Funny Cide captures 128th Preakness Stakes

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Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Kentucky Derby winner has a chance to become the 12th Triple Crown winner in thoroughbred racing history after capturing the 128th Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. , with Jose Santos aboard, covered the 1 3/16 miles in a time of 1:55.61 on a good track. "The only machine I had today was the red horse I was riding," Santos said. Longshot finished second, nearly 10 lengths behind, followed by . , the third place finisher at the Derby, was fourth. is owned by Sackatoga Stable and trained by Barclay Tagg. The three-year-old gelding is a New York bred and now goes on to Belmont Park in the Empire State with a chance to win the Triple Crown and become the first gelding to capture racing's most prestigious award. "We want Belmont to be the best race ever," said Jack Knowlton, managing partner for Sackatoga Stable. The last triple crown winner was Affirmed in 1978. "I think has dispelled a lot of questions," Tagg said. "We just have had a great ride with this. We wanted to take this New York-bred back home to have a shot at the Triple Crown at Belmont." earns $650,000 with the win and has now banked $1.9 million in his career. duplicates the effort of War Emblem from last year by winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Other recent three-year-olds to capture the first two jewels were Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998 and Charismatic in 1999. A $5 million bonus is at stake for any three-year-old who wins the Triple Crown. "One of the (Visa) vice presidents said they'd really like to give away $5 million, and I'd really like to get it," Knowlton said. The pace in the Preakness was set by with prompting the leader. Heading into the final turn drew even with and took the lead entering the stretch. went on to post a victory of 9 3/4 lengths. "I've been riding 27 years and this is the best horse I ever rode in my life," said Santos. returned $5.80, $4.60 and $3.40. paid $15.40 and $9.00, and paid $4.00 for show. Completing the order of finish in the Preakness Stakes were in fifth, followed by , , , Ten Cents a Shine and . Missing from the Preakness Stakes was Kentucky Derby favorite . The second place finisher in the Run for the Roses skipped Saturday's race and is being prepared for the Belmont Stakes on June 7. Also expected to run in the Belmont Stakes is Lone Star Derby winner Dynever.

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