It was beginning to look like Pimlico's darkest day.
The 123rd running of the Preakness Stakes yesterday was marred by a power outage at the racetrack, and if not for an exciting victory by Kentucky Derby winner Real Quiet and the possibility of horse racing's first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978, the day might have been a total disaster.
Maryland-trained jockey Kent Desormeaux guided Real Quiet to the outside entering the final turn and then breezed by favored Victory Gallop to win the second jewel in the Triple Crown. Real Quiet ran the 1 3/16 miles in 1 minute, 54 4/5 seconds and paid $7 to win. Victory Gallop held second, and Classic Cat was a close third.
Trainer Bob Baffert became the first trainer to win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in consecutive years, and it was the first time that the same horses finished first and second in both races since 1989.
Desormeaux said that he never had a doubt that the horse had enough left to win.
"I saw Victory Gallop in front of me, and I said to [Real Quiet], 'That's the horse to beat. Let's go,' " Desormeaux said.
"This horse was one of the best-kept secrets," Baffert said.
"Today, he just inhaled them."
Pub Date: 5/17/98