In a light rain and on a sloppy track at Pimlico Race Course, favorite Hill Shadow snuck past Beeks down the stretch to win.
Hill Shadow, trained by Robin Graham with Xavier Perez up, paid $3.60 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.10 to show. Beeks, with Jorge Vargas riding, paid $7.20 to place and $3.40 to show. Flash Attack, with Sheldon Russell up, paid $2.10 to show.
One of the pre-race favorites, Autostrade, scratched before the race. Taco Supream also scratched, leaving a six-horse field. With four of the five turf races moved to the main track, a number of scratches were expected.
Conjecture, trained by Noah Abramson of Howard County, breezed to victory on the sloppy track in a $52,000 allowance race. It was the filly’s fourth victory in nine starts since Abramson began training her. Conjecture also has three second-place finishes over that span.
Uncle Mojo pulled ahead on the final turn and cruised to victory.
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.
Fire Away showed his mettle in the mud, pulling ahead of a tight pack of contenders to win the Dixie Stakes by ¾ of a length.
He paid $4.60 to win. Unbridled Juan, who had a narrow lead going into the backstretch finished second, paying $2.60. Just Howard, who was running neck-and-neck with Unbridled Juan until the stretch, came in third.
With Girls Know Best’s win in the The Very One Stakes, it was another race, another win Saturday at the Preakness.
The 4-year-old filly trained by Eddie Kenneally and ridden by Javier Castellano earned her ninth career win in 15 starts over the 5-furlong race, besting seven other horses. The even-money favorite paid $4.00 to win at Pimlico Race Course.
Pretty Perfection finished second in the race, which is usually run on turf, and paid $5.40. Third-place Anna’s Bandit paid $5.80.
More than a half hour after Justify moved one step closer to the Triple Crown, another favorite ended Preakness Day with a win.
In the 14th overall race Saturday, Iredell and jockey Edwin Gonzalez claimed an allowance race in the fog at Pimlico Race Course. It was the ninth victory in 36 career races for the Jamie Ness-trained gelding.