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Early Voting wins 147th Preakness Stakes; Epicenter second

Early Voting wins 147th Preakness Stakes; Epicenter second

On the most well liked day of the yr in Baltimore, Early Voting completed robust down the stretch and held off Epicenter by a size and a half to take house the second leg of the Triple Crown on the 147th Preakness Stakes, at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. 

Early Voting, who sat out the Kentucky Derby, ran the 1 3/16 miles, the shortest of the Triple Crown races, in 1:54.54, guided by jockey Jose Ortiz, Epicenter, the early morning favourite completed second and Inventive Minister crossed the end line third. 

Secret Oath, a filly skilled by Corridor of Fame coach D. Wayne Lukas, completed fourth.

Epicenter, after all, completed second to Wealthy Strike on the Kentucky Derby, when the 80-1 longshot rode the rail down the stretch to ship one of many greatest upsets in racing historical past. 

For his efforts, the choice was made that Wealthy Strike would skip the Preakness to relaxation for the Belmont Stakes, scheduled for June 11. His absence meant there would not be a Triple Crown winner for a fourth straight yr.

The nine-horse Preakness discipline needed to cope with near-record warmth, because the temperature hovered round 90 levels when the horses entered the beginning gate. 

The victory by Early Voting got here 5 years after proprietor Seth Klarman and coach Chad Brown received with Cloud Computing within the 2017 Preakness.

Armangac shot out of the gate to the early lead, however the Early Voting took command.

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