Rachel Alexandra proved the doubters wrong going wire to wire to win the 134th Preakness by ¾ of a length over a fast-charging Mine That Bird, the Kentucky Derby winner. The victory marked the first time a filly had won the Preakness in 85 years.
The filly went off as the 9-5 favorite, slightly above the 8-5 figure on the morning line. Mine That Bird closed fast down the stretch to finish a strong second and show his victory in the Kentucky Derby as no fluke. Jockey Calvin Borel now has won the first two legs of the Triple Crown on different horses, having ridden Mine That Bird to a 6¾ length victory two weeks ago in the slop at Churchill Downs.
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Lucky’s Race & Sports Books had a prop bet of +1500 (15-1 odds) that Mine That Bird will win the Triple Crown and -2700 (1-27) that he won’t. Mine That Bird, now ridden by Mike Smith, was listed at 6-1 going from the 2 post. Musket Man finished third as he did in the Derby. Flying Private was fourth.
Rachel Alexandra paid $5.60 to win. The trifecta (13-2-3) paid $216.20 and the superfecta (13-2-3-10) was worth $2,903.80 for a $2 ticket.
Around town, the Suncoast in Summerlin will handed out $2,000 over seven drawings during Saturday’s race card at Pimlico. Race and sports manager Eddie Ricca said that there would be six $250 drawings starting at 2 p.m. The big drawing for $500 will take place five minutes after the Preakness results are declared official. “I like the family tie with Musket Man, the girl Rachel and Papa Clem,” Ricca said.
The M Resort will again had in-race wagering and prop bets similar to two weeks ago for the Kentucky Derby. Race and sports supervisor Mike Colbert said that in-race wagering was taken all the way up to when the horses reach the 16th pole. The props involved Rachel Alexandra vs the field (Rachel +170, field -200) and the Rachel-Pioneerof The Nile combo vs the field (-110 both ways).
“We expect an even bigger handle for the Preakness,” Colbert said. “The people who were here for the Derby and experienced in-race wagering now know it’s available for other races. A lot of people were interested to see if the filly can beat the boys.”
The victory by Rachel Alexandra also marked the first time a horse running out of the 13 post had won the Preakness.
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