Sport: Prince of the Preakness

Two days of rain had made an "off track" certain for the 74th running of Pimlico's Preakness last week. That suited Trainer Casey Hayes fine; his Hill Prince, runner-up to Middleground in the Kentucky Derby, revels in gooey going. Middleground's trainer, canny Max Hirsch, was not so happy: "My horse is very definitely suited to a fast track. I believe he can run in sticky going, but I am not sure." With an eye on the weather, Hirsch waited until the morning of the race to have his horse shod with mud caulks.

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