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Preakness Stakes Becoming Tarnished Jewel of the Triple Crown

Preakness Stakes Becoming Tarnished Jewel of the Triple Crown
BY TOM VALLEDOLMO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Preakness Stakes is becoming the Rodney Dangerfield of the Triple Crown. It gets no respect.

The middle jewel, which is contested a mere two weeks after the Kentucky Derby, has lost some luster due to several factors, the main one being its sandwich position between "America's Most Famous Horse Race" at historic Churchill Downs and "The Test of the Champion" at spacious, ultra-chic Belmont Park in the Big Apple.

The Derby stands alone as a marquee event and the excitement surrounding the Belmont often reaches a fever pitch when a horse rolls into New York looking to sweep the coveted -- and elusive -- Triple Crown. But, the Preakness, suffering from "middle child syndrome," has several things working against it becoming a must-see phenomenon year after year.

First, it's contested at Pimlico Race Course, a rather old, rather rundown racing venue nestled in a less-than-desirable neighborhood in Baltimore, a city that’s been rocked by civil unrest in recent days.

 

300 Words Or Less: Why Don Draper Is Mad Men’s A-Rod

300 Words Or Less: Why Don Draper Is Mad Men’s A-Rod
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

What do Mad Men and Better Call Saul have in common with baseball?

A lot, actually. Sort of.

Like debating whether Pete Rose belongs in the Hall of Fame, the first sea...

3 Reasons NJ Firefighter Set Guinness World Record for Gear Run

3 Reasons NJ Firefighter Set Guinness World Record for Gear Run
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A Ridgewood fireman believes in going the extra mile to help others- and he doesn’t care how much gear he’s wearing to get there.

Ridgewood Fire Lt. Brendan Corcoran ent...

Monmouth Park Sets To Open; Betting On A Still Uncertain Sports Gambling Future

Monmouth Park Sets To Open; Betting On A Still Uncertain Sports Gambling Future
BY JOE FAVORITO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

This weekend millions will take to the road to celebrate everything from graduations to communions and confirmations to, yes, Mother’s Day, but on Saturd...

300 Words Or Less: That Sound Is College Basketball’s Musical Transfers

300 Words Or Less: That Sound Is College Basketball’s Musical Transfers
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

No matter how clean, some things still feel dirty.

While you’re reading this, another Division One basketball player will change schools, the sport’s latest craze. Ea...

Clinic to tie safe rugby, football techniques for New Jersey youth players and coaches

Clinic to tie safe rugby, football techniques for New Jersey youth players and coaches
BY JERRY MILANI
FOR NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The issue of safe and effective tackling techniques is top of mind in every level of football, from Pee Wee and Pop Warner to the NFL. Concussion settlements an...

From Bergen To The Bigs And Back Again; Catching Up With Mark DeRosa

From Bergen To The Bigs And Back Again; Catching Up With Mark DeRosa
BY JOE FAVORITO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

He never played here during his 17 year Major League career, but former MLB outfielder, infielder and catcher Mark DeRosa grew up here (Passaic), and sta...

Heisman Trophy Winner Pete Dawkins: Rugby And Football Can Learn Together

Heisman Trophy Winner Pete Dawkins: Rugby And Football Can Learn Together
BY JERRY MILANI
FOR NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

There are few more accomplished and well respected business and sports leaders in this country than New Jersey resident Pete Dawkins. The United States Military...

Kentucky Derby 2015 Post Position Draw: The Winners and the Losers

Kentucky Derby 2015 Post Position Draw: The Winners and the Losers
BY TOM VALLEDOLMO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

“The luck of the draw.”

Never does that phrase carry more weight than on the Wednesday night before the Kentucky Derby when the post-position draw takes place for ...

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