American Pharoah, topped the field of eight horses, running away down the stretch to win by seven lengths, with Tale of Verve second and Divining Rod third, another length back, before a record crowd of 131,680 at Pimlico race track.
The winner paid $3.80, $3.40 and $2.80.
Tale of Verve returned $19 and $8.80, and Divining Rod paid $5.20.
California Chrome won the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday in Pimlico, Maryland, capturing the first two legs of the 2014 Triple Crown and has a chance to become the first Triple Crown champion, since Affirmed won it in 1978.
California Chrome continued on his quest for a Triple Crown sweep at Pimlico Race Course, scoring a dominating victory in the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) to the enthusiastic approval of a record crowd of 123,469.
Oxbow won the 2013 Preakness Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion, beating out Itsmyluckyday and Mylute with an impressive sprint to finish the race.
Starting from the No. 6 post, jockey Gary Stevens guided Oxbow to a masterful race. The duo got off to a brilliant start and never looked back.
In second place behind Oxbow was Itsmyluckyday. Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez engineered a brilliant race, but the duo couldn't come up with the right combination to win.
Rosie Napravnik and Mylute also finished in the money by coming in at third place.
I'll Have Another overtook Bodemeister, blazing down the stretch to win the Preakness in the final strides Saturday. I'll Have Another now has a chance to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
The smooth-striding 3-year-old will find himself in the company of Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, the last to win thoroughbred racing's most coveted prize in 1978.
In a race that was a virtual repeat of the Kentucky Derby finish, I'll Have Another raced from behind to beat pace-setter Bodemeister. I'll Have Another covered the 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.94.
The winner, second-favorite behind Bodemeister, paid $8.40, $3.80 and $2.80. Bodemeister returned $3.20 and $2.80, and Creative Cause paid $3.60 to show.
Marking the 136th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes, this year's run for the Black Eyed Susans brought together the top finishers from the Kentucky Derby for the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
After Animal Kingdom's stunning victory at the Kentucky Derby, the once-underdog entered the Preakness as the favorite to win, but fell just short of victory and finished three quarters of a length behind Shackleford at the finish. With Shackleford's upset, it was jockey Jesus Castanon's first Triple Crown win of his career.
And actually, it was his first Grade 1 win of any kind, which made his and Shackleford's victory that much sweeter. What was interesting about Shackleford is that the Preakness' crew had a tough time getting him into his post position. He kept fighting the gate workers and yet, he came out of the gates screaming and he didn't wavier too much on his way to victory.
There were two major changes in this years 2011 Triple Crown Races, the Kentucky Derby 2011 Winner Super Saver was the favorite to win the Preakness Stakes and Looking at Lucky was a favorite at the Kentucky Derby. Instead Lookin at Lucky became the 136th Preakness Stakes winner and Super Saver won the Kentucky Derby.
Looking at Lucky was a favorite at the Kentucky Derby, but the muddy track didn’t help him at all in fact with his jockey Garrett Gomez they finished sixth, but at the Preakness he was ridden by Martin Garcia while Gomez rode Dublin. Lookin at Lucky took home the title and a purse worth $1,100,000.
Trained by Bob Baffert Lookin at Lucky had an awesome race when he finished the 1 3/16 miles in just 1:55:47 just 3/4 length ahead of First Dude. The other positions were the third place of Jackson Ben, 4th Yawanna Twist, 5th Dublin, 6th Paddy O’Prado, 7th Caracortado, 8th Super Saver, 9th Schoolyard Dreams, 10th Aikenite, 11th Pleasant Prince, and 12th Norther Giant.
Rachel Alexandra didn’t disappoint by becoming the first filly to win the Preakness Stakes in 85 years. Rachel Alexandra was the favorite all week opening at 7/2 odds to win and closing at 2/1.
The last filly to win the Preakness was Nellie Morse.Rachel Alexandra also was the first horse to win from post position 13 in the Preakness Stakes.
It was never really close coming to the wire even though Derby winner Mine That Bird made a hard charge on the outside towards the end of the 1 and 3/16th mile track at Pimlico.
Rounding out the top 4 were Musket Man in third and Flying Private in fourth. Congrats to Rachel Alexandra and his rider Calvin Borel in making Preakness history.
