He's done it again.
California Chrome became just the 13th horse to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown since 1978, hanging on to a hard-fought lead to take the 139th Preakness Stakes victory.
With a prior Kentucky Derby victory and tonight's Preakness win, California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza look toward the mile-and-a-half at Belmont, the third and final "jewel" in the Triple Crown, which races on June 7.
"I hope okay," Espinoza said after tonight's race in regard to how he and the horse will handle Belmont. "You know what, we get it done."
Espinoza and California Chrome certainly got it done in Baltimore. Unlike at the Kentucky Derby, the pair pushed ahead of the pack immediately, tucking in with the leaders, only to be contested several times. As they tried to pull away on the final turn, Espinoza pushed his horse forward, too.
"I got more tired mentally than physically riding him," Espinoza said. "I sat back and…it worked out perfect. I thought it was a little too soon (to go), but you know what, I thought I had to go at that point."
This was 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman's first trip to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Sherman, along with owner Steve Coburn, are guiding a horse bred for just $10,000 toward a legendary season.
But remember: The best moments generally take place outside of the two minutes the horses race for glory. The Preakness was no different, with Mike Tyson tweeting out this bizarrely mashed-up photograph of him, along with an assortment of other big names in sports (that's Tom Brady to Tyson's left, and Kliff Kingsbury is the one peeking through the back). Oh, Maryland. --Sarah Eberspacher
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On Tuesday, a judge in Cairo handed down 20-year prison sentences to ousted President Mohamed Morsi and 12 other defendants, most of them members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, for the death, kidnapping, and torture of protesters in the violent demonstrations that led to overthrow of Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president. Judge Ahmed Sabry Youssef acquitted the men of murder, which could have led to death sentences.
The sentences can be appealed, but Morsi faces three other trials, and the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi — the former general who overthrew Morsi — has cracked down harshly on the Muslim Brotherhood. The sentencing hearing, from a makeshift courtroom at the national police academy, was broadcast on national TV. Peter Weber
Monday was April 20, and Jon Stewart got all dressed up to celebrate 4/20 with a lighthearted look at pot in the news. CNN, the object of Stewart's frequent mockery, seemed ripe for the picking, but actually turned out substantive reports on the benefits of medical and recreational marijuana for patients and state tax coffers, respectively. "This pot story isn't fun at all," groovy Stewart said on Monday's Daily Show.
That's when Jessica Williams made an appearance as the voice of a sober new generation of pot smokers, playing the foil to Stewart old-school stoner shtick. But since this is The Daily Show, and not sketch comedy, Stewart got in the last jibe, at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who it turns out is only against certain suspect forms of raising revenue for his state, regardless of opposition from the feds. —Peter Weber
Police in Baltimore arrested Freddie Gray, 25, on April 12, and took him to the station in police van. Gray, who is black, died on Sunday after a weeklong coma, and police say they aren't sure how he came to "suffer a significant spinal injury that led to his death," Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said at a news conference on Monday, after days of protests. "We have no evidence — physical, video, or statements — of any use of force."
Six officers have been suspended with pay while the department investigates what happened, Commissioner Anthony Bratts said, and police have adopted new policies on transporting suspects and giving them medical care. "When Mr. Gray was put in that van, he could talk, he was upset," Rodriguez said. "And when he was taken out of that van, he could not talk and he could not breathe." Billy Murphy, the Gray family's lawyer, said Gray's "spine was over 80 percent severed at his neck."
The arrest report said that Officer Garrett Miller wanted to charge Gray with possessing a switchblade knife, and suggested he was pursued because he made eye contact with police and fled. "I understand the community's frustration,” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said at the news conference. "I understand it because I'm frustrated. I’m angry that we are here again, that we have to tell another mother that her child is dead." You can watch excerpts of the news conference below. —Peter Weber
On Monday night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart gave one cheer for the bipartisan Medicare payment reform Congress passed last week, a mere 18 years after creating the problem in the first place. Oh good, he quipped, "you decided to fix it once your procrastination could legally vote." The bipartisan effort was a nice change, but the over-the-top back-patting was a little too much for Stewart. The result? Some pretty good mockery.
When President Obama offered to throw lawmakers a party for doing their job, Stewart jabbed: "They don't need a trophy for showing up — they're Congress, not millennials." He followed that up by borrowing a phrase from George W. Bush (and speechwriter Michael Gerson): "Talk about the soft bigotry of low expectations." Seriously, he added, "imagine if normal people reacted this way to the dutiful executing of basic occupation tasks." And the segment ends with just that, a look at how such self-congratulatory zeal might look in a New York deli. Watch. —Peter Weber
Staff of Maine Township High School District 207, in a northwest suburb of Chicago, were moving to a building next door when they made an unexpected discovery:
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) April 20, 2015
"One day a few weeks ago, one of the assistants was going through a filing cabinet and found a file that had a manuscript from The Breakfast Club dated Sept. 21, 1983," District 207 Superintendent Ken Wallace tells the Chicago Tribune. "It's a first draft of the screenplay by John Hughes." He said the plan is to preserve and display the piece of cinematic history, noting that "the odds of having such an iconic movie filmed and associated with your district are astronomical."
As to how Maine South High School came to have an original first draft, that's no mystery: Much of the iconic film was shot during the spring of 1984 inside Maine North High School, closed in 1981. The movie's library set was built inside the North Maine gym. Scribbled on the manuscript is "Reviewed and approved by Dr. Murphy," referring to then-Superintendent John Murphy; school district officials typically looked over scripts before allowing movies to be filmed on school property.
Among changes between the script and the final movie: The original name was "Saturday Breakfast Club," and Molly Ringwald's character had a different name. Read more about the discovery, just in time for the film's 30th anniversary, at the Chicago Tribune. Peter Weber
Monday, April 20, was the unofficial national day of marijuana appreciation (or something), for reasons you might already know if you are a recreational marijuana user. If you are, and are still feeling the effects of 4/20 — or are perfectly sober and like Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles, for example — Late Late Show bandleader Reggie Watts has a psychedelic treat for you. Host James Corden asked Watts to perform an original ode to national pot day, and this is what he (and his effects pedals) came up with. (The mellow vibe gets a little harsh near the end.) —Peter Weber
It's happening: The Full House revival Fuller House will air on Netflix in 2016.
John Stamos broke the news Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, saying the project was a long time in the making. "It's a labor of love," he said. "We've been trying for so many years to do it right, and I think we've finally got it perfect."
Netflix inked a deal for 13 episodes, with the show following basically the same storyline as Full House: D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) is a recently widowed and pregnant veterinarian (because it wasn't enough for her mother to die in the original show? How much tragedy can the Tanners take?). Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) is now the female Uncle Jesse, an aspiring musician who moves in to help D.J. take care of her sons, 12-year-old J.D. and 7-year-old Max. And, because the house just isn't quite full enough, D.J.'s childhood BFF Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) will help her friend out in her time of need, just like Joey did for Danny all those years ago. The only difference is, she has a teenage daughter accompanying her, and they won't be forced to live in an alcove for several episodes.
While Stamos will definitely reprise his role as Uncle Jesse, Netflix says it's still discussing guest appearances with other original cast members Bob Saget, Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Dave Coulier, and Lori Loughlin. Watch the video below to hear Stamos deliver the good news. —Catherine Garcia