10 Things to Know about the Preakness

The Preakness is the second leg of the Triple Crown and should not be overlooked. Here are 10 things that you should know before you get into the Preakness action.




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No. 1 ELEVEN HAVE DONE IT: Starting in 1919 with Sir Barton, 11 horses have won the Triple Crown, sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Last year's Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another was scratched the day before the Belmont with a tendon injury and retired.
UELMONT, NY - JUNE 08: Trainer Doug O'Neil looks on as I'll Have Another grazes after a press conference outside of barn two on June 8, 2012 in Elmont, New York. It was announced earlier in the day that I'll Have Another has been scratched from the 2012 Belmont Stakes, ending his bid for a Triple Crown. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
No. 1 ELEVEN HAVE DONE IT: Starting in 1919 with Sir Barton, 11 horses have won the Triple Crown, sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Last year's Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another was scratched the day before the Belmont with a tendon injury and retired.
No. 2 INSIDE SLOT: Orb leaves from the No. 1 post in the Preakness, not among the most popular places to start. Since 1961, only one horse - Tabasco Cat in 1994 - has won from the rail.
21 May 1994: TABASCO CAT WITH JOCKEY PAT DAY UP EDGES OUT GO FOR GIN, WITH CHRIS MCCARRON UP FOR A WIN IN THE PREAKNESS STAKES AT PIMLICO RACE TRACK.
No. 2 INSIDE SLOT: Orb leaves from the No. 1 post in the Preakness, not among the most popular places to start. Since 1961, only one horse - Tabasco Cat in 1994 - has won from the rail.
No. 3 SECOND CHANCERS AND NEW SHOOTERS: Kentucky Derby winner Orb will be facing five familiar foes from the Derby and three new shooters. The Derby five are Mylute, Oxbow, Will Take Charge, Itsmyluckyday and Goldencents; the fresh faces are Departing, Govenor Charlie and Titletown Five.
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 04: Joel Rosario atop Orb reacts after winning the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
No. 3 SECOND CHANCERS AND NEW SHOOTERS: Kentucky Derby winner Orb will be facing five familiar foes from the Derby and three new shooters. The Derby five are Mylute, Oxbow, Will Take Charge, Itsmyluckyday and Goldencents; the fresh faces are Departing, Govenor Charlie and Titletown Five.
No. 4 SHORTER DISTANCE: The Preakness distance is 1 3-16 miles, a sixteenth of a mile shorter than the Kentucky Derby, and five sixteenths shorter than the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes, called the Test of the Champion.
An overhead, panoramic view of Pimlico Racetrack before the 131st Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore, May 20, 2006. Bernardini won the race. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
No. 4 SHORTER DISTANCE: The Preakness distance is 1 3-16 miles, a sixteenth of a mile shorter than the Kentucky Derby, and five sixteenths shorter than the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes, called the Test of the Champion.
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 15: Jockey Kevin Krigger takes Preakness entrant Goldencents out of the paddock in preparation for the 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 15, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 15: Jockey Kevin Krigger takes Preakness entrant Goldencents out of the paddock in preparation for the 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 15, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rosie Napravnik takes part in the post parade prior to the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Rosie Napravnik takes part in the post parade prior to the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Rosie Napravnik takes part in the post parade prior to the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
No. 8 HOF LINEUP: There are a half-dozen Hall of Famers in the Preakness. The trainers are Shug McGaughey (Orb), D. Wayne Lukas (Oxbow, Will Take Charge and Titletown Five) and Bob Baffert (Govenor Charlie); the jockeys are Gary Stevens (Oxbow), Mike Smith (Will Take Charge) and John Velazquez (Itsmyluckyday).
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No. 8 HOF LINEUP: There are a half-dozen Hall of Famers in the Preakness. The trainers are Shug McGaughey (Orb), D. Wayne Lukas (Oxbow, Will Take Charge and Titletown Five) and Bob Baffert (Govenor Charlie); the jockeys are Gary Stevens (Oxbow), Mike Smith (Will Take Charge) and John Velazquez (Itsmyluckyday).
No. 9 THE GREATEST: The fastest Preakness was run by 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. Big Red won in 1:53. By comparison, last year's winner I'll Have Another won in 1:55.94. <br><br>
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Julia Hanson, 8, of Chicago looks up at the statue of triple crown winner Secretariat in the paddock before the start of the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
No. 9 THE GREATEST: The fastest Preakness was run by 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. Big Red won in 1:53. By comparison, last year's winner I'll Have Another won in 1:55.94.

No. 10 THE DISAPPOINTMENTS: If Orb wins the Preakness, he will become the ninth horse since Silver Charm in 1997 to have a chance at the Triple Crown.
5 Apr 1997: Gary Stevens sits atop of Silver Charm after the Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
No. 10 THE DISAPPOINTMENTS: If Orb wins the Preakness, he will become the ninth horse since Silver Charm in 1997 to have a chance at the Triple Crown.

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