Jose Ortiz atop Early Voting wins the 147th operating of the Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, Could 21, 2022, in Baltimore.
Julio Cortez | AP Photograph
Early Voting held off hard-charging favourite Epicenter to win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, validating the choice to skip the Kentucky Derby and intention for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Early Voting stalked behind the leaders for a lot of the race earlier than transferring into the lead across the ultimate flip. He completed 1 1/4 lengths forward of Epicenter, who completed second like he did within the Derby.
The Preakness was run with out Kentucky Derby winner Wealthy Strike after his proprietor prioritized further relaxation over the prospect at successful the Triple Crown.
Early Voting, who went off at 5-1, gave coach Chad Brown his second Preakness victory. He is additionally owned by Klaravich Stables, which received the race in 2017 with Cloud Computing.
Jockey Jose Ortiz received the Preakness for the primary time. He had by no means completed larger than fourth in 4 earlier mounts within the race.
Early Voting completed first in a discipline of 9 horses, which included filly Secret Oath and three who got here again after operating within the Kentucky Derby two weeks in the past. Early Voting, a son of Gun Runner, received for the third time in 4 profession races to take the $900,000 winner's share of the $1.65 million purse.
“He acquired the day off,” assistant coach Baldo Hernandez stated this week. “He is in fine condition.”
He was in adequate form to deal with some adversarial climate circumstances. The 147th version of the Preakness befell in near-record warmth with the temperature hovering into the 90s by the point the horses entered the beginning gate.