The $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1) is the second jewel in the Triple Crown. A field of 12 three-year-olds contested this 1 3/16 mile trip around two turns at historic Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, on a sunny day with temperatures in the mid 70's before an on-track crowd of 95,760.
As expected, Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver was sent off as the 9-5 favorite, as the only horse still eligible to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner. In to challenge the Todd Pletcher trainee included 5-2 second choice Lookin at Lucky, last year's champion juvenile colt an unlucky 6th in the Derby last out after finishing 3rd in the Santa Anita Derby, and 7-1 third choice Paddy O'Prado, a late-closing 3rd in the Kentucky Derby after finishing second in the Blue Grass Stakes.
Down the stretch with First Dude, Lookin At Lucky, Jackson Bend, and Yawanna Twist from the rail out.
When the gate opened. 10-1 fourth choice Dublin in the far outside post, broke towards the outside rail and had to be steadied by new jockey Garrett Gomez to avoid colliding with the outrider, and trailed for the first 3/4 mile. 24-1 First Dude was sent to the front by jockey Ramon Dominguez and he set uncontested fast fractions of 22.91, 46.47, and 1:11.22 while Super Saver sat about 1 1/2 lengths back and to his outside the whole way. New jockey Martin Garcia kept Lookin at Lucky out of trouble in fifth 4-wide down the backstretch. First Dude continued to lead into the stretch, getting the mile in 1:36.26, but Lookin at Lucky, still 5th midway around the turn, quickly surged to the front by 1/2 a length at the 1/8 pole. Lookin at Lucky inched away from First Dude through the final 1/16 to win by 3/4 length in a time of 1:55.47 over the fast track. It was just a head back from First Dude to 12-1 Jackson Bend third. Favorite Super Saver encountered heavy traffic throughout, was steadied at the 3/16 pole and faded late to finish 8th beaten 11 3/4 lengths at the line.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show
7 Looking At Lucky Garcia 6.80 4.60 3.80
11 First Dude Dominguez 16.60 9.20
6 Jackson Bend Smith 6.60
Winning Time: 1:55.47
$2 Exacta 7-11 188.60
$2 Trifecta 7-11-6 2,771.00
$1 Superfecta 7-11-6-5 17,126.80
$2 Super High Five 7-11-6-5-12 61,014.40
$2 BE Susan-Preakness double 89.60
Left: Lookin At Lucky in the winner's circle. Co-owner Mike Pegram said, "You see these 5 people sitting up here (3 owners, trainer Bob Baffert, jockey Martin Garcia), you're looking at lucky. You can pick any one of us and all 5 of us are luckier now to have each other and have a horse like this. That was the true meaning of the name. The horse just keeps on showing how blessed we are. When Bobby puts a saddle on the horse, you're going to be confident. He wasn't going to lead him over here unless he was ready. There were a lot of similarities between this horse and Real Quiet. Coming into this run, we knew how good Lookin At Lucky was. We knew how good a training job he did going into the Derby. The day was about redemption, and we got it. This is a great sport we're in, but it's all about the horse."
Right: The trophy presentation with owner Mike Pegram holding up the trophy.
Left: Lookin At Lucky in the post parade. His jockey Martin Garcia said, “I knew the horse outside me (Jackson Bend) had a lot of speed, and I knew that I had to get close to the rail by the first turn, that’s what Baffert told me. I tried to save the most ground to the first turn. Bob told me after that just do whatever you want. I tried to save ground, and whenever I got a chance I wanted to go outside and I’d get them from there.”
Right: Lookin At Lucky heads to the test barn after the race.
Left: Lookin At Lucky returns to the stakes barn after leaving the test barn. His trainer Bob Baffert said, "This was more of a redemption win. This horse is such a warrior. He wants to win. He tries so hard. So I wanted to win it for the horse, you know, 'cause he tries so hard every time. I mean, the Derby, he had that rough trip. Santa Anita Derby, rough trip. I didn't want him to get hit. But, you know, every time he had those rough trips, he came back. He's got a great mind. He's a cool horse. He's just a really great athlete. His birthday is May 27th (youngest horse in the field). He's just starting to grow right now. I wasn't really thinking about the Belmont 'cause, you know, 1 1/2 miles can be pretty taxing on him for the rest of the year."
Right: Lookin At Lucky walks over to be saddled for the Preakness.
Left: Second place finisher First Dude returns after the race. His trainer Dale Romans said, “First Dude is a serious, confident, aggressive horse who can compete with the best. He ran super. Ramon said he didn’t want to give up the lead. He kept his path. He just couldn’t hold off the winner. I’ll talk to the owner and we’ll discuss whether to go 1 1/2 (for the Belmont)." Jockey Ramon Dominguez added, “He broke right where we wanted him to today. He ran really well. He just couldn’t quite get there, but we got close.”
Right: Third place finisher Jackson Bend in the post parade. His trainer Nick Zito said, “He ran good. At the 1/2 mile pole he comes running again. If we can get out, it's a different story, we win.” Jockey Mike Smith added, “To be honest, and I’m not taking anything away from the winner, but I think I was on the best horse today. I just had to wait for some room, but when I got it, it was in deep stretch, and it cost me. He ran dynamite.”
Left: Eighth place finisher and beaten favorite Super Saver in the post parade. His trainer Todd Pletcher said, "It would be hard to say that we were chasing too fast of a pace. I though Calvin gave him a perfect trip. Coming off a huge effort in the Derby, the two weeks was too short. When they went to the far turn, you could see that Calvin was squeezing and asking him to go get that horse, and he just couldn’t do it. He tried hard. Now we’ve got time to come back for a big summer." Jockey Calvin Borel added, “My horse broke sharp, right where I wanted. I let the other horse go, and I was right behind him. We went 23-and-change and 46-and-change. He just wasn’t able to get there today. I will win a lot of other races with this horse. He’s a good one.”
Right: The field shortly after the start of the Preakness with Super Saver and First Dude out front. You can see Dublin, who bore out at the break, far back and on the outside.
Triple Crown quick links:
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Review: Triple Crown Handicapper 2013 - by Jim Mazur. Includes lots of stats for all 3 races and explains how to use a system of statistically derived negative angles to eliminate the "bad" picks.
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