Early Voting Wins Preakness Stakes: NPR

Jose Ortiz at the top of Early Voting wins the 147th round of the Preakness Stakes horse race at the Pimlico Race Course on Saturday in Baltimore.

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Jose Ortiz at the top of Early Voting wins the 147th round of the Preakness Stakes horse race at the Pimlico Race Course on Saturday in Baltimore.

Julio Cortez / AP

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

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

Epicenter, who had also been favored to win the Kentucky Derby, came into the race Saturday with 6 to 5 odds, while Early Voting had 7 to 2 odds.

It was the second Preakness victory for owner Seth Klarman. “Winning once was like life’s dream, and winning twice is unimaginable,” he said.

He and his trainer, Chad Brown, decided not to run early voting in the Kentucky Derby, giving the horse more rest. They will likely sit out of the Belmont Stakes in June.

“We thought he needed a little more spice, the extra rest would help him. He’s pretty easily run, only three races before today,” Klarman said after the race. “As it turned out, it was the right call because the pace of the Derby was a bit suicidal. So he probably would not have done so well. So we would do right by the horse and we are so glad we waited. “

The fight for the Triple Crown started in Kentucky earlier this month with a huge uprising. Underdog Rich Strike came from behind to win at the last minute with an 80 to 1 longshot.

But there was no chance of a Triple Crown winner this year as Rich Strike’s owner decided not to run at Preakness, instead concentrating on preparing for the Belmont Stakes in June. A Triple Crown victory 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 outshined top competitors Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit, which was a disruption to the 11-1 horse.

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