A Triple Crown season unlike any other ended with a photo finish.
Swiss Skydiver outlasted Kentucky Derby winner Authentic down the stretch, putting the expression “winning by a nose” to the test, to take home the 145th Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
The filly, rode by jockey Robby Albarado, started the race in the fourth stall and waited patiently before pulling into the lead and holding off a charging Authentic – Bob Baffert’s horse. It was the second Preakness win for Albardao, who was not originally slated to ride Swiss Skydiver.
Swiss Skydiver is the sixth filly and first since Rachel Alexandra in 2009 to win the Preakness.
This year, the Preakness Stakes represented the final leg of the Triple Crown, as the Belmont Stakes, normally run last, kicked off the competition in June and was followed by the Kentucky Derby last month.
Swiss Skydiver's odds started at 6-1 but slipped to 11-1 by post time.
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