Bodexpress runs entire Preakness without jockey

Bodexpress runs entire Preakness without jockey

Jockey Tyler Gaffalione celebrates before entering the winners circle after riding War of Will #8 to win the 144th Running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. Stripped of the victory by race stewards for interfering with other horses, Maximum Security came out of the Run for the Roses with abrasions on his hind legs.

The race started with a bit of chaos when jockey John Velazquez fell off Bodexpress as the horses ran out of the gate.

Maximum Security, the first horse to the wire in the Kentucky Derby on May 4, isn't in the Preakness field either. Velazquez dusted himself off and said he was fine afterward, but Bodexpress ended up running the race before getting derailed around the 1/4 pole by the outriders.

Social media quickly became ablaze with praise and awe for Bodexpress, which has a more likely chance of becoming a household name than the actual Preakness victor, War of Will. Maximum Security, whose owner has filed a lawsuit over the disqualification, also skipped the Preakness, as did the third and fourth horses across the line, Code of Honor and Tactitus.

"The Preakness is going to be a completely different game, a completely different kind of horses", Centeno said.

Fellow locally-based Preakness contender Improbable, who was sent off as the 5-2 post time favorite, was scheduled to return to Churchill Downs on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET. We go in and fix it, and I guess, what they're telling me - the engineers - the pressure and everything, it takes so much time to build up, clogged, it's just old infrastructure. "I've had horses that try to win".

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The 2019 Preakness Stakes has arrived, and it has a different feel than in previous years.

The Stakes aren't usually as well-attended as the Derby but remain a monumental event on the horse-racing calendar, even if this year's running was assured not to include a potential Triple Crown victor. I'm really very confident in him. The victor of the Derby wasn't even there, and another favorite was scratched as well.

While War of Will was the technical victor of the 2019 Preakness, it's clear that the real victor, at least in our hearts, is Bodexpress, the horse that made a decision to run the race without a jockey.

"The horse broke well, " Gaffalione said following his first Triple Crown triumph. I just wanted a fair shot.

"To be honest I didn't know until (War of Will) pulled up and they started yelling, 'loose horse, ' " Gaffalione said.

"He just got mad and reared up, " Baffert said of Improbable's antics in the starting gate. He deserved it most of all.

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