Early Voting Wins the Preakness Stakes: NPR

Jose Ortiz atop Early Voting wins Saturday’s 147th running of the Preakness Stakes horse race at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course.

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Early Voting Wins the Preakness Stakes: NPR

Jose Ortiz atop Early Voting wins Saturday’s 147th running of the Preakness Stakes horse race at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course.

Julio Cortez/AP

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

Epicenter, which was the favorite to win, took a close second.

Epicenter, which was also the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby, came into the race on Saturday with 6 to 5 chances, while Early Voting had 7 to 2 chances.

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

He and his trainer, Chad Brown, decided not to race Early Voting in the Kentucky Derby because they wanted more rest for the horse. They will likely be out of the Belmont Stakes in June.

“We thought he needed a little more spice, the extra rest would help him. He’s ridden quite lightly, just three races for today,” Klarman said after the race. “It turned out to be the right decision because the pace in the Derby was quite suicidal. So he probably wouldn’t have done so well. So we wanted to do well with the horse and we’re so glad we waited.”

The run for the Triple Crown started earlier this month in Kentucky with a huge shock. Underdog Rich Strike came from behind and won at the last minute with an 80-1 long shot.

But there was no chance of a Triple Crown winner this year as Rich Strike owner decided not to race the Preakness but instead to focus on preparing for the Belmont Stakes in June. A Triple Crown win requires winning all three races.

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

At last year’s race, Rombauer outperformed the main contenders Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit, a surprise for the 11-to-1 horse.

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