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Jockey Gary Stevens celebrates aboard Skyring after winning the Dixie Stakes on the 2013 Preakness undercard.
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2013 Preakness Undercard Results

Date: 05/19/2013

The record 121,309 fans in attendance at Pimlico for the Preakness Stakes (G1) were treated to a marathon 13-race card with the first race off at 10:45am. Overcast skies and intermittent showers were the order of the day with temperatures near 70.

A field of 11 older horses went 1 1/8 miles on the turf in the $300,000 Dixie Stakes (G2). Imagining was sent off as the 2-1 favorite off an allowance win at keeneland. In to challenge him included 3-1 second choice Optimizer, second in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1), and 5-1 third choice Swift Warrior, winner of the Tampa Bay Stakes (G3).

Jockey Gary Stevens sent 24-1 Skyring to the lead first time by and he set fractions of 24.45, 48.32, and 1:11.98 over the firm course while stalked by 35-1 Humble and Hungry and Optimizer. Entering the lane, Skyring opened up a 2 length lead through 1 mile in 1:35.79. 11-2 fourth choice Willcox Inn rallied from 6th but Skyring held him off by 1/2 a length in 1:47.87. It was a head back to Optimizer third, while favorite Imagining was 10th.
Full results chart from DRF


Skyring in the winner's circle. Winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas said, "A lot of that goes unnoticed sometimes, when a horse has an affinity for a surface like that. And the turf was playing quick. It was obvious you could get out there and maybe hang on. When he's on his game, he's very, very good."



The $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (G3) featured a field of 5 older fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. 11-1 longest shot Daydreamin Gracie went to the lead and set fractions of 25.77 and 51.42 before 5-2 third choice Moon Philly took over on the far turn through 3/4 in 1:15.70. At the 3/16 pole, 8-5 favorite Summer Applause, who stalked the pace in second the whole way, took over and drew off to win by 2 lengths over 9-2 Sea Island in 1:46.54 over the fast track. It was another 3 lengths back to 2-1 second choice Brushed by a Star third.
Full results chart from DRF


Summer Applause heads to the winner's circle. Winning jockey John Velazquez said, "There wasn't much speed in the race. I wanted to stay reasonably close to the lead. I asked her for run in the last 1/4 mile and she responded well. We knew it was going to be a slow pace coming into the race. When I needed to move with her she gave me the run I asked for." Trainer Chad Brown added, " She was spotting everyone six pounds. I was worried about that when I was handicapping the race the last couple days. To really pull away like that and to run such a strong race against some nice fillies, giving weight, I'm really proud of her."



A field of 8 older fillies and mares contested the $150,000 Gallorette Handicap (G3) over 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Jockey Mike Smith sent 6-1 Pianist to the lead and she set fractions of 23.34, 46.65, and 1:10.54 over the firm course while stalked by 16-1 Silver Screamer. 9-1 Hard Not to Like, 3rd early, tried to close but Pianist drew away to a 2 3/4 length win in 1:40.60. It was another 1 1/4 lenths back to 8-1 Appealing Cat third, while 11-10 favorite Samitar was fourth.
Full results chart from DRF


Pianist heads to the winner's circle. Winning jockey Mike Smith said, "I planned to put her on the lead unless something happened at the break like yesterday with Emollient (who stumbled out of the gate) in the Black-Eyed Susan. She jumped away from the gate very well. Chad (Brown, trainer) told me before the race that we could win this if we did something a little unusual. I guess a 46-second half was a little unusual. This is the first time I've ridden for Chad, and I plan to ride another five years, so I hope to do this again sometime."



The $150,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap (G3) featured a field of 8 older horses sprinting 6 furlongs on the main track. 10-1 Manito set a fast pace of 22.84 and 45.77 while as many as 2 1/2 lengths in front of 37-1 longest shot Warrioroftheroses and 2-1 favorite Sage Valley. Into the stretch, Sage Valley took over from the tiring pacesetter, and drew off to win by 2 1/4 lengths over late-running 5-2 second choice Hardened Wildcat in 1:10.51. It was another 3 1/2 lengths back to 3-1 third choice Laurie's Rocket third.
Full results chart from DRF


Sage Valley in the winner's circle. Winning jockey John Velazquez said, "We had a perfect post position and we had a perfect trip. I thought there was plenty of speed in the race and if I could sit just off the lead and make a run down the lane that would be perfect. He responded just the way a horse should." Trainer Rudy Rodriguez added, "The race came up pretty tough. I was looking for a race in New York, but I'm glad I came to this one. He's had some issues so we have to take our time with him and he'll perform."



The $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes featured a field of 9 three-year-olds sprinting 6 furlongs on the main track. 3-1 second choice Zee Bros went to the lead and set fractions of 22.65 and 45.16 while stalked by 10-1 Bobcat Jim. Entering the lane, Zee Bros extended his lead to 4 1/2 lengths through 5/8 in 57.26, then finished up under wraps 2 1/4 lengths ahead in 1:10.72. It was a neck back to 9-1 Brave Dave third, while 5-2 favorite Undfrafted was fifth.
Full results chart from DRF


Zee Bros heads to the winner's circle. Winning trainer Bob Baffert said, "We've always been really high on this horse. His Derby Trial (6th place), he went real fast, the track was off and tiring. He got a lot out of it and we expected him to run a big race today. He didn't like the 2-hole. I said, ‘Don't worry, he's doing awesome.‘ When they are doing awesome you have to run them." Jockey Martin Garcia added, "He took me all the way throughout the race. I was really confident and when I asked, he took off."



A field of 10 three-year-olds went 1 mile on the turf in the $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes. 5-2 second choice Redwood Kitten went to the lead immediately and set fractions of 24.26, 48.74, and 1:11.19 while stalked by 52-1 Honour the Vow and 11-2 third choice Shining Copper. Redwood Kitten continued to lead into the stretch and was all out to hold off the closing Shining Copper by a length in 1:35.17. It was a long 3 lengths back to 2-1 favorite Notacatbutallama third.
Full results chart from DRF


Redwood Kitten in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Wesley Ward said, "I liked how the race unfolded. He got away with an easy first quarter and then it was just a sprint home. This horse is a lot better with a little bit more spacing between his races. That's why we didn't run two weeks ago at Churchill in the American Turf. He has really blossomed in the last couple weeks. I'll talk it over with the owners (Ken and Sarah Ramsey) about his next race. I know they're big on running at Churchill Downs so maybe there'll be something Stephen Foster weekend."

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