Press Release / Maryland Jockey Club
BALTIMORE – Calumet Farm homebred Lexitonian split horses in mid-stretch and came with a determined run to edge past Gladiator King at the wire and upset the $200,000 Chick Lang (G3) at odds of 17-1 Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
The 44th running of the Chick Lang for 3-year-olds, promoted to graded status for 2019, was the seventh of nine stakes, five graded, worth $2.8 million in purses on a 14-race program highlighted by the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.
Lexitonian ($36) gave jockey Jose Ortiz his third victory of the day, all in stakes, following the $100,000 James W. Murphy with English Bee and the $100,000 Ole Smoky Moonshine Searching with Ickymasho. Calumet Farm is also the breeder and owner of English Bee.
Jack Sisterson, a former assistant to 2012 Preakness winner I’ll Have Another’s trainer, Doug O’Neill, earned his second career graded-stakes win as a trainer. The first came in the 2018 Tempted Stakes with Oxy Lady.
Malpais and Gladiator King slugged it out through a quarter-mile in 22.65 seconds and a half in 44.82 before Gladiator King wrested a short lead on the turn. Lexitonian tracked the top pair in fourth, powered past rivals inside the eighth pole and continued gaining to get up by a head in 1:09.74.
Admiral Lynch rallied late for third, a head behind Gladiator King. Previously undefeated Preamble, the 8-5 favorite, was never in contention and finished last of nine.
Run as the Hirsch Jacobs Stakes from its inception in 1975 to 2009, the Chick Lang was renamed in honor of the racing industry legend widely known as ‘Mr. Preakness,’ who passed away in 2010 at age 83.