Early Voting wins 147th Preakness Stakes; Epicenter second

Written by on May 21, 2022

On the most popular day of the yr in Baltimore, Early Voting completed robust down the stretch and held off Epicenter to take residence 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; Epicenter, the early morning favourite completed second, and Artistic Minister crossed the end line third. 

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

Epicenter, in fact, 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 subject needed to cope with near-record warmth, because the temperature hovered round 90 levels when the horses entered the beginning gate. 

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