Two weeks after a late entry named Rich Strike unleashed a rail skimming, swerving stretch run that anyone who’s had a few can appreciate to win the Kentucky Derby at impossible 80-1 odds, order was restored.
Early Voting, a colt owned by the billionaire hedge fund investor Seth Klarman, repelled the challenge of the heavily favored Epicenter to capture the 147th running of the Preakness Stakes.
Rich Strike was the only horse in training for his owner, Rick Dawson. His trainer, Eric Reed, ships his horses from his modest farm in Lexington, Ky. to backwater tracks in Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia where the ding, ding, ding of slot machines provides the soundtrack for low budget horse dramas.
Still, it was not like Early Voting’s victory was totally void of warm and fuzzy. Klarman was celebrating his 65th birthday and grew up three blocks from Pimlico Race Course, a blistered monument to the sepia age of horse racing.