Saturday, May 21, 2005

Afleet Alex Wins Preakness Despite Scary Stumble

Afleet Alex won by 4 3/4 lengths, marking the fifth straight year the Preakness favorite won.

Preakness Finish

1. Afleet Alex ~ WIN
2. Scrappy T ~ PLACE
3. Giacomo ~ SHOW

4. Sun King
5. High Limit
6. Noble Causeway
7. Greeley's Galaxy
8. Malibu Moonshine
9. Closing Argument
10. High Fly
11. Hal's Image
12. Wilko
13. Galloping Grocer
14. Going Wild

In a miraculous recovery, Afleet Alex kept his balance after being knocked to his knees by Scrappy T at the top of the stretch and won the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo finished third, ending his bid to attempt a Triple Crown try in the Belmont Stakes. The frightening scene occurred as a full field of 14 3-year-olds turned for home. Scrappy T, ridden by Ramon Dominguez, went wide off the turn as the jockey was whipping left-handed, and the gelding drifted into the path of Afleet Alex, who was just behind.