Horse Racing

Rich Strike yes, Preakness champ Early Voting no for Belmont

BALTIMORE (AP) Twelve hours before Early Voting won the Preakness, Kentucky Derby champion Rich Strike was back on the track at Churchill Downs to begin preparations for the Belmont Stakes. (MORE)

Early Voting holds off Epicenter to win Preakness Stakes

BALTIMORE (AP) Maybe extra rest isn't such a bad thing for a racehorse after all.

In the Preakness Stakes that was run without the Kentucky Derby winner because Rich Strike's owner felt he needed more time off after his 80-1 upset, Early Voting validated a gutsy decision to skip the Derby and aim for the second leg of the Triple Crown. (MORE)

Filly Secret Oath runs hard to finish fourth in Preakness

BALTIMORE (AP) Secret Oath made another impressive move from the back of the pack, but couldn't close the gap.

The filly who won the Kentucky Oaks a couple of weeks ago finished fourth in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday in a tough field featuring eight colts. The pace was not nearly as fast as the Kentucky Derby, and Secret Oath charged ahead before the final turn and kept going - reaching the finish line behind only winner Early Voting, Epicenter and Creative Minister. (MORE)

Epicenter a close second again after frustrating Preakness

BALTIMORE (AP) Epicenter was the horse closing strong at the end this time, making up ground on the leader in the final stage of a Triple Crown race.

It wasn't enough. The favorite finished second - again. (MORE)

Early Voting holds off Epicenter to win Preakness Stakes

BALTIMORE (AP) Early Voting held off hard-charging favorite Epicenter to win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, validating the decision to skip the Kentucky Derby and aim for the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Early Voting stalked behind the leaders for much of the race before moving into the lead around the final turn. He finished 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Epicenter, who finished second like he did in the Derby. (MORE)

Preakness updates | Early Voting tops Epicenter in Preakness

BALTIMORE (AP) The Latest on the 147th running of the Preakness Stakes (all times local):

7:15 p.m. (MORE)

Early Voting crosses the finish line first at the Preakness Stakes

BALTIMORE (AP) Early Voting crosses the finish line first at the Preakness Stakes.

Analysis: Early Voting's bit of rest will help in Preakness

(AP) -- If Epicenter runs his race, he's going to win the Preakness.

It's really that simple. By just about any measure, the Steve Asmussen-trained, Joel Rosario-ridden Epicenter is the clear class of the field for the second leg of the Triple Crown series. He was installed as the morning-line favorite and he'll be the post-time favorite at 7 p.m. Saturday, probably by a considerable margin. (MORE)

Interstatedaydream wins Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico

BALTIMORE (AP) Interstatedaydream's owner and trainer decided to skip the Kentucky Oaks two weeks ago. That paid dividends at the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Friday.

With jockey Florent Geroux aboard, the well-rested filly was able to hold off race favorite Adare Manor down the stretch and win the $250,000 Grade 2 race by 1 \\ lengths. (MORE)

Preakness tradition Alibi Breakfast back after 2 years off

BALTIMORE (AP) The Black-Eyed Susan cocktails were flowing, D. Wayne Lukas was telling jokes and things finally felt fully back to normal at Old Hilltop.

While the Kentucky Derby winner isn't at the Preakness, the tradition of the Alibi Breakfast returned Thursday to Pimlico Race Course after a two-year absence because of the pandemic. The event has evolved from its origins in the 1930s but still brings owners, trainers and other horsemen together for chicken and waffles in the kind of relaxed, lighthearted atmosphere the second jewel of the Triple Crown is known for after the intensity of the Derby. (MORE)