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BALTIMORE (AP) _ War Emblem didn’t lead all the way as he did in the Kentucky Derby, but he still ran away with the Preakness Stakes on Saturday to set up a shot at the Triple Crown in three weeks.
The convincing win, much like his wire-to-wire victory in the Derby two weeks ago, sets up trainer Bob Baffert for his third shot at a Triple Crown in the last six years.
Baffert’s Silver Charm in 1997 and Real Quiet in 1998 both won the Derby and Preakness but fell short in the Belmont.
War Emblem, who held off fast-closing long shot Magic Weisner by three-quarters of a length, didn’t show up in Baffert’s barn until three weeks before the Derby, when the colt was bought for $900,000 by Saudi Prince Ahmed bin Salman.