Early voting wins the Preakness Stakes

Early voting won the 147th Conducting the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.

Epicenter placed second in the competition held at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Creative Minister was third.

Early Voting was one of the favorites and ended up with a quota of 5:1.

Epicenter was the top favorite in the nine-horse field at odds of 6-5 in the morning. Two weeks ago, the horse trained by Steve Asmussen finished second in the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the Triple Crown.

The big story of the day was of course the horse that was not in the race: Rich Strike, the winner of the Derby. The horse that ran 80-1 in the Kentucky race was stopped from running in the Preakness. Eric Reed, Rich Strike’s trainer, told the New York Times, “I kept thinking that in two weeks time he wouldn’t be mentally ready to run.”

However, Rich Strike is scheduled to make an appearance on June 11 at the Belmont Stakes, leg three of the Triple Crown.

The horses in the Preakness faced an additional challenge – namely high temperatures. Parts of the country are in the midst of a May heat wave, including Baltimore. A few hours before the race, temperatures in the city of Maryland reached 94 degrees Fahrenheit, according to AccuWeather. Early voting wins the Preakness Stakes

Brian Lowry

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