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Early Voting Wins Preakness After Skipping Derby;  Epicenter Finalist

BALTIMORE — Much of the attention leading up to the 147th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racecourse focused less on the horse racing on the sizzling Saturday night than on those who weren’t even in attendance.

Rich Strike, the 80-1 winner of the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, was conspicuously absent after horse owner Rick Dawson and trainer Eric Reed decided to give Rich Strike more time to recover. rest and recuperate for next month’s Belmont Stakes. .

Without Rich Strike, Derby runner-up Epicenter took center stage as a 6-5 favorite heading into the race to win the 1 3/16 mile race. But it was Early Voting, who skipped the Kentucky Derby in order to prepare for the Preakness and started the race a second favorite at 5-1 with filly Secret Oath, who won the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Epicenter was a finalist.

USA Today

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