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No matter, it gave Stevens his third Preakness win to go along with the three Derbys and three Belmonts he’s won. Not bad for a guy coming back after a seven-year retirement.

“I can’t say that we thought we were going to win,” the 50-year Hall of Fame rider said, “but we knew we had a chance to win.”

The win was a big one for Calumet Farm, too, the iconic stable being revitalized by new owner Brad Kelley. The stable that produced Triple Crown champions Whirlaway in 1941 and Citation in 1948 won its first classic since Forward Pass took the Preakness in the 1968.

”They’re all special because they were with a different client,” Lukas said when asked to compare his Preakness wins. “The key is to get one every once in a while for the new guy. We’ve got a new guy in Brad Kelley at Calumet. And to know he was watching at home and put Calumet, who we all know that name, back on the front pages of the racing publications is very special.”

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