The racing card is stacked at Pimlico on Saturday well before the official running of the 2012 Preakness Stakes.
In the President of UAE Cup, the horses raced a one and one-sixteenth mile length on the dirt track. The race was limited to horses four years and up who are North American Arabian-bred and had a winner's purse of $75,000. First place went to T M Fred Texas, who edged out Grilla.
The fifth race of the day was five furlongs on the turf for a purse of $43,000. Wire Funds took the top spot in the race, Coach Fridge placed and Pendulum showed.
In the second six-figure purse of the day, the Chick Lang Stakes was six furlongs on the dirt that paid out $100,000 for Il Villano, owned by Chuck Russo. Trainer Susan Crowell had this to say, according to the official Pimlico website:
"I saw that they were going pretty fast and he sat exactly where I wanted him to. He made his one run on the turn for home, and we were very impressed the way he ran today. I was worried coming in, because he had his little vacation, but he had a couple of good works. We were hopeful. We’ll keep him short and probably head for the Jersey Shore at Monmouth Park."
In the seventh race, Clare Skies Ahead won a one and one-sixteenth miles race on the turf for fillies and mares, taking home $43,000 and beating out Happy Choice and Dixie Dear.