At the start of the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes, one horse lost its jockey as the field exploded from the gates.

John Velasquez was thrown from Bodexpress, the No. 9 horse, moments after the gates opened. Despite losing its rider, the horse continued to charge down the outside of the track as Velasquez lifted himself off the track just outside the gates. He wasn't injured. 

"He wasn't behaving well in the gate," Velasquez said in an interview on NBC. "He got me against the wall. Obviously, when the doors opened, I was (thrust) off. I lost my balance, and went off. I'm disappointed. To come into a big race like this. Some things like this happen with horses. But I'm just disappointed."  

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