Graham Motion's day got off to a good start when he saddled a winner in the first race. Technique, who went off at 7-1 and was ridden by Edgar Prado, won by at least two lengths.
Katherine Sancuk's No Brakes rallied from next-to-last to win the $25,000 Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap, the first of nine stakes on Preakness Day.
Xavier Perez rode the 6-year-old gelding — who finished fifth in the race last year and was claimed for $5,000 by his present connections in March — pulled ahead near the 16th marker and narrowly beat Money For Love to the finish.
"I claimed this horse specifically for this race," said Sancuk, the owner and trainer. "He runs hard every time. He gives you a heart attack because he was so far out of it. It scared me to death."
Motion earned his second win of the day, this time with Golden Causeway, which was ridden by Ramon A. Dominguez and paid $6.
Super Espresso, owned by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, swept around the pack and roared down the stretch to win the $100,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes at Pimlico.
Jockey Ramon Dominguez rode Super Espresso past Payton d'Oro near the wire to win by three-quarters of a length.
Super Espresso had struggled on turf in her last race.
"If you take out her last race on turf, she's been a steadily improving filly," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "She trained well leading up to this, so we're not shocked that she ran well."
Dominguez was concerned that he would not reach Paton d'Oro, who had a clean trip, but Super Espresso had enough left at the end.
"She ran just the way Todd expected," he said. "She's got a beautiful long stride on her and I just kept her together. They went quick enough early on where it was helpful, but she just continued coming. I don't feel like they were really collapsing in front of her. She was closing."
Toni's the Won was, in fact, the winner. Ridden by Julian Pimentel, the Kieron Magee-trained entry beat Perfect Measure in a photo finish, and paid $10.20.
Preakness: Race-by-race results
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