Stakes for 3-year-olds on Thursday, Oct. 1. He was bred by veterinarian Tom Bowman and his wife Chris Bowman of Dance Forth Farm and their daughter Rebecca Davis, all of Chestertown.
Sent out as an overlooked 12-1 shot in the six-furlong dash for sophomores, Double Crown displayed ample late kick but was unable to threaten 3-5 choice Yaupon.
A sophomore son of Bourbon Courage trained by Katherine Ritvo, Double Crown sports a 3-2-1 slate and $180,000 banked from six career tries.
One race earlier on the card, Dendrobia closed well in the lane to finish fifth as a 94-1 shot in the $100,000 The Very One Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf.
The 5-year-old Denma mare is trained by Tim Keefe for owner-breeder Cynthia McGinnes of Thornmar Farm, Chestertown.
Dendrobia sports a 3-5-2 slate and $160,000 banked from 19 career outings.
Also on Oct. 1, although it was not in a stakes race, Maybe Someday led throughout and romped home 10 lengths clear to forge a 7-1 upset in a two-turn maiden special weight event for males.
The sophomore son of Bandbox trained by Keefe and bred by Thornmar Farm’s Charles and Cynthia McGinnes notched his first victory in five tries by getting the one-mile and one-sixteenth in 1 minute, 43.41 seconds. Maybe Someday scored in a way to suggest that an allowance victory next out is likely at hand.
On Friday afternoon, Oct. 2, Clubman finished seventh — and last — as the longest shot on the board at 80-1 in the Grade III, $250,000 Pimlico Special.
A 6-year-old Not For Love gelding bred by the Bowmans, Clubman never reached contention and trailed throughout.
Harpers First Ride, a fellow Maryland-bred, overhauled Owendale in the lane to a two-length score while stopping the timer in 1:54.97 for the Preakness distance of one-mile and three-sixteenths on the main track.
One day later on the Preakness Stakes undercard, Monday Morning Qb prompted the pace early but then faded to 11th in a field of 12 in the $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes for 3-year-olds traveling one mile on the Pimlico turf.
Don Juan Kitten prevailed in the open stakes in 1:42.24, while Bowman-bred Monday Morning Qb faded in the lane in his turf debut for trainer Robert “Butch” Reid.