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Watch a horse toss his jockey and keep running the Preakness without him

The jockey was not hurt.
Credit: AP
John Velazquez tumbles to the turf after falling off Bodexpress at the starting gate during the 144th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico race course, Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

After a controversial Kentucky Derby, the Preakness was eventful in its own right.

War of Will bounced back from a bumpy ride at the Kentucky Derby to win the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes Saturday night in Maryland. But, the most shocking moment was when fellow horse Bodexpress bucked off his jockey.

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Bodexpress threw Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez just out of the starting gate but still finished the race. An outrider tried to swoop in at the top of the stretch and corral Bodexpress, but the horse sped up and passed a few competitors near the finish line — and kept going. Technically, Bodexpress gets a did-not-finish.

Velazquez is fine after being tossed from the horse. You can watch the unexpected moment below.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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