The three-year-old, kept out of the Kentucky Derby by trainer Chad Brown, rewarded his connections’ judgement call by running out a one and a quarter-length winner over the favourite Epicenter – second in the Derby – in the middle leg of the Triple Crown.
This was swift compensation for Brown after he had watched Zandon finish a hard-fought third after a gruelling pace battle in the first leg of the Triple Crown, and Early Voting provided him, and owner Seth Klarman, with their second victory in the Preakness.
“To win this race on Seth’s birthday in Baltimore, where he grew up, and to be able to deliver a gift like that is hard to explain,” said Brown. “When you can deliver a Classic win it makes the job worthwhile.
The same plan had been in place when Brown and Klarman won the 2017 renewal with Cloud Computing, who also missed the Kentucky Derby in favour of the Preakness after running in the Wood Memorial. Both were New York-based during the winter and came into the Preakness after just three starts.