After the 145th Kentucky Derby, the horses will be competing for the "middle jewel" at the second leg of the Triple Crown race on the Baltimore Pimlico circuit on Saturday night, but this is an unusual circumstance for this year's race .
Maximum Security, who crossed the finish line two kilometers from Country House at Derby, was disqualified when the officials decided that the horse was out of his lane, resulting in a pursuit by the owners and a first Place for Country House, the No. 2 paver.
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Country House, however, will not participate in the Preakness; his coach, Bill Mott, cited medical reasons.
This is the first time since 1996 that the winner of the Kentucky Derby will not participate in the Preakness, excluding any attempt to capture the Triple Crown by a horse.
The winner of the 144th race of the genre will be decorated with yellow daisies and black flowers called "Black-Eyed Susans", representing the colors of Maryland, and the colors of the winning jockey will be painted on the wind vane of the track on their return the gallery. for a special honor and to receive a smaller replica of the Preakness trophy, the original being kept elsewhere.
The race dates back to 1873.
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Improbable was preferred, 3-1, to win the Preakness race, beating 5-2 in the morning program. In addition to being the favorite of the Kentucky Derby, he finished fifth and ranked fourth after the disqualification of Maximum Security.
Chances will continue to fluctuate until the end of the match at 18:48.