Early voting crosses the finish line first at Preakness Stakes

BALTIMORE, Md. — Early voting crossed the finish line first at the Preakness Stakes.

Standing outside the stake barn at Pimlico Racecourse earlier in the week, trainer Kenny McPeek brushed off concerns about the heat and how it could affect Creative Minister in the Preakness.

“He goes out there and never flinches,” McPeek said. “I don’t think the heat will bother him at all, and I’m not worried about what I can’t control, but I hope the meteorologist is wrong.”

The meteorologist was not mistaken.

The temperature at Pimlico Racecourse soared above 90 degrees Fahrenheit just after 1 p.m. The forecast was for it to be 90 degrees when the horses enter the starting grid just after 7 a.m.

The Preakness daily record is 96, set in 1934. Steve Asmussen, the favorite Epicenter coach, said he was as concerned about the heat as possible.

“We know it can get pretty sticky when it’s hot in Baltimore, so I think they’re all going to have to deal with that,” Asmussen said. “He’s a big horse that comes back in 14 days, so make sure he drinks plenty of water and stays hydrated, just like your kids.”

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