Early voting keeps Epicenter from winning Preakness Stakes

The early vote kept hard-nosed favorites Epicenter from winning Saturday’s Preakness Stakes and confirmed the decision to skip the Kentucky Derby and aim for the Triple Crown second leg.

Early Voting trudged behind the leaders for most of the race before taking the lead at the final corner. He finished 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Epicenter who finished second as in the Derby.

The preakness was conducted without Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike after its owner prioritized the extra recovery over a chance to win the Triple Crown.

Early voting, which ended 5-1, gave Coach Chad Brown his second Preakness win. He is also owned by Klaravich Stables, which won the 2017 race with cloud computing.

Jockey Jose Ortiz won the preakness for the first time. He had never finished higher than fourth in the four previous races of the race.

Early voting took first place in a field of nine horses, including filly Secret Oath and three who came back after running in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago. Early Voting, a son of Gun Runner, won for the third time in four career races and took the winner’s share of $900,000 of the $1.65 million prize pool.

“He’s off,” assistant coach Baldo Hernandez said this week. “He’s in good shape.”

He was in good enough shape to deal with some adverse weather conditions. The 147th edition of the Preakness took place in record-breaking heat, with temperatures soaring into the 90’s by the time the horses entered the starting gate.

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Bobby Allyn

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