Bob Baffert neatly summed up his emotions as he watched two horses charge up on Justify at the top of the stretch in the 143rd Preakness Stakes.
“Uh oh,” the Hall of Fame trainer muttered as he attempted to peer through the fog on a small television monitor in the paddock at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday.
At that moment, Baffert had every reason to think his horse had given too much. In his fifth race in 90 days, the Kentucky Derby champion had fought off his top rival, Good Magic, in a virtual match race over the slick Pimlico mud. But here they came, two fresher challengers.
Baffert fell silent as he watched the charge to the wire. Then he released an...