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The 4-1 favorite going into the Kentucky Derby, Epicenter is now the overwhelming favorite for the second jewel of the Triple Crown. In his last five starts, he has finished first or second.
It looked like Epicenter had the race for the roses all but locked just before Rich Strike stormed in for the upset victory.
Given that the Preakness is 1/16 of a mile shorter than the Derby, however, trainer Steve Asmussen can rest assured his colt has what it takes to claim his fifth career win.
After skipping the Derby, the Early Voting team—including owner Klaravich Stables and trainer Chad Brown—has a Preakness Stakes victory in his sights. In that sense, the dark bay colt looks the same way as Cloud Computing, winner of Preakness in 2017, jumping the Derby to claim victory at Pimlico.
Cloud Computing and Early Voting are owned and trained by Klaravich and Brown respectively, and both raced in the Wood Memorial Stakes before opting out of the Derby.
In three career starts, Early Voting picked up two wins for a career payout of $321,500. If the three-year-old can pick up a win at Pimlico, he’ll almost double that; the winner’s share of the million dollar scholarship is 60%, or $600,000.
Fresh off a win at the Kentucky Oaks, the Secret Oath team are now hoping they can become the seventh filly to win the Preakness. However, it is not necessary to go back very far to find the latest: Swiss Skydiver in 2020.
In its last five starts, Secret Oath has won four times. The chestnut filly is trained by Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who tied a Kentucky Oaks record with his fifth victory this month.
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In his last race against Colts, the Arkansas Derby in April, Secret Oath finished third.
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