Early Voting holds back Epicenter to win the Preakness Stakes

Jose Ortiz atop Early Voting wins the 147th running of the Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Baltimore.

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Early Voting held back hard-charging preferred Epicenter to win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, verifying the choice to avoid the Kentucky Derby and go for the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown.

Early Voting stalked behind the leaders for much of the race previously moving into the lead around the last turn. He ended up 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Epicenter, who ended up second like he performed in the Derby.

The Preakness was run without Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike after his owner focused on additional rest over the possibility at winning the Triple Crown.

Early Voting, who went off at 5-1, provided fitness instructor Chad Brown his 2nd Preakness triumph. He’s likewise owned by Klaravich Stables, which won the race in 2017 with Cloud Computing.

Jockey Jose Ortiz won the Preakness for the very first time. He had actually never ever ended up greater than 4th in 4 previous installs in the race.

Early Voting ended up initially in a field of 9 horses, that included filly Secret Oath and 3 who returned after running in the Kentucky Derby 2 weeks earlier. Early Voting, a boy of Gun Runner, won for the 3rd time in 4 profession races to take the $900,000 winner’s share of the $1.65 million bag.

“He got the time off,” assistant fitness instructor Baldo Hernandez stated today. “He’s in good shape.”

He remained in sufficient shape to deal with some unfavorable weather. The 147th edition of the Preakness occurred in near-record heat with the temperature level skyrocketing into the 90s by the time the horses went into the beginning gate.


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