LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
By BRUCE SCHREINER
There will be a reunion at the Preakness this month for a frail girl and a trainer who met just before the trainer's horse gained fame as winner of this year's Kentucky Derby
Doug O'Neill and Hope Hudson met at Churchill Downs in the days leading up to the Derby.
O'Neill was prepping the colt I'll Have Another for the race. Hope, a 12-year-old from Missouri who is battling a rare disease, was getting her first up-close look at the sleek thoroughbreds she loves, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Three days later, Hope and her family were part of the victory celebration when I'll Have Another won the Run for the Roses.
Now the family has accepted an invitation from O'Neill's team to attend the Preakness race in Baltimore.
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Kentucky Derby winner Orb has been made the morning-line favorite in a field of 14 horses entered for the Belmont Stakes.
Experts, enthusiasts, owners and journalists agreed – Orb seemed like the best chance at a Triple Crown champion since Affirmed in 1978.
Oxbow has won the Preakness, ruining Orb's bid to capture the Triple Crown.
Baltimore police said Preakness revelers behaved themselves for the most part in the hours leading up to the big race.
Debt Ceiling took the win for the 2-year-old pack at Pimlico Saturday as he captured the $100,000 Rollicking Stakes purse.