Published: Wed, May 22, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

War of Will wins 144th Preakness Stakes

War of Will wins 144th Preakness Stakes

"He wasn't behaving well", said Velazquez, who added he's fine and would not seek medical attention. Maximum Security was not entered in the race.

It set off a chain reaction that resulted Maximum Security being disqualified and placing 17th.

War of Will won Saturday at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course, but it was Bodexpress who stole the show after tossing Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez as soon as the gates swung open.

They did, and the center jewel of the Triple Crown managed to converse a nice, even redemptive narrative.

The remainder of the field, in order, was Win Win Win (7th), Bourbon War (8th), Signalman (9th), Anothtwistafate (10th), Alwaysmining (11th) and Market King (12th). Race Champion Horse Winx Wins "Australian of The Year 2018' Award. They actually run a great race sometimes". However, social media seems to have given its heart to Bodexpress, the jockey-less horse that ran through the race but was unable to win for obvious reasons.

Kentucky Derby victor Country House was not in the race due to an illness. "He got me against the wall in the gate, and obviously, when the doors opened, I was off right from the start and he jumped sideways, and I had my feet out and I lost my balance and I went off". Country House was installed as the Derby victor when stewards disqualified first-place finisher Maximum Security after the horse had interfered in his charge to the front.

Preakness favorite Improbable finished a disappointing sixth.

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The Preakness Stakes is the second leg of the Triple Crown that includes the Derby and the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in NY on June 8.

A 20-to-1 shot to win the Preakness, Bodexpress threw his jockey, John Velazquez, off right out of the gate.

It was the first Preakness run without the Kentucky Derby victor since 1996 - this time without the horse that crossed the finish line first and the long-shot Country House who was elevated to first after Maximum Security was disqualified for interference.

Velazquez said he was "good" after his frightening tumble coming out of the gate. "I'm not even calling it redemption".

"There are so many things that can go wrong in a horse race", Baffert said.

"I'm just so happy for Mark [Casse] and his team, they do a fabulous job", Gaffalione said.

Casse had plenty of words after the contentious situation at the Kentucky Derby that spurred a lawsuit from Maximum Security owners Gary West and a 15-day suspension handed down to jockey Luis Saez.

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