War of Will wins Preakness featuring riderless running horse


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.

Bodexpress, in the No. 9 stall at Pimlico Race Course, was loaded in crooked, and when the gates opened, he came out wrong, immediately throwing Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez to the track.

Bodexpress opted out of having a jockey early in the race but continued to be a strong contender.

Here's video of the incident.

Velazquez insisted after that he was completely fine after being violently thrown from the horse. Luckily, Velazquez avoided any serious injury.

Two weeks after being cut off as he took aim at the lead in the Kentucky Derby, War of Will has his win in a Triple Crown race and trainer Mark Casse has his first Preakness Stakes victory.

Racing to the win was War of Will who got a solid ride from young jockey Tyler Gaffalione.

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War of Will broke from the 1 post at Pimlico and when the rail opened up in the stretch, he sneaked through and took the shortest way home to the wire in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

If filing a lawsuit wasn't enough, Gary West challenged Country House, War of Will, Long Range Toddy, and Bodexpress in a 20 million dollar Kentucky Derby rematch.

Javier Castellano, who was on board Warrior's Charge in the Preakness, had better fortune this time in the Grade 2 rated contest for three year olds which was run over a mile and half a furlong.

It set off a chain reaction that resulted Maximum Security being disqualified and placing 17th. The same applied to favored Improbable, whose pre-race dance turned into a sixth-place finish.

The Bob Baffert-trained Justify was the last to win the Triple Crown, taking the trophy last year, but with Country House's omission from Pimlico because of an illness it is not up for grabs this year. "I've had horses that try to win". "Very happy for the horse".

It's also a breakthrough for Gaffalione, who has become something of a rising star since being named top apprentice rider in 2015.

Anything can happen at the Preakness Stakes, including a riderless horse running the race. "He was not sitting really well", Velazquez said. "I can't even put it into words". "Very happy for the horse, he deserved it more than anything else". With the sport in turmoil after the deaths of 24 horses at Santa Anita Park since December 26 and an ongoing quarrel over the future site of the Preakness, Casse's first Triple Crown victory is a tale of redemption for him and the horse even if he doesn't want to call it that. More than 6,000 grandstand seats were cordoned off because they were deemed unsafe, and a water main break disrupted preparations for the event and left a lack of running water on race day.