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Filly Secret Oath runs hard and finishes fourth in Preakness – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — Secret Oath made another impressive move from the back of the pack but failed to close the gap.

The filly, who won the Kentucky Oaks a few weeks ago, finished fourth in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes in a tough field of eight colts. The pace wasn’t nearly as fast as the Kentucky Derby, and Secret Oath charged ahead before the final corner and kept going – reaching the finish line behind the sole winner, Early Voting, Epicenter and Creative Minister.

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“The factions were so slow it was hard to shut them down,” said 86-year-old Hall of Fame coach D. Wayne Lukas. “She put on a big, sweeping run. It wasn’t her day.”

Secret Oath was struggling to become the seventh filly to win the Preakness and second in three years after Swiss Skydiver in 2020. She got off to a decent start but didn’t have the speed to catch some of the horses winning the could be best 3-year-old males in the country.

“She broke like she should but everyone was everywhere,” said jockey Luis Saez. “She made her move, but when we got to the end of the track, the winner just kept going. It was a tough race.”

REFUND WARRANTY

Creative Minister’s owners raised $150,000 to get him into the Preakness after he wasn’t nominated for the Triple Crown. Third place brought them $181,500 – justifying the extra investment.

“He ran a really good race,” said Kenny McPeek, who owns 10% of the horse with his wife. “He showed that he deserved to belong. Considering his lack of experience, he was fantastic.”

The creative minister beat a much smaller competition on the day of the Kentucky Derby.

SIMPLIFICATION ATTACKS

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After finishing fourth in the Derby, Simplification finished sixth in the Preakness and ran into unforeseen trouble. Coach Antonio Sano said Simplification bled during the race.

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“He never bled,” Sano said. “It was the first time.”

This is the second year the Triple Crown has banned the use of Lasix, a drug given to prevent lung bleeding that can also act as a diuretic.

WHAT IF?

Lukas won a $100,000 stakes race on the Preakness undercard with Ethereal Road at Sir Barton. Ethereal Road was the horse whose late exit from the Kentucky Derby enabled eventual winner Rich Strike.

Ethereal Road’s late comeback victory made even the legendary trainer doubt himself.

“We probably should have left him in the derby, but that’s looking back,” Lukas said. “We can definitely build on that.”

Lukas apologized to Epicenter trainer Steve Asmussen for taking Ethereal Road out of the derby in the 11th hour after Rich Strike overtook the track favorite two weeks ago to win at odds of 80-1.

That was little consolation for Asmussen after Epicenter finished second again in a Triple Crown race.

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