Preakness Day 2016 Results, Payouts, Photos
Preakness Day 2016 Results, Payouts, Photos: A total of eight stakes races rounded out the festive card in addition to the 141st Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 21, 2016. Mizz Money won the Stella Artois Gallorette, Marengo Road won the James Murphy, Justin Squared won the Chick Lang, Lady Shipman stayed tough in the Very One Stakes, Always Sunshine won the Sagamore Spirit Maryland Sprint Handicap, American Freedom won the Sir Barton Stakes and Takeover Targer hits the mark in the Longines Dixie. To top off the dreary wet day at Pimlico, Exaggerator won the Preakness Stakes with jockey Kent Desormeaux.
Exaggerator Wins Preakness Stakes
Exaggerator and jockey Kent Desormeaux won the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course and handed Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist his first defeat. Avenging his loss in the Kentucky Derby (GI) to Nyquist, Exaggerator captured the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, while Nyquist disappointed fans hoping for another Triple Crown bid by finishing third.
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Exaggerator’s Preakness Payouts and Order of Finish
5 Exaggerator $7.20 $3.20 $2.40
1 Cherry Wine $9.80 $4.20
3 Nyquist $2.20
2 Uncle Limo
4 Awesome Speed
9 Abiding Star
Takeover Target Hits Mark in $250,000 Longines Dixie
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s homebred Takeover Target rallied from last to first with a determined stretch run to reel in Ring Weekend and win the 115th running of the $250,000 Longines Dixie (G2) by a neck Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
It was the third career graded-stakes win for the 4-year-old Harlan’s Holiday colt and second stakes victory of the day for jockey Joel Rosario, who also captured the $100,000 The Very One with Lady Shipman.
Takeover Target ($9) ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.76 over a turf course rated good. Ring Weekend stayed up for second, a half-length in front of 2-1 favorite Grand Arch. Laurel Park-based Captain Dixie, a 14-1 long shot, was a head back in fourth.
First run in 1870, the Dixie was the first win from four 2016 starts for Takeover Target, who won three of six races last year including the Hill Prince (G3) and Hall of Fame (G2).
American Freedom Gutsy Winner of $100,000 LARC Sir Barton
Putting his heart as well as his talent on display, Gary and Mary West’s American Freedom fought off challenges from start to finish to win the $100,000 Latin American Racing Channel Sir Barton Stakes by a length Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
The 19th running of the 1 1/16-mile Sir Barton for 3-year-olds was the second stakes victory of the day for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, following the $100,000 Chick Lang, also for sophomores, with Justin Squared.
Baffert, who will go for his record-tying seventh victory in the 141st Preakness Stakes (G1) with Collected, won the Sir Barton in 2015 with Fame and Power.
American Freedom ($4.60), sent off as the 6-5 favorite in a field of 10, tracked early pacesetter Fearless Dragon through a quarter-mile in 23.47 seconds before taking over the top spot after a half in 47.50.
From there, the bay Pulpit colt turned away bids from Donegal Moon to his outside approaching the lane and then Voluntario along the rail in mid-stretch for his first stakes victory in three lifetime starts. The winning time was 1:44.85 over a muddy main track.
Voluntario finished second, 1 ¼ lengths in front of late-running Dazzling Gem. Owned by Steve Landers Racing, Dazzling Gem had been under consideration for the Preakness before trainer Brad Cox opted for the Sir Barton.
Mizz Money Narrow Winner of Stella Artois Gallorette
Making her debut on the Pimlico Race Course turf, L.T.B. Inc. and Hillerich Racing Inc.’s homebred Mizz Money emerged from a three-horse photo with a head victory in the 65th running of the $150,000 Stella Artois Gallorette (G3) on Saturday.
Trained by Bernie Flint, Mizz Money ($11.80) stalked pacesetting Josdesanimaux through six furlongs, edged away to a short lead in mid-stretch and held off late bids from 70-1 long shot Vielsalm and Heath for her second graded-stakes victory.
The winning time over a good turf course was 1:45.93 for 1 1/16 miles. Vielsalm was second, a nose ahead of Heath with Flying Tipat closing late for fourth.
Winner of the Pucker Up (G3) last August at Arlington Park, the 4-year-old Mizzen Mast filly earned her second straight narrow victory following her nose win in the New Orleans Ladies Stakes March 26.
It was the fourth career Gallorette victory for jockey Javier Castellano and second straight, following Watsdachances in 2015. He also won with Zagora in 2012 and Ozone Bere in 2006.
Marengo Road Wins Turf Return in $100,000 James W. Murphy
Back on turf for the first time since last fall, Harry and Tom Meyerhoff LLC’s Marengo Road opened up in the stretch and held off late-running Aquaphobia for a 1 ¼-length triumph in the seventh running of the $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes.
