Here are the full race-by-race results from 2019 Preakness Day at Pimlico Race Course.
In Saturday’s first race, Shelly Island came away from the maiden claiming with her first career victory. With Jorge Ruiz aboard, the gelding outpaced Cyclobomb and Creative Artist.
The 5-furlong turf race saw favorite Fernwood Drive scratched through a trainer’s decision, while No Worries Mate was scratched, as well.
Shelly Island, owned by Virginia Equine, PLLC and trained by John E. Salzman Jr., paid $8.20 to win, $4.20 to place and $2.80 to show. Cyclobomb, with Julio Correa up, paid $8.40 to place and $5.40 to show. Creative Artist, ridden by Trevor McCarthy, paid $5.00 to show.
The 5-year-old gelding came from the middle of the pack in the final stretch of the 1 1/16-mile turf race for his second victory in as many 2019 races, living up to his status as the favorite.
Front Line Paige, jockeyed by Horacio Karamanos, also took advantage of the race’s late portion to finish second, with He’s One Wild Dude taking third.
Minister’s Strike paid $10.40 to win, $5.60 to place and $4.40 to show. Front Line Page paid $9.00 to show and $5.20 to place, and He’s One Wild Dude, with Sheldon Russell up, paid $9.00 to place.
Heavy favorite King for a Day came away victorious in his first race since November, winning the 1 1/16-mile Sir Barton Stakes.
In the day’s first race on the dirt track, jockey John Velazquez rode the colt in second for most of the race until turning it on around the final turn. It marked the second Sir Barton victory for trainer Todd A. Pletcher, the leading money winner of all-time.
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Filly Ying Yue, with Avery Whisman up, was the winner of the day’s first all-female race.
It was Ying Yue’s first win in five 2019 races and the first time she finished better than third since her maiden victory in December. In a crowded field, she beat out favorites Misty on Pointe, who finished third with Santana up, and Hip Hop, who Daniel Centeno rode to a second-place finish, in the 5-furlong turf race.
Ying Yue paid $21 to win, $8.40 to place and $5.40 to show. Hip Hop paid $3.60 to place and $2.60 to show. Misty on Pointe paid $3.80 to show.
English Bee finished half a length ahead of Real News to win the James W. Murphy Stakes.
The two colts entered the last turn of the 1-mile turf race with English Bee holding a narrow advantage, but he and jockey Jose L. Ortiz pulled away at the end. Fittingly, in a race named for a trainer who spent much of his career based in Maryland, Graham Motion, also based in Maryland, trained English Bee, as well as third-place finisher Shootin the Breeze.
English Bee paid $11.40 to win, $4.80 to place and $3.60 to show. Real News, with Joel Rosario riding, paid $3.60 to place and $2.80 to show. Shootin the Breeze, ridden by Velazquez, paid $4.20 to show.
Crowd surfing, bowties, hats, music and horses at the 144th Preaness infield. (Ulysses Muñoz, Jerry Jackson, Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun video)
It looked like a four-horse race early in the drive, but New York Central stayed on the rail and pulled away to win the Maryland Sprint Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths, setting a stakes record at 1 minute, 8.74 seconds.
The 6-furlong race had a field of six after Always Sunshine was scratched. Proforma, Lewisfield and Wentz seemed position to contend for victory, but New York Central, a gray colt, came away with his fourth victory in nine lifetime races. His jockey, Santana, got his first victory of Preakness Day after two second-place finishes while winning his third straight Maryland Sprint.
New York Central paid $6.60 to win, $3.60 to place and $2.40 to show. Proforma paid $4.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Maryland-bred Lewisfield paid $2.40 to show.
The result of Saturday’s Searching Stakes for fillies and mares was never in doubt, with Ickymasho (GB) cruising to a 3 1/4-length victory in the 1 1/2-mile race around the Pimlico turf.
A 1-2 favorite at racetime, the 7-year-old mare secured her 10th first-place finish in 40 lifetime runs, while Ortiz, her jockey, won for the second time in three races, with a second-place finish between.
Ickymasho (GB) paid $3 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Vevina paid $4 to place and $2.60 to show. Homeland Security paid $2.20 to show.