Kent Desormeaux kept looking back, and no one was coming. Not even close, and once again it was Big Brown first and the rest nowhere. The Pimlico crowd of 112,222 roared, saluting greatness that is rarely seen.
It was hard to imagine that his Preakness triumph Saturday could be easier and more impressive than his Kentucky Derby runaway, but it was. When Desormeaux turned the muscular bay colt loose leaving the far turn, the race was over instantly.
Under a stranglehold through the final sixteenth of a mile, Big Brown cantered to a 51/4-length romp over 39-to-1 shot Macho Again, who beat 22-to-1 Icabad Crane by a half-length.
Big Brown's margin could have been 15, but his rider was saving him for a shot at the first Triple Crown sweep since Affirmed in 1978.
The $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1) held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore is the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. A record crowd of 121,263 was on hand this year to witness the rematch between the top three finishers of the Kentucky Derby under dark clouds and intermittent showers.
A field of just nine went to the gate in this 1 3/16 mile main track feature. Derby winner Street Sense was sent off as the 6-5 favorite over 7-2 Curlin, who was third in Louisville. Local hope Hard Spun, who set the pace in the Derby only to be passed in the stretch by Street Sense, was the 4-1 third choice. Circular Quay, sixth in the Derby after an 8 week layoff, was the 6-1 fourth choice with the rest of the field in double digits 23-1 shot Xchanger battled on the front end with 17-1 Flying First Class first time past the stands and around the clubhouse turn through an initial quarter in 22.83 and a half in 45.75. Hard Spun stalked the pace in third out wide with 14-1 King of the Roxy behind him.
Near the end of the backstretch Hard Spun surged ahead to take over the lead after 3/4 in 1:09.80 and pulled away to a 2 length advantage at he top of the home straight. Street Sense and Curlin, who had settled near the back of the field early, began their usual late rallies on the turn. With a furlong to go, Street Sense was 1 1/2 lengths clear but Curlin was gaining with every stride.
The pair dueled neck and neck through the final 1/16, but Curlin dug in late to poke his head in front at the line to get the victory in 1:53.46, tying the stakes record. It was a long 4 lengths back to the tiring Hard Spun in third, and 25-1 C P West was fourth. Circular Quay was fifth.
The 2006 renewal of the $1,000,000 Preakness (G1), the second jewel of racing's Triple Crown, was contested at Pimlico Race Course before a paid attendance of 118,402.
Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was sent off as the overwhelming 1-2 favorite in the field of nine. Tragedy struck about a furlong into the race, when Barbaro injured his right hind leg and was pulled up by jockey Edgar Prado just past the finish while the rest of the field continued around the clubhouse turn.
13-1 shot Bernardini stalked the early pace of 17-1 shot Like Now through a half in 46.69, taking over the lead at top of the stretch and drawing away to win by 5 1/4 lengths over 8-1 shot Sweetnorthernsaint in a time of 1:54.65 for 1 3/16 miles on a fast track.
29-1 outsider Hemingway's Key was third and Brother Derek, who had to check when Barbaro broke down in front of him, was fourth. The win gave jockey Javier Castellano and trainer Tom Albertrani their first in a Triple Crown event.
Afleet Alex wins the 130th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, May 21, 2005. Afleet Alex barely averted disaster to win the 130th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
The three-year-old colt rebounded from a third place finish in the Kentucky Derby to win the second leg of racing's Triple Crown.
The time for the $1 million Preakness Stakes was 1:55 on a fast track.
With one breathtaking surge, Smarty Jones left the field far behind, his lead building with every powerful stride over the final eighth of a mile.
By the time he crossed the finish line, the little chestnut colt had delivered a record 11½-length victory to set the stage for a dramatic Triple Crown try at the Belmont Stakes on June 5, 2004.
Funny Cide flew down the stretch for a runaway victory and a sweet accomplishment for Jockey Jose Santos in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
It was the second remarkable win in a row for the New York-bred chestnut gelding and journeyman trainer Barclay Tagg. A gelding has never won the Triple Crown.
This win moves Funny Cide to the brink of racing immortality - on June 7 he will attempt to become the 12th Triple Crown champion and first since Affirmed in 1978.
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