The Preakness Stakes is the second leg of the renowned Triple Crown horse racing series, following the Kentucky Derby and preceding the Belmont Stakes. This year's Preakness took place on May 18th at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. All eyes were on the renowned trainer Bob Baffert and his horse, War of Will, who won the race in a dramatic finish.

Despite being the first Preakness win for Baffert since 2010, this year's race was overshadowed by a string of recent horse deaths. In the months leading up to the Preakness, a total of 23 horses died at Santa Anita Park in California, a track owned by the same company that owns Pimlico Race Course. These deaths have drawn attention to the dangers of horse racing and sparked debate over the industry's practices and regulations.

In response to these concerns, the Maryland Jockey Club, which owns and operates Pimlico Race Course, implemented new safety measures prior to the Preakness. These included enhanced veterinary screenings and pre-race inspections of all entering horses. Additionally, the number of race-day veterinarians was increased, and an observation team was stationed at the top of the

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