It's Preakness Week here in Baltimore, our celebration of the second leg of horse-racing's Triple Crown. At the Preakness, there's always a huge sense of anticipation - can the winner of the Kentucky Derby win the second race and be a possible contender for a Triple Crown? By the time the Belmont Stakes rolls around in three weeks, much, if not all of that anticipation is gone, because there has not been a Triple Crown winner since 1978, when Affirmed won.
There were three Triple Crown winners in the 1970's, Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed. Prior to that, the last Triple Crown was in 1948! Only 46 horses have won two legs of the three races, and of those, 16 have won in Kentucky and Baltimore, only to be beaten at Belmont.
This year is the 134th running of the Preakness, which is named after a horse, who may have gotten its name from the Native American word for quail woods.This year's race should be very interesting with Rachel Alexandra, the winner of the Oaks, which is held the day before the Kentucky Derby, and Mine That Bird, the Derby winner, competing head to head. Post positions are being pulled this afternoon. Calvin Borel has said that he will ride Rachel Alexander on Saturday. Stay tuned!