BALTIMORE, Maryland – Early voting crossed the finish line first in the Preakness Stakes.

Earlier this week, coach Kenny McPeak brushed off the heat and how it could affect the Creative Minister in the Preakness by standing by the barn at Pimlik Racecourse.

“He goes out there and never shudders,” McPeak said. “I don’t think the heat will bother him, and I’m not worried about what I can’t control, but I hope the forecaster is wrong.”

The weather forecast was not wrong.

Temperatures at Pimlico Racetrack rose above 90 degrees Fahrenheit just after 1 p.m. The forecast was 90 degrees if the horses entered the starting gate immediately after 7 p.m.

The record for Preakness Day is 96, set in 1934. Steve Asmussen, coach of Epicenter’s favorite, said he is as concerned about the heat as possible.

“We know it can be pretty sticky in Baltimore, so I think they’re all going to have to deal with that,” Asmussen said. “He’s a big horse that comes back in 14 days, so just make sure he drinks a lot of water and gets wet like your kids.”

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