Race 1: Jockey Julian Pimentel rode Magic Cash to victory in the first of 12 races on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. Phlash Phelps took second and Relentless Ride finished in third in the 1 1/6-mile race. The winner finished in 1 minute, 44.98 seconds.
Originally set for turf, riders raced on dirt due to Friday’s rain.
Race 2: Lunar Rock and jockey Sheldon Russell won the Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap, finishing with a time of 1:44.51. No Brakes placed second for the second consecutive year, while Regal Warrior took third.
Race 3: Saddling Romp City, jockey Horacio Karamanos rode the rail to victory in the 1 1/6-mile race, which was moved from turf to dirt. Karamanos made a stretch run to pull away from second-place finisher Going to Market, rode by Victor Carrasco, and third-place finisher Tom Kitten, rode by Orlando Bocachica.
Saturday’s race was the second running of the $55,000 Xpressbet purse race.
Race 4: Jockey Victor Espinoza had a warmup before saddling California Chrome in the the Preakness Stakes race. He rode Majestic Hussar to victory in the LifeBridge Health Good Neighbors Race, finishing with a time of 58:46.
“Well, it's a good start at least,” Espinoza said. “It’s always good to win before the big race.”
Espinoza and Majestic Hussar, who came in with 8-5 odds, beat out Silvertonguedtommy and Awesome Arceno, who placed second and third respectively.
Race 5: Happy My Way and his trainer Joe Bravo stormed out to an early lead and never looked back, dominating the six-furlong Maryland Sprint Handicap with a time of 1:09:21.
Lemon Drop Dream placed second in the six-horse race, while Service for Ten came in third and Sneaking Uponyou came in fourth. Happy My Way, a 4-year-old gelding owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank's Sagamore Racing, came in as the 6-5 favorite and cruised to victory.
Race 6: No. 7 horse Ageless and his jockey Luis Garcia won the day’s first race on turf. They ran The Very One Stakes with a time of 58.91 in one of the day’s closer finishes.
Perfect Measure placed second, Quality Lass came in third and Jewel of a Cat ended up in fourth. Fifteen horses raced in total, and the pack remained relatively tight throughout.
Race 7: Trainer Derek Ryan joked that he was due for a win on Preakness Day, and jockey Javier Castellano gave him one with a victory aboard Meadowood in the fifth running of the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes.
Second-place finisher Brewing led for the majority of the six-furlong dirt race before Meadowood closed in to finish first with a time of 1:10.11. Prudhoe Bay ended the race in third.
“Everything went perfect, according to plan,” Ryan said.
Race 8: Wallyanna was in second place for most of The James W. Murphy Stakes. Yet in the final two furlongs, the horse and his jockey, Javier Castellano, surged in front of Open the Bank to finish with a time of 1:39.09.
Open the Bank placed second, while Thunder Strike and Allstar came in third and fourth, respectively. Wallyanna’s odds were 8-1 coming into the mile race. Castellano won his second-straight race.
Race 9: Somali Lemonade and Daydreamin Gracie were neck-and-neck in The Gallorette Handicap, but once the field made the turn for the final stretch, Watsdachances crept up, finishing in second place just short of Somali Lemonade, jockeyed by Luis Saez.
“She gives me everything,” said Saez, who clocked in at 1:44.16.
Triple Arch placed third in the 63rd running of the $150,000 race.
Race 10: Class Leader and jockey James Graham came from behind to win The Sir Barton Stakes, completing the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:43.79. He's a Chance held an early lead, but Life in Shambles, Six Spot and Sea View Chico came back to take second, third and fourth, respectively.
Race 11: Utley and his jockey Edgar Prado trailed for most of the race, but pulled ahead in the final five seconds to win one of the day’s more tightly contested events. Utley, coming in on the outside, defied 8-1 odds to seize first place with a time of 1:43.88.
Hey Leroy placed second and Chamois came in third in the 113th running of the $400,000 Longines Dixie Stakes.
Race 12: Preakness: The anticipation surrounding the 139th running of the Preakness came to an end with the Kentucky Derby winner and 3-5 favorite California Chrome winning the race, keeping his hopes at the Triple Crown alive.
Saddled by jockey Victor Espinoza, California Chrome began in the No. 3 post position, cruising in third place for most of the 1 3/16-mile race. But once the chestnut colt made the final turn, he kicked into high gear, finishing the race in 1:35.65 ahead of second place Ride on Curlin and third place Social Inclusion.
Next for California Chrome is The Belmont Stakes on June 7, with a shot of becoming the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.
“New York, here we come,” trainer Art Sherman said.
Race 13: Sir Sidney started out strong. But going around the final turn of the 6-furlong race, the horse experienced a little traffic, falling back to third. Luckily a late charge gave him and jockey Sheldon Russell the victory in the final race of the 2014 Preakness weekend.
Orlando Bocachica rode Nevsky to a second place finish and Julian Pimentel saddled Negrito for third.
The victory was Russell’s second of the day.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun