early voting jumped out of the gate Jose Ortiz in irons, stayed within reach of the early leader Armagnac and made his move on the final turn to capture 147th in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, just the fourth start of his career and first outside of the New York Aqueduct.
He started in 5th place at 5-1 in goal and paid $13.40 to win, $4.60 to place, and $3.60 to show.
Kentucky Derby runner-up Epicenter out of control and struggled through the home stretch but finished second for the second time in two weeks. He paid $2.80 per seat and $2.40 per show. Third place finisher Creative Minister paid $4.20 to show.
Trainer Chad Brown and owner Seth Klarman from Klaravich stables formerly united to straddle Prekness Winner 2017 Cloud computingwhich had a very similar path to the Pimlico winners’ circle, as did early voting.
Having broken his maiden in his first start last December, the son of the Horse of 2017 Gun Runner won the Withers Stakes (G3) in February and finished second in Wood Memorial (G2) in the beginning of April.
Since Klarman is a Baltimore native who grew up just a few blocks from Pimlico, it made sense to point the inexperienced colt to the shorter, less populous Preakness.
Thus early voting missed the Kentucky Derby, which was the second biggest upset in race history when 80-1 long shot rich strike won 148th race for roses.
Outsider fever gripped Preakness after such a historic Derby defeat, but Fenwickstarting at 50-1 and up to 9-1 at press time finished last.
Now all eyes are on the 154th Belmont Stake in New York, where Rich Strike will speak again.