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The first Preakness Stakes (G1) for John and Carla Capek brought plenty of excitement, but not the outcome they were hoping for.
The Capeks’ Rodeo Creek Racing LLC’s Blazing Sevens finished a head behind National Treasure in the 148th running of the second leg of the Triple Crown at Pimlico Race Course Saturday.
“We thought he ran exceptionally well,” John Capek said “It’s tough to be a little bit short on the winning side of things, but we are pleased with his progress.”
Trainer Chad Brown was attempting to win his third Preakness in the last seven years. He skipped the Kentucky Derby (G1) with Blazing Sevens, even though he had enough qualifying points for the race. He had used the same formula with Preakness winners Cloud Computing in 2017 and Early Voting last year.
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“It was better for us to come to the Preakness and have a shot of winning than be in the middle of the pack in the Derby,” John Capek said “The horse is making progress. Every race this year has been a better race than the previous one.”
Blazing Sevens shipped back to New York early Sunday morning. Brown has not said what the colt’s next race will be.
“We will talk to Chad and see what is best for the horse for his next race,” John Capek said.
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