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War of Will wins the 144th Preakness Stakes, but Bodexpress stole the show

The 2019 edition of the Triple Crown continues to be a bizarre one.
After the most controversial finish in Kentucky Derby history just two weeks ago, we saw yet another fascinating turn of events in the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes, as Bodexpress (20-1) managed to finish the entire race without a jockey.
War of Will (4-1) came away with the victory in an unofficial time of 1:54.34, but all eyes were on Bodexpress from start to finish.
Right out of the gate, Bodexpress tossed hall of fame jockey John R. Velazquez and continued to run the entire race jockeyless.

You can’t make this stuff up, 2 races in a row screwed up ? #Preakness pic.twitter.com/jqP9uPlM9V
— A•D (@ADegnim) May 18, 2019

Here he was right in the thick of things in the middle of the race, keeping a safe position on the outside:

Bad news horse jockeys … it seems that horses don’t really need you!
So what happens if a riderless horse wins the race … asking for a horse friend! #Preakness pic.twitter.com/rtGpOBee1A
— Kevin McConville (@Sensfan001Kevin) May 18, 2019

And the entire race from start to finish, where you can see War of Will’s victory and Bodexpress winning stealing our hearts:

WAR OF WILL wins the Preakness Stakes!! #TeamWoW
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— NiarchosRacingFans (@Karakontie14) May 18, 2019

I’m no racing steward, but I think that official impeded on Bodexpress on the home stretch. Call it in.
#TeamBodexpressForLife