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Who Won the 2023 Preakness Stakes?

FanDuel Staff
FanDuel Staff
Who Won the 2023 Preakness Stakes?

Before we turn our eyes to the 2024 Preakness Stakes, let’s look back at the thrilling 2023 renewal — won by National Treasure on May 20, 2023.

2023 Preakness Stakes Field

Seven horses contested the 2023 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Kentucky Derby winner Mage was the only one coming from Churchill Downs to contest the race, with all the rest being new faces in the Triple Crown series. Those new faces included National Treasure, a multiple Grade 1-placed colt conditioned by Bob Baffert, who was ineligible to race at Churchill Downs but allowed to run everywhere else including Pimlico.

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This was the field for the 2023 Preakness Stakes including post positions, trainers, jockeys, and final odds.

Final odds
1National TreasureBob BaffertJohn Velazquez5-2
2Chase the ChaosEd Moger, Jr.Sheldon Russell10-1
3MageGustavo DelgadoJavier Castellano7-5
4CoffeewithchrisJohn Salzman, Jr.Jaime Rodriguez10-1
5Red Route OneSteve AsmussenJoel Rosario8-1
6PerformShug McGaugheyFeargal Lynch8-1
7Blazing SevensChad BrownIrad Ortiz, Jr.9-2

Lexington (G3) winner First Mission, trained by Brad Cox, was scratched the morning of the race.

2023 Preakness Stakes Race

Under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, National Treasure bounced to the lead, with long shot Coffeewithchris tracking in closest range, and both Kentucky Derby winner Mage as well as Blazing Sevens in close range as well.

In the upper stretch, Blazing Sevens made a menacing run, demanding all the grit National Treasure could find. Neither National Treasure nor Blazing Sevens gave in during that thrilling duel. National Treasure found the finish first, crossing the wire a head in front of Blazing Sevens. He became Baffert’s eighth Preakness winner, extending his record.

Mage’s Triple Crown bid ended that day as he finished third in the Preakness Stakes, another 2 ¼ lengths behind the winner. Red Route One, Chase the Chaos, Perform, and Coffeewithchris completed the order of finish.

After National Treasure Won the Preakness

Since National Treasure’s win in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, he has continued to run at the top level.

Three-Year-Old Season

Three weeks after the Preakness, National Treasure returned for the third jewel of the Triple Crown. Sent off the fourth choice of nine in the Belmont Stakes, he set the early pace before capitulating with about a quarter mile to go. He finished sixth, 7 ¼ lengths behind winner Arcangelo.

National Treasure finished off the board in his next two starts, as well. He lined up for a rematch with Belmont Stakes winner Arcangelo in the Travers at Saratoga, going off the second betting choice. He stalked the pace set by Scotland but proved no match in the final quarter of a mile, finishing fifth, 9 ¾ lengths behind Arcangelo. His next start came in the Awesome Again (G1) at Santa Anita, his first start against older runners. He showed better form cutting back in distance, tracking the pace, and ultimately finishing fourth, 4 ¾ lengths behind wire-to-wire winner Slow Down Andy.

National Treasure perhaps saved his best for his final start of the year. He cut back even further in trip for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, going off the betting choice behind defending champion Cody’s Wish. He set the pace and battled on gamely when Cody’s Wish bore down in deep stretch. Cody’s Wish finished his story by getting to the wire to win for the second consecutive year, but National Treasure ran admirably to be beaten only a nose.

Four-Year-Old Season

In the first start of his four-year-old season, National Treasure stretched back out to 1 ⅛ miles for the Pegasus World Cup (G1) at Gulfstream. Stalking the pace set by Hoist the Gold, National Treasure took command in the lane. He cleared off midstretch, and though the in-form Senor Buscador made a furious run at him late, National Treasure held by a neck to win for the first time since the Preakness.

National Treasure’s most recent race came in the 2024 Saudi Cup in February. Stalking the pace set by Saudi Crown, he could not reel in that pacesetter nor hold off the furious late runs of Senor Buscador and Ushba Tesoro. Though he had to settle for fourth, he was beaten only 1 ½ lengths for top honors.

He has since returned to the United States, and is active on the worktab at Santa Anita.

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