Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Preakness Stakes Notebook

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Preakness Stakes Notebook

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Napravnik settles for third aboard Mylute

Rosie Napravnik had to settle for a third-place finish in her first Preakness ride.

Napravnik won her first career race at Pimlico Race Course and was hoping to become the first female in history to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. A poor start aboard Mylute spoiled the plan.

"He was very sluggish out of the gate for the first quarter of a mile," Napravnik said. "Then he got going. I was too far back to see who the leaders were. This was a tough pace to follow. But he ran great down the lane and closed well."

Trainer Tom Amoss had no complaints.

"We were probably at the biggest disadvantage of all, coming from way back and being the widest in the race," Amoss said. "We've got nothing to be ashamed of."

No history made, part 2 * Kevin Krigger was attempting to become the first African-American jockey to win the Preakness since 1898.

He finished fifth aboard Goldencents after riding second behind winner Oxbow at the three-quarters pole.

"I thought Kevin had him in a great spot and when the winner kicked there, we just couldn't keep up with him," trainer Doug O'Neill said. "I'm very proud of Kevin and the horse."

Krigger, however, was disappointed.

"He didn't run his race today," the jockey said. "We were expecting him to run very well here, but it just doesn't happen sometimes."

Big Crowd * A crowd of 117,203 showed up at Pimlico on an overcast day. It was the fourth-largest attendance figure in the history of the Preakness.

The handle was $81,940,233, including a whopping $50,251,542 on the Preakness alone.

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, Pimlico instituted stricter rules and beefed up security. Backpacks over a certain size were not permitted, bags were inspected and everyone was checked by personnel with handheld metal detectors. …

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