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Mage Injures Head Just Before Preakness Stakes

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Even in the adrenaline-fueled world of horse racing, unexpected incidents can throw a wrench in the works. This year’s Preakness Stakes witnessed such a moment when Mage, the Kentucky Derby winner, suffered a cut near his right eye just days before the big race. An occurrence like this can leave everyone – from the horse’s trainer and jockey to the thousands of fans awaiting the race – in bated breath, questioning whether the star athlete will be able to participate.

The incident reportedly occurred on Thursday in Mage’s barn stall, leading to the necessity of stitches. Such setbacks are not entirely unheard of in horse racing, as horses, like any athletes, are prone to accidents. However, they can certainly add an additional layer of suspense and unpredictability to the races.

The good news is that, according to reports, track veterinarians cleared Mage to race in Preakness 2023, suggesting that the injury, while certainly concerning, was not severe enough to prevent the Derby winner from competing. This clearance came as a relief not just for Mage’s team but for fans and spectators of the sport who were eager to see this horse in action once again after his Kentucky Derby victory.

It’s worth noting that the incident occurred just days before the race, leaving little room for error in the recovery process. Mage’s team must have worked meticulously to ensure that the horse was not only physically ready to compete but also psychologically prepared, as a sudden injury could potentially unsettle even the most seasoned racehorse. Their efforts seemed to have paid off, as Mage was given the all-clear signal.

At the Preakness, Mage was set to face a strong field of competitors, including National Treasure, trained by the seasoned and infamous Bob Baffert, making his return to the Triple Crown races since 2021. Alongside them, Chad Brown’s Blazing Sevens was also a formidable contender, given Brown’s successful track record, including his training of the 2022 Preakness winner, Early Voting.

In a sport as intense and unpredictable as horse racing, every event – be it an unforeseen injury or a surprising victory – adds a new dimension to the narrative. Mage’s injury, his recovery, and his clearance to race in Preakness 2023 is one such narrative thread that adds to the tapestry of this year’s racing season. It shows the resilience of these majestic animals and the dedication of those who care for them.

So, as the 2023 Preakness Stakes unfolds, one of the many storylines to follow will undoubtedly be Mage’s. Whether his performance will be affected by his recent injury or if he will rise above the challenge to secure a win, only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure – Mage, despite the unexpected hiccup, is all set to give his competitors a run for their money.

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