The Pimlico racing strip has gotten faster since the running of the Preakness on May 20. The track was rolled just before the classic race and the recent rains have made the surface more compact than earlier in the meeting.
The stewards, after some prompting by members of the press and others, have called in a few trainers to ask about some apparent sharp form reversals. Obviously the officials were satisfied that the explanation for the upsets were valid. However, the move served notice that some horsemen are being questioned, an uncommon practice in the past.
A surprising development of the current meeting has been the steady improvement of jockey Michael Torre. The youngster recently graduated from the apprentice ranks and has ridden 13 winners as a journeyman. His use of the whip and hands lately have put a polish on his already smooth riding technique.
The Pimlico infield is still scarred from the thousands of fans who played there on Preakness day. The cleanup crew had to go over the fenced-in area several times to get it presentable.
The Preakness itself is still the subject of many conversations on the back-stretch. Jockey Steve Cauthen is held in a kind of reverence as a rider that has been reserved for Eddie Arcaro and Willie Shiemaker in the past.
Trainer King T. Leatherbury has about run out of allowance conditions for Aborigine, easy winner of the race just before Saturday's Preakness. Aborigine is, like Affirmed, a son of Exclusive Native, and probably will be seen in better company in the near future.