The full day of racing continues at Pimlico with just over an hour to go until post time for the 137th Preakness States. Hamazing Destiny won the the eighth race of the day, stalking in third place for much of the race until a late burst down the stretch captured the G3 Maryland Sprint Handicap. The D. Wayne Lukas horse edged Bandbox and Action Andy.
Lukas went back-to-back to win the ninth race of the day as well. Skyring, the No. 2 horse, won the James W. Murphy on the grass. Skyring is an English Channel colt, and he put together a strong trip with Joel Rosario aboard. Easy Crossing finished second while Mr. Handsome came in third.
The favorite in the 10th race was Absinthe Minded, another Lukas horse who many predicted would take the Dupont Distaff. But Bob Baffert spoiled Lukas's shot at a third stakes win, when his horse Awesomemundo beat out the field on the deep stretch to win it. Love and Pride came in second, followed by Catch a Thief. Baffert, however, will be looking for the big prize later with Preakness favorite Bodemeister.