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War of Will wins the 144th Preakness Stakes, but Bodexpress stole the show

The 2019 edition of the Triple Crown continues to be a bizarre one.

After the most controversial finish in Kentucky Derby history just two weeks ago, we saw yet another fascinating turn of events in the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes, as Bodexpress (20-1) managed to finish the entire race without a jockey.

War of Will (4-1) came away with the victory in an unofficial time of 1:54.34, but all eyes were on Bodexpress from start to finish.

Right out of the gate, Bodexpress tossed hall of fame jockey John R. Velazquez and continued to run the entire race jockeyless.

Here he was right in the thick of things in the middle of the race, keeping a safe position on the outside:

And the entire race from start to finish, where you can see War of Will’s victory and Bodexpress winning stealing our hearts:

I’m no racing steward, but I think that official impeded on Bodexpress on the home stretch. Call it in.



Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

4 Comments for War of Will wins the 144th Preakness Stakes, but Bodexpress stole the show

  1. RealCatsFan
    10:49 pm May 18, 2019 Permalink

    That may have been the most entertaining horse race in history.

  2. makeitstop
    7:30 am May 19, 2019 Permalink

    LOL that was awesome! I blame this on the banks… they started the trend w ATMs in the 80’s, banking without people 24×7; next thing u know we have pilotless aircraft, drones, then driverless Uber cars, and McDonald’s wants to go without cashiers and just automate… now we have JOCKEYLESS RACING! In the triple crown. Think of the labor savings… of course the jockey union will have a thing or two to say about that!

  3. unbridled
    10:04 am May 19, 2019 Permalink

    I can’t believe Velazquez fell off. That sucks.

    • RealCatsFan
      1:22 pm May 19, 2019 Permalink

      I guess that means Bodexpress truly was “unbridled”. 🙂