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Uncle Mojo surges in final turn for comfortable win in Preakness' sixth race

Morning-line favorite Uncle Mojo pulled ahead on the final turn and cruised to victory in the sixth race on Preakness Day.

A 1-2 favorite, Uncle Mojo hung back behind pacesetter Deal Driven for much of the 1 1/16-mile allowance race. But as the field of eight 3-year-olds and above turned into the homestretch, Uncle Mojo separated with ease.

It was just the second career win for the Todd Pletcher-trained colt in seven races. John Velazquez was aboard the 4-year-old, who paid $3.00.

Deal Driven faded over the final quarter-mile, with Belfour finishing second and Hollywood Strike in Third, paying $3.00 and $2.40, respectively.

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