Before entries are drawn and the field takes shape, let’s
take a look at some Preakness Stakes history, A to Z style.
A – Arcaro – Hall
of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro won the Preakness a record six times in 15 tries.
B – Bee Bee Bee –
The Maryland-bred Bee Bee Bee pulled one of the greatest upsets in Preakness
history when the track came up sloppy in 1972 and overwhelming favorite Riva
Ridge finished fourth.
C – Cooksey –
Patti Cooksey was the first woman to ride in the Preakness. Her mount Tajawa
finished eighth in 1985. Last year, Rosie Napravnik rode Mylute to a third place
D – Disqualification
– Dancer’s Image is famous for having been disqualified for a positive drug
test after winning the 1968 Kentucky Derby. Less known is that Dancer’s Image
was also disqualified in the Preakness from third place to eighth. This time it
was a bumping incident at the eighth pole.
E – Eclipse – In 13 of the last 17 years, the Preakness winner has gone on to win the
Eclipse Award for three-year-old males. The four who did not were: Oxbow in
2013, Shackleford in 2011, the filly Rachel Alexandra in 2009, and in 2000, Red
F – Favorites –
Seventy favorites have won the Preakness. Citation and Spectacular Bid won at
the shortest odds of 1-10, while Big Brown and Native Dancer scored at 1-5. Interestingly, Secretariat was 3-10.
G – Geldings –
Only seven geldings have won the race, led by Funny Cide in 2003 and Prairie
Bayou in 1993.
H – Horse of the Year
– Nineteen Preakness horses have gone on to be named Horse of the Year in the
same year as their victory, with the most recent being the filly Rachel
Alexandra in 2009.
I – Infieldfest –
The party in the Pimlico infield attracts throngs of young people with its
annual concert and easy flowing beer. Embarrassing aspects of the Infieldfest were
the running of the Port-o-Potties and the mascot, Kegasus.
J – Johnson –
Judy Johnson was the first woman to train a Preakness runner with the 1968
seventh place finisher Sir Beau. A woman has yet to train a Preakness winner.
In 2002, Nancy Alberts trained Magic Weisner to a second place finish.
K – Kauai King –
Kauai King was part of three generations of Preakness winners. Polynesian, who
won in 1945, sired Native Dancer 1953 and Native Dancer sired Kauai King 1966.
L – Long Shot – The
highest win payoff of $48.80 went to Master Derby in 1975 when he defeated
heavy favorite, Foolish Pleasure.
M – Maryland –
Eight Maryland-breds have won the Preakness with four them before 1900. Later
came Challedon 1939, Kauai King 1966, Bee Bee Bee 1972 and Deputed Testamony
N – New Stakes Record
– It took nearly 40 years for Secretariat’s record time of 1:53 to become
official. At a hearing on June 9, 2012, the Maryland Racing Commission voted to
officially change the record to show that Secretariat did in fact run the
fastest Preakness in the 1973.
O – Old Hilltop –
Pimlico is nicknamed Old Hilltop after a small hill in the infield where
horsemen and racing fans used to congregate.
P – Preakness to
Preakness – Nine Preakness winners have sired a Preakness winner: Bold Ruler (Secretariat), Bold Venture
(Assault), Gallant Fox (Omaha), Man o’ War (War Admiral), Polynesian (Native
Dancer), Citation (Fabius), Native Dancer (Kauai King), Secretariat (Risen
Star), and Summer Squall (Charismatic).
Q – Quadrangle –
It was only appropriate that Quadrangle finished fourth in 1964.
R – Rachel Alexandra – The supplemental fee to run Rachel Alexandra in the 2009 Preakness was
S – Smarty Jones – In 2004 Smarty Jones established the largest winning margin of 11½ lengths.
T – Triple –
Jockey Pat Day won the Preakness three times a row with Tabasco Cat in 1994,
Timber Country 1995, and Louis Quatorze in 1996.
U – Upsets – By
odds the two biggest upsets in Preakness history were Riva Ridge in 1972 and
Fusaichi Pegasus in 2002, both losing at 3-10.
V – Viking Daisies -
The Black-Eyed Susan is the state flower of Maryland, but since it does not
bloom in the area until June the winner’s blanket is made out of Viking
W – Woodlawn Vase
– The Woodlawn Vase is the most valuable trophy in all of American sports. The
actual Vase spends the year in the Baltimore Museum of Art and comes to Pimlico
each year under armed guard. The winner of the race gets a smaller replica
valued at $30,000.
X – Xchanger –
Xchanger finished eighth in the 2007 Preakness.
Y – Y = Full House:
4’s Full of Ten’s – Five horses whose names began with Y have run in the
Preakness with three fourth place finishes and 2 tenth place finishes.
Z – Zev – Zev was
a 4.35-1 favorite when he finished in 12th place, beaten by 27 lengths in 1923.