National Treasure won the Preakness Stakes 2023 on Saturday. The derby, the second jewel of the Triple Crown, took place at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

Bob Baffert was making a return to the race course after serving a two-year suspension after his 2021 Derby winner Medina Spirit failed a post-race drug test. The legendary trainer got his eighth Preakness win when National Treasure beat Mage and other favorites.

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Baffert’s three-year-old colt Havnameltdown was euthanized ahead of the Preakness race on Saturday. He had a fatal leg injury.

“Winning this. losing that horse earlier really hurts. It’s been a very emotional day,” Baffert was visibly choking after the race. Seven horses have died at Churchill Downs in the 10-day period heading to the Kentucky Derby on May 7.

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“We just keep on moving forward. We have other horses to worry about. A lot of it is noise, so you keep the noise out and continue working,” Baffert added.

Mage, who won the Kentucky Derby this year, finished third. This means that there will be no Triple Crown winner for the fifth consecutive year.

National Treasure’s odds at Pimlico were 5-2. He had to keep Blazing Sevens in check to win the race.

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All you need to know about National Treasure:

The horse’s jockey is John R Velazquez.

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Owners: SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Robert E. Masterson, Stonestreet Stables LLC, Jay A. Schoenfarber, Waves Edge Capital LLC, & Catherine Donovan

Breeder: Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds, LLC