Early voting, at odds of 5 to 1, powered a near-record Heat to win the 147th Preakness Stakes by a length and a half. Jockey Jose Ortiz rode the horse to victory and Chad Brown is the winning trainer. The temperature was just below 90 degrees during the race at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, making Saturday’s race one of the hottest in Preakness history.
The favorite, Epicenter (7-5) and Creative Minister (10-1) finished second and third respectively. Epicenter, which placed second in the Kentucky Derby, has now finished second in each of the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
The Early Voting win was special on several fronts for owner Seth Klarman, whose horse Cloud Computing won the 2017 Preakness. The billionaire hedge fund manager turned 65 on race day and grew to just three blocks from Pimlico Racecourse.
Klarman and Brown were overwhelmed with emotion after Early Voting crossed the finish line.
“Cloud computing was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Klarman said after the race, “and now I have a second-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Ortiz, who took his first victory at Preakness, said it was Klarman’s post-race birthday present.
Rich Strike, who shockingly won the Kentucky Derby by odds of 80 to 1, didn’t have a chance to claim a triple crown by skipping Saturday’s race. Owner Rick Dawson announced May 12 that he had retired the horse for rest and recuperation purposes. Rich Strike is next scheduled to compete in the Belmont Stakes on June 11.
Preakness Stakes 2022 payouts
- 5 – Early voting TO WIN: $13.40 PLACE: $4.60 PIN UP: $3.60
- 8 – Epicenter PLACE: $2.80 PIN UP: $2.40
- 2 – Creative Minister: PIN UP: $4.20
$2.00 Exacta 5-8 $25.80
$1.00 Trifecta 5-8-2 $66.50
$1.00 Superfecta 5-8-2-4 $162.90