Preakness Results 2019: Finishing Times, Payouts List and Video Highlights

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 2019

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - MAY 18: 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. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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War of Will upset betting favorite Improbable to win the 2019 Preakness Stakes on Saturday. Jockey Tyler Gaffalione made the most of his Pimlico debut to finish ahead of Everfast and collect the $900,000 share of the $1.5 million purse for finishing first.

It was just reward after a victory achieved by 1 and 1/4 length, with a finishing time of 1:54.34, according to Claire Crosby of BloodHorse. Meanwhile, Improbable could only finish sixth, with Owendale able to show ahead of Warrior's Change and Laughing Fox, who also earned prize money.

NBC Sports showed how War of Will conquered the decisive final stretch:

NBC Sports @NBCSports

Today was the day for War of Will! https://t.co/Qf8ylTY4xe

Here's the race in full:

Final Results (Horse, Jockey, Trainer and Payout)

1. War of Will; Tyler Gaffalione; Mark E. Casse ($900,000)

2. Everfast; Joel Rosario; Dale Romans ($300,000)

3. Owendale; Florent Geroux; Brad Cox ($165,000)

4. Warrior's Charge; Javier Castellano; Brad Cox ($90,000)

5. Laughing Fox; Ricardo Santana Jr.; Steve Asmussen ($45,000)

6. Improbable; Mike Smith.; Bob Baffert 

7. Win Win Win; Julian Pimentel; Michael J. Trombetta

8. Bourbon War; Irad Ortiz, Jr.; Mark Hennig

9. Signalman; Brian Hernandez Jr.; Ken McPeek

10. Anothertwistafate; Jose Ortiz; Blaine Wright

11. Alwaysmining; Daniel Centeno; Kelly Rubley

12. Market King; Jon Court; D. Wayne Lukas

13. Bodexpress; John Velazquez; Gustavo Delgado


Betting Payouts (Win, Place, Show)

War of Will ($14.20, $7.40, $5.40)

Everfast (N/A, $32.00, $14.40)

Owendale (N/A, N/A, $6.00)

Exacta (1-10): $947.00

Trifecta (1-10-5): $4,699.80

Superfecta (1-10-5-3): $51,924.00

Making quick work of a fast track defined how War of Will saw off the competition in Baltimore:

Jay Privman @DRFPrivman

Winning Beyer Speed Figure of 100 for War of Will in the Preakness, per Team Beyer.

The performance already has trainer Mark Casse looking ahead to Belmont:

Jay Privman @DRFPrivman

Casse said just now "right now I'd say there's an extremely good shot we'll be there" regarding the Belmont for Preakness winner War of Will

War of Will has to be considered a strong contender after the way the three-year old powered home at Pimlico. It's true the field favored him somewhat due to the absences of Kentucky Derby winner Country House through illness and Maximum Security following his disqualification and injury at Churchill Downs.

Even so, there's no denying how impressive War of Will looked on Saturday. Trainer Mark Casse was unapologetic about seeing his horse triumph against supposedly weakened competition, per Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press (h/t The Washington Times): "This is the Preakness. We just won the Preakness. I really don't care who was in it."

Gaffalione applauded the Colt's desire to win and also saluted his good fortune: "He's got so much heart. We always knew he had the ability. We just had to get a little bit lucky, and today was our day."

Gaffalione admitted luck was on his side.
Gaffalione admitted luck was on his side.Paul Morigi/Getty Images

Casse's show of defiance aside, as well as any luck Gaffalione may have been grateful to receive, War of Will's case was also helped by Improbable's early struggles out of the gate.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sat Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith on Improbable but still saw the horse rebel at leaving the starting gate. Once settled, Improbable ran well but never hit high gear when it counted.

Bourbon War, who generated late buzz ahead of events on Saturday, per the Associated Press (h/t USA Today Sports) could only finish eighth. However, trainer Mark Hennig is optimistic about the future:

Mark Hennig @Hennigracing

Bourbon War came back in good shape, better days ahead!

It was a different story for Bodexpress, who threw jockey John Velazquez coming out of the gate, before going on to run alone:

John Velazquez @ljlmvel

For the reporter who asked me if I had any chance of staying on... Thank you ⁦@ChadBHarmon⁩ for the picture https://t.co/MtzXqrcWKA

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

A rare sight at the Preakness. Jockey fell off in the beginning. Horse just by itself. https://t.co/vfFDgOADb7

Bodexpress' bizarre journey to the finish line contributed to a race that may not have been as controversial as events in Louisville earlier this month, but it was almost as dramatic. Ultimately, War of Will ended things as a deserving winner.


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