Early Voting is the winner of the 147th Preakness Stakes as the second leg of the Triple Crown took place on Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
Going off the board at 5/1, jockey Jose L. Ortiz rode the three-year-old thoroughbred to a clean win with trainer Chad Brown and owner Seth Klarman. The horse had a great pedigree and was bought for $1.75 million as a yearling, and that investment seems to have been a smart move.
Early Voting took the lead early and set the pace in the race doing a good job of holding off heavy favorite Epicenter who was looking to make a move up the rail down the stretch.
All focus in the horse racing industry now turns to the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 11. Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike will return to the track and attempt to win a the final leg of the Triple Crown. Early Voting could also make the trip to New York after not running in the Kentucky Derby. After consecutive runner-up finishes, Epicenter could also attempt to make another run at glory.