BALTIMORE (AP) — Battle of Will bounced again from a bumpy trip within the Kentucky Derby to win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, holding off a subject that included a riderless horse that threw his jockey out of the gate and nonetheless completed the race.
Coach Mark Casse received his first Triple Crown victory, with Battle of Will unbothered ranging from the within No. 1 put up place for the second consecutive race. Battle of Will was interfered with within the Kentucky Derby, which led to first-place finisher Most Safety being disqualified.
Bodexpress threw Corridor of Fame jockey John Velazquez simply out of the beginning gate however nonetheless completed the race. An outrider tried to swoop in on the high of the stretch and corral Bodexpress, however the horse sped up and handed a number of rivals close to the end line — and saved going. Technically, Bodexpress will get a did-not-finish.
Battle of Will made a transfer across the last flip led by jockey Tyler Gaffalione and didn’t relent down the stretch. Exhausting-charging late addition Everfast got here in second and Owendale third.
An inquiry was briefly put up on the board at Pimlico Race Course however rapidly taken down.
Casse, 58, entered a horse within the Preakness for the fifth time and got here closest two years in the past when Basic Empire completed second.
It’s additionally a breakthrough for Gaffalione, who has turn into one thing of a rising star since being named high apprentice rider in 2015. Gaffalione, 24, was aboard Battle of Will for the colt’s sixth consecutive race and got here away with the largest victory of his younger profession.
Bob Baffert-trained Unbelievable was crushed as the favourite for the second consecutive Triple Crown race.