The 148th annual Preakness Stakes Saturday at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland ended with Bob Baffert’s National Treasure beating out Mage. It’s the second horse race in the annual Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing along with the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes.
The event comes after eight horses died at Churchill Downs, which hosts the Kentucky Derby, and just hours after one of Baffert’s other horses was euthanized.
Despite the challenges, improvements in testing courses and checking for horse injuries have helped calm tensions on the field, according to horse racing analyst Barry Abrams, host of ‘The Far Turn’ podcast.
“I’ve seen some of these improvements with my own eyes, but it’s never enough,” he told WTOP. “And clearly one is too many and a lot still needs to be done.”
Kentucky Derby winner Mage lost the chance at being the first Triple Crown champion in five years.
“I would bet against Mage here,” Abrams said. “I just don’t think he’s going to get the setup he got in Kentucky.”
Check out photos of the event below.