Epicenter goes into Saturday’s Preakness as the favorite and clearly the class of the nine-horse field. In a race without Rich Strike and no chance at a Triple Crown, there is still some buzz largely because of filly Secret Oath and that it will be a test of whether Epicenter can beat the heat that could approach a record high.
Thoroughbred racehorse trainer Jason Servis pleaded guilty to doping his stable of horses Friday, including the disqualified winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby, “Maximum Security.”
Lincoln Race Course was originally slated to debut its new, seven-furlong track in September. Officials hoped the new track, the largest in the state, would reignite a live horse racing scene in Lincoln that has been essentially dormant since 2012.
Two weeks after Rich Strike became the second-biggest long shot to win the Kentucky Derby, Fenwick could join him in the record books at the Preakness Stakes. The 50-1 shot also has as heartwarming a story and is as unlikely to be on the Triple Crown trail.
When horse-racing fans make their way into Pimlico Race Course on Saturday for the 147th Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, they should be walking by a statue of Spectacular Bid and touching it for luck — just as Baltimore Ravens fans do when they pass by Johnny Unitas’ statue at M&T Bank Stadium.
There won’t be a Triple Crown winner for the 42nd time in the past 44 years after owner Rick Dawson changed direction and opted not to enter Rich Strike in the Preakness off an 80-1 upset victory in the Kentucky Derby. That decision has reignited the old debate that the three Triple Crown races should be spaced out further.