LOCATION: Baltimore, Md.

Date: May 20, 2017

Racetrack: Pimlico Race Course

Stakes Record Time / Held By: 1:53.00, Secretariat (1973)

Purse: $1.5 million

Distance: 1 3/16 miles (9.5 furlongs)

Inaugurated: 1873

2016 Winner: Exaggerator (Program Number – 5)

2016 Winning Jockey: Kent Desormeaux, who rode for his brother, trainer J. Keith Desormeaux. Neither have a horse in this year’s edition.

Last Triple Crown Winner: American Pharoah (2015)

Interesting Factoid: The Preakness Stakes was run at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland from 1873 to 1889. It was switched to Morris Park Racecourse in 1890, but then was not held in 1891, 1892 or 1893. And although it began before the Kentucky Derby, it has been run fewer times. This year, Churchill Downs hosted the 143rd edition of the Run for the Roses. From 1894 to 1907, the Preakness Stakes was held at Gravesend Race Track, before returning to Pimlico in 1908 – where it has been held every year since.

How Kentucky Derby Runner-ups Fare in the Preakness: Courtesy of The Daily Racing Form (2016) — Since 1963, no less than 40 Derby runner-ups have run back in the Preakness Stakes, joining 38 Derby winners in that time span. In 18 of those races, the Derby winner prevailed, and eight times an identical 1-2 finish. Only four times did the Derby runner-up win the Preakness. Who were they?
Forward Pass in 1968 (who later was awarded the winner’s purse in the Derby due to a disqualification), Summer Squall in 1990, Prairie Bayou in 1993 and Exaggerator in 2016.

Over that time period, the Derby runner-up has an impressive record of 40-4-12-8 in the Preakness.

So how ya liking Lookin’ at Lee now?

How Horses That Skipped the Derby fare in the Preakness: From The Daily Racing Form (2016) – Since 1963, horses that didn’t compete in the Derby have a combined record of 261-7-16-16 in the Preakness. The last horse to skip the Derby and win the Preakness? The dazzling filly Rachel Alexandra.

Most Famous Post Position in the Preakness: PP #3. The temporary home of Secretariat and California Chrome. Since 1963, horses breaking from the #3 post have won nine times, tied with post 6 for the most wins.

The Toughest Post Position to Win From: PP #1. Horses breaking from the rail have a record of 53-2-7-9 over the same time period. The most famous horse to win from Post #1? American Pharoah. Makes it even more special.

Classy Act:

“One thing that cost Classy Act a little bit is she broke a little tardy and she usually breaks sharp. The main thing you want to do is just don’t touch her, don’t smooch at her, or take a big hold. Because she did break tardy, he had to kind of shove on her a little bit and when he did she jumped into the bridle a little harder than he wanted. She got a little too keen. If she breaks like she’s supposed to, he probably never has to touch her and she’s probably a little more relaxed. I was happy with it, I wish she would’ve broke a little sharper. I think that would’ve helped us a little bit but I don’t know it would’ve changed the outcome.”

Coming back for the Fair Grounds Oaks?

“I think so. If she looks good after this and bounces back good, I think we will come back.”

Patrona Magarita

“I thought I had her really ready and really fit, but to come off the bench in these kind of races is very difficult. She looked like she was going to be third and flattened out, she just got a little tired. I was happy her race overall too.”

Calhoun indicated the Fair Grounds Oaks is likely for her too.

Bret Calhoun, Trainer of Classy Act and Patrona Margarita
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