May 20, 2001 7:06 PM

After the hype at the Kentucky Derby and not producing a win there, Point Given, trained by Bob Baffert, won the 126th running of the Preakness Stakes (the second leg of the Triple Crown) Saturday afternoon in Baltimore.

Point Given won by 2¼ lengths over A P Valentine in front of a record crowd of 104,454 at Pimlico Race Course.

The win denied Derby winner Monarchos the Triple Crown. Monarchos finished fifth after a slow start in the race.

Reports around Las Vegas sports books had large crowds, but not as heavy as for the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago. At the Fiesta race and sports book, nearly every seat there was taken.

Point Given paid $6.60. A P Valentine paid $8.20 to place and Congaree, who finished third for the second consecutive time in the Triple Crown, paid $3.40 to show.

The exacta paid $81.40, the trifecta $279.00, and the superfecta $717.30.

The quiniela paid $27.10.

Point Given paid $5.00 to place and $4.00 to show. A P Valentine paid $3.40 to show.