National Treasure crowned winner of the 148th Preakness Stakes – NBC Chicago
The second jewel in the Triple Crown was won by National Treasure.
National Treasure won the 148th Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Md., edging out second-placed Blazing Sevens and third-placed Mage.
National Treasure, starting from the #1 post position, essentially led the entire 1 3/16 miles of the race, with Blazing Sevens (#7 post position and 9-2 odds) making it interesting when of the final thrust. The two horses even contacted each other at the end in a last ditch attempt to gain influence, but National Treasure held off the competition for victory.
Jockey John Velazquez, from Puerto Rico, will collect $990,000 for the win, with the total purse being $1.5 million. For comparison, the Kentucky Derby’s total purse was $3 million. The win also marked Velazquez’s first victory in the Preakness. The Hall of Fame jockey has already won three Kentucky Derbies and two Belmont Stakes.
Coach Bob Baffert also recorded his eighth win at Preakness, his last since 2018. It’s also his 17th total in the Triple Crown series.
Mage, winner of the 2023 Kentucky Derby, entered Saturday’s race as the favorite, but finished third after failing to cover any ground during the main pushes on the track, especially the last one which saw Mage and the jockey Javier Castellano winning at Churchill Downs.
Following the Preakness is the Belmont Stakes, which will take place June 10 at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY The Belmont is the third and final gem in the Triple Crown Series and is a mile and a half long, the longest of the trio.