Early Voting Wins Preakness Stakes: NPR


Jose Ortiz atop early voting wins the 147th Annual Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday in Baltimore.

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Early Voting Wins Preakness Stakes: NPR

Jose Ortiz atop early voting wins the 147th Annual Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday in Baltimore.

Julio Cortez/AP

Early Voting is the winner of the 147th Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown Series, at the legendary Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Epicenter, which had been favored to win, took a close second.

Epicenter, which had also been favored to win the Kentucky Derby, entered the race on Saturday at 6-5 odds while early voting was at 7-2 odds.

It was the second Preakness win for owner Seth Klarman. “Winning once was like a lifelong dream and winning twice is amazing,” he said.

He and his trainer, Chad Brown, decided against racing Early Voting in the Kentucky Derby, favoring more rest for the horse. They will likely be out of the Belmont Stakes in June.

“We thought he needed a bit more seasoning, the extra rest would help him. He ran quite lightly, only three races before today,” Klarman said after the race. “It turned out to be the right decision because the pace of the Derby was pretty suicidal so he probably wouldn’t have done well. So we wanted to do it right next to the horse and we’re glad we waited. “

The race for the Triple Crown kicked off in Kentucky earlier this month with a huge upset. The underdog Rich Strike came from behind to win at the last minute at 80 to 1.

But there was no chance for a Triple Crown winner this year as the Rich Strike owner decided against racing at the Preakness, instead focusing on preparing for the Belmont Stakes in June. A Triple Crown win requires winning all three races.

Unlike Kentucky, there were only nine horses in Saturday’s race, not 20.

In last year’s race, Rombauer eclipsed top contenders Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit, a surprise for the horse 11-to-1.


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