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Red Bullet
winner of the Preakness Stakes

Preakness Results

Dateline: 05/20/00

Red Bullet shot down heavy 1-5 favorite Fusaichi Pegasus' Triple Crown hopes winning the Preakness by 3 lengths. Many were disappointed when trainer Joe Orseno and owner Frank Stronach opted to pass on the Kentucky Derby with Red Bullet but their strategy worked wonderfully for the lightly raced colt. Fusaichi Pegasus showed he was not the super horse everyone had thought after his masterful Derby win finishing a well beaten second. In his defense, he was pinched back at the start and raced wide throughout. When Red Bullet cut inside him around the turn and accelerated down the stretch, Fusaichi Pegasus just couldn't make up enough ground. Derby third place finisher Impeachment again rallied up for third in the Preakness.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 4   Red Bullet         Bailey          14.40    3.20  2.80
 7   Fusaichi Pegasus   Desormeaux               2.60  2.20
 3   Impeachment        Perret                         3.60

Winning Time:  1:56.04
Track condition:  good

$2 Exacta 4-7            24.00      
$2 Trifecta 4-7-3       115.80
$1 Superfecta 4-7-3-6   235.50
Results Chart

Odds on favorite Fusaichi Pegasus in the post parade. His trainer Neil Drysdale said: "He couldn't handle the track. That's the way I saw it, that's the way Kent saw it. I guess he could have been equipped with stickers, but they only seem to help a certain kind of horse on a certain kind of track and you don't know if that kind of track is there. It was a greasy kind of track and he just couldn't go with it. He was squeezed a bit, but I don't think that hurt his chances at all. I think he just couldn't handle the track. If he comes out of this race all right, he'll go to New York."

Eventual winner Red Bullet in the post parade. His owner Frank Stronach said: "Horses are not machines and this one got hooked in a speed duel in his last start (the Wood Memorial). When horses go that fast, it's hard to get a distance. So we decided to skip the Derby and aim for this race. What went through my mind when he won the race was that we made the right decision."

Red Bullet making his winning move just inside Fusaichi Pegasus who is on the far outside.

Red Bullet alone on the lead. Photo courtesy of Brandon Benson

Another view of Red Bullet winning. Photo courtesy of Tina Hines

Owner Frank Stronach with Red Bullet in the winner's circle.

Stronach with the Woodlawn Vase.

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