Rain came down liberally this Saturday at Pimlico but the dour weather did nothing to diminish what turned out to be a thrilling URC Preakness. Fionia Holiday took an uncontested lead out of the gate which was somewhat surprising considering the numerous colts who had previously exhibited speed in past races. Fionia led the field through the slop past the half-mile marker and for a few moments, it looked like the son of Exaggerator was going to repeat his father’s achievement in the Maryland mud. However, at the three-quarters pole Princeofgladstone and Deckon Thar, who had been stalking several lengths behind Fionia, made their moves and surged forward. Princeofgladstone had the first jump and was driving for the wire but the big gray son of Arrogate plowed through the slop and keep coming. Eye to eye they dueled down the stretch with Deckon Thar getting the upper hand, however, his push to the wire would not be uncontested as Starter was burning up the track putting in a furious stretch run which came up just short. If the race had been run at 10-furlongs Starter would have been victorious and he proved me wrong demonstrating emphatically that he is maybe not a sprinter after all.
Princeofgladstone finished third and the longest shot in the field whom I did like in this race as a possible trifecta buster, Mr. Lentenor ran 4th. Fionia Holiday faded to 5th and did pick up a check for leading the field. URC Derby winner Yamaha finished 7th.
Deckon Thar earned a career-high 107 SP for his effort crossing the wire in 1:54.62. The Trifecta made $780.90, which is rather meaty considering all three of the finishers were from the group of five who were sent off at single-digit odds. Although the URC will not see a Triple Crown winner, they did get a chance to witness one heck of a horse race.