The Mare’s Secret Oath is running hard for 4th place in Preakness.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Secret Oath made another impressive move behind the pack but couldn’t close the gap.

The mare, who won the Kentucky Oaks a few weeks ago, finished fourth in the wild field with eight foals at the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. The pace wasn’t quite as fast as the Kentucky Derby, and Secret Oath rushed ahead before it was their last turn to move on. Only Early Voting, Epicenter and Creative Minister reached the finish line behind the win.

“It was difficult to execute because the fraction was so slow,” said 86-year-old Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. “She did a big, sweeping run. It was not her day.”

Secret Oath was competing to become the 7th mare to win the Preakness for the 2nd time in 3 years, following the 2020 Swiss Skydiver. She had a decent start, but she didn’t have the speed to catch a horse that could be a top three. – Three men in the country.

Jockey Luis Saez said, “She broke the way she was supposed to, but everyone was in place.” “She made her moves, but when we got to the top of the stretch, the winner kept going. It was a tough race,” he said.

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The owner of the Creative Minister raised $150,000 to enter him into the Preakness after he was not nominated for the Triple Crown. He finished third, earning $181,500. This justifies an additional investment.

Kenny McPeek, who owns 10% of the horses with his wife, said, “He ran a really good race. He showed that he deserved it. Considering his lack of experience, he was fantastic.”

Creative Secretary won much less competition on Kentucky Derby Day.

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After finishing fourth in Derby, Simplification finished sixth in Preakness and ran into unexpected trouble. Trainer Antonio Sano said simplification was bleeding during the race.

“He never bled.” Sano said. “It was my first time.”

This is the second year of the Triple Crown banning the use of Lasix, a drug that helps prevent pulmonary bleeding, which can also act as a diuretic.

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Lukas won the $100,000 stake race at the Preakness Undercard with Sir Barton’s Ethereal Road. Ethereal Road was a late withdrawal from the Kentucky Derby and was accepted by eventual winner Rich Strike.

Ethereal Road’s belated comeback victory made even the legendary trainer doubt himself.

“We should have left him in the derby, but that’s a belated thought,” Lukas said. “We can definitely build this.”

Lukas apologized to Epicenter trainer Steve Asmussen for taking Ereal Road out of the derby 11 hours after Rich Strike won the 80-1 win two weeks ago.

It was a small consolation for Asmussen after Epicenter finished second again in the triple crown race.

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