Near-Record Heat for Preakness Another Test for Epicenter
BALTIMORE—Epicenter lost the Kentucky Derby because of a hot pace.
Now he’ll face hot temperatures in the Preakness.
Two weeks after getting passed by 80–1 long shot Rich Strike just before the finish line at the Derby, Epicenter goes into Saturday’s Preakness as the favorite and clearly the class of the nine-horse field. In a race without Rich Strike and no chance at a Triple Crown, there is still some buzz largely because of filly Secret Oath and that it will be a test of whether Epicenter can beat the heat that could approach a record high.
“You handle what you have control over and put yourself in the best position possible and try to eliminate as many variables that could get in the way of that,” Epicenter trainer Steve Asmussen said. “If it’s actually 95, 96 degrees here, and we know it can be pretty sticky when it gets warm in Baltimore, so I think that all of them are going to have to deal with that….
Originally appeared on The Epoch Times