A crowd of 95,760 was on hand at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for the 135th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1), a 1 3/16 mile trip for 3-year-olds and the second jewel of racing's Triple Crown. Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver was sent off as the 9-5 choice in the field of 12 over Kentucky Derby 6th place finisher Lookin at Lucky at 5-2 and Derby 3rd place finisher Paddy O'Prado at 7-1.
First Dude was sent to the front by jockey Ramon Dominguez and he set uncontested fast fractions of 22.91, 46.47, and 1:11.22 while Super Saver sat about 1 1/2 lengths back and to his outside the whole way. New jockey Martin Garcia kept Lookin at Lucky out of trouble in fifth 4-wide down the backstretch. First Dude continued to lead into the stretch, getting the mile in 1:36.26, but Lookin at Lucky, still 5th midway around the turn, quickly surged to the front by 1/2 a length at the 1/8 pole. Lookin at Lucky inched away from First Dude through the final 1/16 to win by 3/4 length in a time of 1:55.47 over the fast track. It was just a head back from First Dude to 12-1 Jackson Bend third. Favorite Super Saver encountered heavy traffic throughout, was steadied at the 3/16 pole and faded late to finish 8th beaten 11 3/4 lengths at the line.
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