Looking to bet on Preakness Stakes? Here’s all the information you need for Preakness Stakes online betting. Steve Asmussen, North America’s all-time leading trainer in wins, was too much in shock to be disappointed in his horse’s second-place finish at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
“When they tell me this happened tomorrow, I’m still going to go ‘Are you sure?’ ” Asmussen, the trainer of Kentucky Derby runner-up Epicenter, said. “Really? Like, that’s what happened?”
Epicenter, the Kentucky Derby favorite, was passed to his inside by Rich Strike, at 80-1 the longest shot on the board in Saturday’s 148th Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs, and was beaten three-quarters of a length. He finished that same margin in front of Zandon.
“How in the world can you write what just happened?” Asmussen said. “Did not expect to lose. Love Epicenter. We’re very fortunate to be a part of him and associated with him and we will continue to be so.”
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With Epicenter finishing second at the Derby, Asmussen now has to wait at least another year to get his first Kentucky Derby victory. He is now winless with 24 starters in 17 runnings of the race. Epicenter is the third time he has finished second, joining Lookin At Lee and Nehro.
Even though Epicenter’s status for the Preakness is currently unknown, Asmussen said the three-year-old came out of the race in good shape, with the Preakness decision coming after the colt resumes training.
“All systems look great right now,” he said. “He’ll catch another walk day and go back to the track Wednesday morning, and we’ll see where we’re at there.”