Before the main event is run at the 2012 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday, there is a full day of racing action. There are already a handful of races in the books before the second leg of the Triple Crown gets underway and I'll Have Another attempts to make a mad dash for the most elusive title in sports.
The first race for the day was five furlongs on the turf, with a purse of $45,000. Varsity took home the winner's purse, Agnostic placed and Night Officer was able to show.
The second race had a purse of $25,000 and was one and one-sixteenth miles on the dirt. Baileys Beach took the top spot.
Race three was the biggest race so far for the day, with a purse of $150,000 in the Gallorette Handicap. Zagora (from France) edged out Speak Easy Gal in the one and one-sixteenth miles on the turf in a race restricted to fillies and mares. According to the official Pimlico website, Zagora's jockey, Javier Castellano, had this to say about the win:
"It worked out really good today. It was a great performance. The pace was pretty fast today. She didn't break that good. I was a little concerned about that, but the bottom line is that it worked out great. They spread out and I saved all the ground, and she finished great."
In another 1 1/16 on the dirt in race four, Paynter held off Brimstone Island and Respectful Ed to take the $50,000 purse in a showing of three-year-olds.