Ridden by Julien Pimentel for trainer Mike Trombetta, Marengo Road ($33.80) sat within striking distance of pacesetting Ousby through six furlongs before separating from his rivals after turning for home, running one mile in 1:39.04 over a turf course rated good.
Favored at 5-2 in a field of nine 3-year-olds, Aquaphobia closed fast on the far outside for second, 2 ½ lengths in front of Conquest Windycity.
Marengo Road, a son of Quality Road, became a stakes winner on multiple surfaces in the James Murphy, having captured the Miracle Wood Stakes over Laurel Park’s main track Feb. 15. Fourth in the Private Terms to 141st Preakness Stakes (G1) entrant Abiding Star, he missed a scheduled start in the Federico Tesio Stakes April 9 with a fever.
In his previous tries on grass, he was second in a 7 ½-furlong maiden event last summer at Delaware Park before graduating with a 1 ¾-length triumph going one mile Sept. 20 at Laurel.
Justin Squared Stays Perfect in $100,000 Chick Lang
Zayat Stables’ Justin Squared kept his perfect record intact with a gate-to-wire, two-length victory in the seventh running of the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert for Zayat Stables, who teamed up to win the 140th Preakness Stakes (G1) with American Pharoah en route to the 2015 Triple Crown, 4-5 favorite Justin Squared ($3.60) ran six furlongs in 1:11.41 over a muddy main track.
It was the third victory in as many starts, all in front-running fashion for Justin Squared, a speedy son of Grade 1-winning sprinter Zensational, who debuted with a 5 ½-length maiden victory last fall at Del Mar. This year, he won a six-furlong optional claiming allowance April 21 at Los Alamitos.
Counterforce rallied from last to finish second, two lengths ahead of 45-1 long shot Formal Summation. Fourth-place finisher Big Louie D was disqualified for interference on the far turn and placed last of seven.
Justin Squared is named for Zayat’s son and racing manager, Justin Zayat, and the stable’s bloodstock manager, Justin Casse. Baffert, who is slated to saddle Collected in the Preakness later Saturday, saddled 2013 Chick Lang winner Zee Bros for Zayat Stables.
Lady Shipman Too Tough in $100,000 The Very One
Ranlo Investments’ well-traveled multiple-stakes winner Lady Shipman made a triumphant return to Maryland with a commanding 2 ¼-length victory in the $100,000 The Very One Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
Heavily favored at 2-5 and carrying co-highweight of 122 pounds in a field of 12 fillies and mares, Lady Shipman ($2.80) rated behind front-running Everything Lovely after breaking from the far outside, took over the lead turning for home and sprinted clear to win in 57.85 seconds for five furlongs on a turf course rated good.
It was the 11th win from 15 lifetime starts and ninth stakes victory at six racetracks for Lady Shipman, who improved to 5-0 at the distance including a triumph in the Stormy Blues Stakes last April, her only previous trip at Pimlico.
Lady Shipman has now won three of four starts this year and two straight since running seventh as the favorite in the Al Quoz Sprint (G1) against males March 26 in Dubai, the only off-the-board finish of her career.
Runner-up behind Ageless’ track record-setting performance in last year’s The Very One, Joya Royal closed late to finish a head in front of Exaggerated for second.
Always Sunshine Breaks Through in Sagamore Spirit Maryland Sprint Handicap
On a cloudy and cool Saturday afternoon, Always Sunshine broke through with his first career graded-stakes victory in the $150,000 Sagamore Spirit Maryland Sprint Stakes (G3) at Pimlico Race Course.
The 30th running of the Maryland Sprint for 3-year-olds and up was the first of eight stakes and four graded stakes on a spectacular 14-race Preakness Day program at Pimlico Race Course.
Bred and owned by Gilbert Campbell’s Stonehedge Farm and trained by Ned Allard, the same connections that will run Abiding Star in the 141st Preakness Stakes (G1) later Saturday, Always Sunshine took the lead from Cinco Charlie in mid-stretch and pulled away to a 2 ½-length victory in 1:10.49 over a muddy main track.
It was the fifth career win, third in as many tries over an off track and second in a stakes for Always Sunshine ($5.80), second choice in a field of seven at 9-5 under regular rider Frankie Pennington. The bay West Acre colt was second in the Tom Fool (G3) March 12 at Aqueduct in his only previous attempt at graded company.
All Star Red was second, two lengths ahead of 50-1 long shot Rockinn On Bye. Grade 1 winner Salutos Amigos, the 6-5 favorite who entered the race 7-for-7 on off tracks, was a non-threatening fifth.
Preakness Day 2016 Results, Payouts, Photos by David Joseph, Pimlico.
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