Besides the shorter distance, smaller field, and venue there are other differences between the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby.
The rush to get to Churchill Downs and have horses get accustomed to
the surface is replaced by a fashionably late-arriving crowd in
Pimlico. As of Tuesday morning, the Pimlico stakes barn was a ghost
town, with a fleet of 13 Fords and Kias parked out front awaiting the
Wednesday arrival of the horsemen who will run horses in Saturday's $1