Toledo, Russell Defend Titles At Pimlico's Preakness Meet

Brittany Russell | Jim McCue

Jockey Jevian Toledo and trainer Brittany Russell defended their titles as leading jockey and trainer respectively as the Preakness Meet at Pimlico Race Course drew to a close Sunday.

Toledo, who ranked second in earnings behind only GI Preakness S. winner John Velazquez, finished with a comfortable 10-win margin over co-runners-up Sheldon Russell, Horacio Karamanos and Victor Carrasco. Both Toledo and Russell are represented by agent Marty Leonard.

“It feels great. I'm just blessed that God gave me the good health to be here,” Toledo said. “My agent does a great job and big thanks to all the trainers and owners that give the opportunity to ride their horses. I really appreciate all the help that I've been given this meet.”

Russell ended with 15 wins from 42 starters and $592,630 in purse earnings, second only to GI Preakness S.-winning trainer Bob Baffert.

It is the fourth training title for Russell, who led Laurel's 2022 spring and fall stands and tied for first at last year's Preakness Meet.

“It's great. You do it once, and you hope you can do it again,” Russell said. “It's awesome but my team is amazing. We have more horses now. You win and it just seems like we get more on our plate every time. Whenever it seems like we do something better it becomes more work and more horses, things like that. My team, it's just so fun to watch what they've done. Everybody on my team is just amazing.”

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