Preakness Results 2019: Twitter Reaction to 144th Race from Pimlico

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2019

War of Will, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, crosses the finish line first to win the Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)
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After a controversy-fueled finish to the Kentucky Derby, there was less drama deciding the winner of the 2019 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday.

War of Will earned the victory in the 144th running of the event.

NBC Sports @NBCSports

From the middle of the chaos of the #KYDerby, to the winner of the #Preakness. War of Will takes the second jewel of the Triple Crown. https://t.co/MzXHpj0GPr

The colt started on the rail but quickly fell behind Warrior's Charge, Market King, Anothertwistafate and Alwaysmining. The order basically stayed the same down the backstretch, and Warrior's Charge emerged from the final turn up front.

But that's where War of Will made his charge.

Tyler Gaffalione rode the colt to the Preakness victory, outracing Warrior's Charge while holding off late surges from second- and third-place finishers Everfast and Owendale.


War Of Will and @Tyler_Gaff go into the winner’s circle #Preakness. https://t.co/830X7vH4H8

But you couldn't be faulted for losing focus; Bodexpress stole the attention of many viewers at the moment the race started.

Why? He threw off the jockey.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Bodexpress tried to win Preakness without a jockey 😂 https://t.co/lBRbxCORdW

During a post-race interview on NBC, Bodexpress riderwell, momentarily, at leastJohn Velazquez said the horse wasn't behaving well in the gate. Though the Hall of Fame jockey didn't mention it, the starter seemingly had a hold on Bodexpress.

Jayne Miller @jemillerwbal

Bodexpress tossed his jockey right out of the gate at Preakness. Jockey is ok. Horse kept running https://t.co/n9VdWrmbim

Perhaps it might not have ultimately affected War of Will's triumph, but Velazquez simply never had a chance Saturday.

Though disappointing for the team, some viewers will more likely remember Bodexpress' solo ride than War of Will's win.

Joe Tansey @JTansey90

I have no idea which horse won the #Preakness. I just watched the jockey-less horse the entire race.

Everfast—who had morning-line odds of 50-1, per TwinSpires—raced to second and brought a bit of a financial boon.

The Number 55 @Number55Sports

144th Preakness Stakes payouts (via @TwinSpires): (1) $14.20 win $7.40 place $5.40 show (10) $32.00 place $14.40 show (5) $6.00 show $1 Exacta 1/10 $473.50 $1 Superfecta 1/10/5/3 $51,924.00 $1 Trifecta 1/10/5 $4,699.80

However, race favorite Improbable bucked in the gate and was never much of a contender during the race. A victory would've given Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a record eighth win at the Preakness Stakes, but Improbable finished sixth.

Instead, the praise went to War of Will, Gaffalione and trainer Mark Casse, who secured his first-ever Triple Crown victory.


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