The gelding, a 4-5 favorite, led the entirety of the 6-furlong race, winning comfortably ahead of challenger Overdeliver. It marked Articulator’s first win since April 2018, going seven races between victories.
Articulator paid $3.60 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.10 to show. Overdeliver, with Velazquez up, paid $3.20 to place and $2.80 to show. Third-place finisher Dirtyfoot paid $3.60 to show.
The Very One Stakes for fillies and mares saw Wild About Star pass favorite Jo Jo Air in the drive to secure the mare’s sixth lifetime victory, winning by 1 3/4 lengths.
Jo Jo Air paced the 5-furlong turf race, with Wild About Star sitting in second, but jockey Centeno and Wild About Star finished strong to deny the filly her second win in as many races. Misericordia (GB) finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Jo Jo Air.
Wild About Star paid $12 to win, $5.40 to place and $3.80 to show. Jo Jo Air paid $3 to place and $2.40 to show. Misericordia (GB) paid $3.80 to show.
Mitchell Road went wire-to-wire to win the $150,000 Gallorette Stakes, beating the McCarthy-jockeyed Thewayiam (FR) by 2 1/4-lengths.
The filly has now showed in all seven of her lifetime races, with five victories. That includes four in a row, though Saturday’s marked her first with Rosario aboard. Viva Vegas, with Jose L. Ortiz up, was half a length behind Thewayiam (FR) to take third.
Mitchell Road paid $12 to win, $5.40 to place and $3.80 to show. Thewayiam (FR) paid $3 to place and $2.40 to show. Viva Vegas paid $3.80 to show.
Jose Ortiz’s third win of the day came with a comeback atop Lexitonian to narrowly capture the $200,000 Chick Lang Stakes.
Malpais and Gladiator King spent most of the 6-furlong race exchanging first place, but Malpais faltered in the drive as Lexitonian and Admiral Lynch soared to the front. Lexitonian finished a head in front of Gladiator King, with Admiral Lynch another head back.
With 17-1 odds, Lexitonian won after three straight finishes of fifth or worse and paid $36 to win, $15.80 to place and $9 to show. Gladiator King, who didn’t win for the first time in three races, paid $9.40 to place and $5.80 to show. Admiral Lynch paid $6.20 to show.
Catholic Boy spent much of the $250,000 Dixie Stakes dueling with Real Story, but he managed to hold off other challengers in the final stretch to win in his first race of 2019.
The 4-year-old ridgling hadn’t raced since November, with a 13th-place finish ending the three-race winning streak he had under Javier Castellano. It proved to be a winning combination once again Saturday, a day after Castellano won five races on Black-Eyed Susan Day, including the namesake event.
Real Story faded in the drive as Admission Office and Maryland-bred Just Howard, ridden by McCarthy and saddled by Motion, charged forward, but Catholic Boy had enough left after pacing most of the 1 1/16-mile turf race to finish the victory. He beat Admission Office by a half-length, with Just Howard a neck behind. Real Story finished fourth by a nose.
Catholic Boy paid $4.80 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Admission Office paid $5 to place and $3.80 to show. Just Howard paid $5.80 to show.
War of Will charged from the middle of the pack entering the drive to win the 144th running of the Preakness.
After an eighth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby in which they were tied up in a controversial finish, War of Will and jockey Tyler Gaffalione hung behind Warrior’s Charge, under Castellano, for most of the race. But when Gaffalione saw a hole, War of Will took advantage. Long shot Everfast finished second, with Owendale coming in third.
War of Will paid $14.20 to win, $7.40 to place and $5.40 to show. Everfast paid $32 to place and $14.40 to show. Owendale paid $6 to show.
After beginning his career with back-to-back fourth-place finishes, Firecrow ended Preakness Day with his maiden victory.
The 3-year-old colt beat out Maryland-bred Gnarly Mo, who was making his debut with Victor Carrasco up. Jockey Jose Ortiz finished his day with another show, guiding Enqueteur to his second straight third-place finish.
Firecrow, with Rosario up, paid $6.20 to win, $3.60 to place and $2.80 to show. Gnarly Mo paid $6.20 to place and $4.20 to show. Enqueteur paid $3 to show.