Early voting overtook the betting favorite and Kentucky Derby runner-up Ground Zero to win the 147th Preakness Stakes on Saturday. Early voting trailed Armagnac 18–1 early in the race before taking the lead at the final corner. The epicenter attacked from the inside, but secured the same second place as at Churchill Downs. The Creative Minister took third place.
An early vote, managed by jockey José Ortiz, showed a 5-1 victory in the race, while Epicenter was the 6-5 favorite.
Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike did not run
Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike did not race on Saturday, which eliminated the chances of a Triple Crown winner this year. An 80-1 long-range shot was added in the last minute at the Derby pitch. Rich Strike’s team of owners and trainers never intended to ride a horse in Preakness and only thought about it after he had secured his chance to make history after a failed Derby.
Ultimately, his team decided that running in the Preakness was “not in the best interest of the horse.”
“After very careful consideration, Rich Strike’s owner and trainer has concluded that it is not in the best interest of the horse to participate in the Preakness,” trainer spokesman Eric Reed said in a May 12 statement to Sportzshala Sports. looking forward to returning to Belmont.”
The Rich Strike is scheduled to go to the Belmont Stakes on June 11th.