Preakness Stakes Results
The 2019 Preakness Stakes
The 2018 Preakness Stakes
The story of the 2018 Preakness Stakes started with Justify, and ended in the heavy fog due to rain as Justify slopped his way down the Pimlico stretch to prevail by a half-length over a fast-closing and rapidly gaining Bravazo. Not rain, mud, slop of fog could keep Justify from romping to keep his undefeated record (5-0) and Triple Crown hopes intact.
Justify broke to the front and never let up, as he engaged in a match race with Good Magic, who was on his heels for most of his trip. Slower than the sloppy track at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby due to sticky mud, veteran jockey Mike Smith kept Justify focused near the rail the entire trip over the soupy surface. Rain pelted the track for much of the day in Baltimore and continued into the race.
As the pace picked up leaving the half mile marker which Justify ran in :47.19, Smith coaxed his champion colt along leaving the three-eighths pole and emerged from the fog mid-stretch with a slim lead, running six furlongs in 1:11.42. Justify moved clear with about 70 yards to go and prevailed as the prohibitive 2-5 odds favorite to return $2.80 for the win.
The final 1 3/16 mile time was 1:55.93 and longshots Bravazo (15-1) finished second with Tenfold (26-1) a neck behind in third.
Trainer Bob Baffert won his record-tying 7th Preakness and his 14th Triple Crown jewel tied him all-time with his mentor D. Wayne Lukas.
The victory was worth $900,000 for Justify and his connections, who will send their Scat Daddy colt to Belmont with a chance to become the 13th Triple Crown winner in horse racing history. While the cameras were barely able to catch the action on the track at Pimlico due to heavy fog. Camera flashes will be going off in early June at the Belmont Stakes as Justify continues his crusade as America’s superstar on the race track.
Chad Brown may have found a way to game the system after all. The frustration of a new shooter entering the ranks midway through the Triple Crown series is there for old school horse players, who are always looking to preserve the sanctity of the sport and cheer for the potential of a sweeping legend. That’s not going to come this year.
Cloud Computing was last out as an afterthought ahead of the 2017 Kentucky Derby where he had recently finished third in the Wood Memorial and was runner-up in the Gotham. At no point did we deem him a threat to take the derby, and he didn’t…because he didn’t compete.
Fully rested and hovering as a distant outsider with 13/1 odds, Cloud Computing settled early in to third place as Always Dreaming and Classic Empire took the field out as the 6/5 favorite and 2/1 second choice. The field hit fractions of :23.16, :46.81 with 1:11.00 ticked off at the three-quarter pole. The top four remained unchanged with longshot Term of Art keeping pace despite long 45/1 odds of his own.
Around the final turn, things started to unravel as Classic Empire surged to the frong with a beautiful slingshot move that buried Always Dreaming. Classic Empire looked to be clear and away, but Cloud Computing rallied to close the gap and devoured the backstretch to stretch out at the wire by a head. In short, it was a perfect race submitted at the perfect time by a horse who peaked at the perfect time.
With a final time of 1:55.98, the 2017 Preakness Stakes winner delivered $28.80, $8.60 and $6.00 across the board. Classic Empire was second with $4.40 and $4.00 to place while Senior Investment stormed to take third at 30/1 odds worth $10.20 to show.
Lookin At Lee and Gunnevera finished in the money at fourth and fifth, with Multiplier and Conquest Mo Money trailing behind.
By far the most disappointing run was that of Always Dreaming, the 2017 Kentucky Derby winner who saw his Triple Crown hopes dashed in an instant around the final bend. “We were in the position we expected to be, and I think the turnaround was a little too quick,” said Always Dreaming’s trainer, Todd Pletcher, who also indicated after the race that the Derby winner scoped clean and came back to the Pimlico stakes barn in good order. “He ran so hard in the Derby and today just wasn’t his day.”
Mild controversy boiled to the forefront with Brown shipping in a very talented new shooter who could have very well run in the Kentucky Derby.
Brown addressed that critique head on. “I’m not going to dispute the fact that I brought in a fresh horse as part of our strategy,” Brown revealed. “Our horse is very talented, too. Classic Empire and Always Dreaming are two outstanding horses and our strategy was, if we were going to ever beat them, let’s take them on two weeks’ rest when we have six, and it worked.”
Following a runner-up finish in the 142nd annual running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) to Nyquist, Exaggerator and trainer Keith Desormeaux were out for revenge in the Preakness Stakes (G1).
Tabbed as the second favorite at 5-2 odds, Exaggerator flipped the script on Nyquist, ending his Triple Crown quest, and winning the Preakness over runner-up Cherry Wine by 3 1/2 lengths. The 3-5 odds-on favorite Nyquist finished third.
Rallying from eighth near the three-quarter mark, Exaggerator would take the lead by 1/2 lengths in the stretch and eventually go on to cross the finish line in a winning time of 1:58.31
Exaggerator’s winning time was nowhere near history making; in fact, only one horse won the Preakness Stakes in a slower time than him since 1957 — American Pharaoh in 2015 (1:58.46). Secretariat officially holds the record for the fastest Preakness Stakes at 1:53.00, which he set in 1973.
The Preakness win was the first for trainer Keith Desormeaux and Big Chief Racing, but it was the third for jockey, and Keith’s brother, Kent Desormeaux. Kent previously won the Preakness Stakes on top of Big Brown in 2008 and Real Quiet in 1998.
Desormeaux joins a prestigious group of jockeys who have won three Preakness Stakes. The list includes Bill Hartack, Gary Stevens, George Barbee, Lloyd Hughes, and Victor Espinoza with three apiece. Pat Day (5) and Eddie Arcaro (6) are the only two jockeys to have won four or more times.
“I can’t fathom it,” said Kent Desormeaux. “It’s going to take a while. I’m in shock right now. I think Nyquist had company all the way around the course and stayed really wide, and I had a dream trip today. I was on the fence and they all stayed wide.
“With these turns you want to paint the fence. We did, they didn’t and—not for nothing—knowledge is power.”
Exaggerator paid $7.20, $3.20, and $2.40 across the board. Runner-up Cherry Wine returned $9.80 and $4.20, while Nyquist paid $2.20 to show.
Full Results of the 2016 Preakness Stakes are below:
- Cherry Wine
- Uncle Lino
- Awesome Speed
- Abiding Star
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