Customize ESPN

Top Headlines

Horse Racing

War of Will's jockey: 'This is a dream come true'

Tyler Gaffalione, the jockey of 2019 Preakness Stakes winner War of Will, says the horse "relaxed beautifully" and the victory is surreal.

1:03

Horse Racing

War of Will trainer: 'It's just unbelievable'

Mark Casse reflects on War of Will's victory in the Preakness Stakes, saying it's extra special given the previous controversy at the Kentucky Derby.

1:11

Horse Racing

War of Will trainer Mark Casse screamed "Come on Will!" as his horse won the 144th Preakness Stakes, vindication after a seventh-place finish at the Kentucky Derby. Casse said all week this wasn't about revenge, he just wanted to win the Preakness and show what his horse could do after the incident with Maximum Security.

Heather Dinich, ESPN Senior Writer4d ago

Horse Racing

War of Will is getting saddled in the grass here with trainer Mark Casse and he's getting worked up. It could be the noise but he's real feisty and Casse's wife is here a bundle of nerves.

Heather Dinich, ESPN Senior Writer4d ago

Horse Racing

It's truly a wide open race today here at Pimlico. War of Will, which faded at the Kentucky Derby and finished seventh after the incident with Maximum Security, is here with trainer Mark Casse. Casse told me this isn't about revenge. "Nah, there's no revenge," he said. "None whatsoever. The Preakness is, you have to understand, I've been following horse racing since I was six or seven. To me the Preakness is, it's been my life. There's no revenge, I just want to win the Preakness and we came that close two years ago."

Heather Dinich, ESPN Senior Writer4d ago

Horse Racing

No, the Derby winner is not here, but the infield party continues. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas knows this, and he's 83: "You've got to remember that 85 or 90 percent of people here aren't coming to watch the race," he said. "They're coming for the block party. They don't give a damn if we've got the Derby winner or the one from Mountaineer Park. That's how that works."

Heather Dinich, ESPN Senior Writer4d ago

Horse Racing

The local headlines leading up to the Preakness have focused on the future of the race, as many locals in and around Baltimore would like to see it remain at Pimlico, but there is a growing push by The Stronach Group, the owners of the race, to move it to Laurel. Just saw this flying over the Stakes barn.

Heather Dinich, ESPN Senior Writer4d ago

Horse Racing

Pimlico is in need of more than $400 million in renovations. An employee cleans up an overflow that has closed the restrooms in one hallway now.

Heather Dinich, ESPN Senior Writer4d ago

Horse Racing

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas is 83 years old and here with Market King, but he has bigger names in his history. He told me this week that Bo Schembechler was at the Derby with him when Charismatic won (1999), and that he used to sit on Bob Knight's back porch eating "a big ole bowl" of peach cobbler." "I'd say, ‘Bob, you gotta back off a little bit.' We we're close enough I could say something to him."

Heather Dinich, ESPN Senior Writer4d ago

Horse Racing

Who will win the Preakness?

Chris "The Bear" Fallica gives his advice for how to bet the Preakness.

1:56

Customize ESPN