Early voting won 147th running the Preakness Stakes, the second stage of the Triple Crown thoroughbred racing.
Epicenter finished second in the competition, held at Baltimore’s Pimlico Racecourse. The Minister of Creation was third.
Early voting was among the favorites and came out with a 5-1 chance.
Epicenter was the top favorite on the nine-horse field, with a 6-5 chance at the morning line. Two weeks ago, the horse, coached by Steve Asmussen, finished second in the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the Triple Crown.
Of course, the big story of the day was the horse not participating in the race: Rich Strike, the winner of the Long Shot Derby. The horse, which came out 80-1 in the Kentucky race, was prevented from running in the Preakness. Rich Strike coach Eric Reed told the New York Times, “I saw how unprepared I would be mentally ready to run in two weeks.”
However, Rich Strike is scheduled to appear in the Belmont Stakes, the third stage of the Triple Crown, on June 11th.
Preakness horses faced an additional challenge, namely high temperatures. Parts of the country are in the middle of a May heat wave, including Baltimore. Hours before the race, temperatures in the city of Maryland reached 94 degrees Fahrenheit, according to AccuWeather.