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Updated Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 3:05 PM CT
The Preakness Stakes
What: The 144th running of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown. The race, which is 1 and 3/16 miles, features 3-year-old thoroughbreds.
Where: Pimlico Race Course
May 19, 2019
Wacky start to Preakness - Bodexpress throws jockey
War of Will won Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, but Bodexpress -- a horse that finished out of the money – was the story everybody was talking about.
Bodexpress threw his jockey immediately after leaving the gate – and ran riderless - the rest of the way. At one point he caught up with the pack during the big event at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course.
“You've got to be careful because some of them try to win,” legendary trainer Bob Baffert told the AP3 about such runaway horses. “I've had horses that try to win. They actually run a great race sometimes.”
Although it doesn't usually happen in a Triple Crown race, this isn't the first time a horse has thrown his rider.
''I've seen everything. I've seen that, yeah, of course,'' Baffert said. ''I had one that did it. I was a heavy favorite a while back that did it. I never had one before and it happened to me this year. I thought I'd seen everything.''
Veteran jockey John Velazquez wasn’t hurt when he took the fall. After the race, Velazquez spoke about what happened.
“When the doors opened, I was off right from the start. He kind of jumped sideways,” Velazquez said. “I had my feet out of the irons so I lost my balance then, I went off.
"When you come in here to a big race and then things like this happen with the horses, it's disappointing," Velazquez said.
Video on NBC appeared to show a handler inside the gate still in contact with Bodexpress when the gate opened, possibly explaining why the horse bucked. The handler is seen gesturing in frustration at the bad start.
2019 Preakness Stakes Results, Payouts
Win: No. 1 War Of Will (6-1)
Place: No. 10 Everfast (25-1)
Show: No. 5 Owendale (7-1)
Bodexpress was placed last and officially gets a did-not-finish.
Staff - All Access Sporting News
Source: AP; NBCSports; AASNSports; AASNNews
The Preakness Stakes or what is often called "The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans" is the second-leg of horse racing’s “Triple Crown.” The event is always held on the third Saturday in May and takes place Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.
Pimlico Race Course Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Race Type: Thoroughbred
Distance: 1-3/16(9.5 furlongs)
Track: Dirt, Left-handed
Weight: Colt/Gelding: 126 lb (57.2 kg)
Filly: 121 lb (54.9 kg)
Purse: US$1 million
Number of Horses In Race
The field is limited to 14 horses.
List of Triple Crown winners
1919 Sir Barton
1930 Gallant Fox
1937 War Admiral
1943 Count Fleet
1977 Seattle Slew
2015 American Pharoah
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