The Preakness Stakes is coming up on Saturday, May 15, 2021. The second jewel of the American Triple Crown drew a field of 10 top three-year-olds. Find out the top contenders in the race, and learn the best places to place your bets!
Secretariat 40th Anniversary Celebration
It's been 40 years since the record-breaking run to the Triple Crown for Secretariat, and the Maryland Jockey Club announced last week that Pimlico racetrack will mark the anniversary with […]
It's been 40 years since the record-breaking run to the Triple Crown for Secretariat, and the Maryland Jockey Club announced last week that Pimlico racetrack will mark the anniversary with a series of public events prior to the Preakness Stakes. On May 14, 2013, the track will host a special round-table discussion on Secretariat, attended by owner Penny Chenery and jockey Ron Turcotte, as well as Bill Nack, author of Secretariat: The Making of a Champion.
Tribute to Legendary Jockey Ron Turcotte
Following the roundtable discussion, Pimlico will present a special screening of the film Secretariat’s Jockey – Ron Turcotte. The documentary, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, traces the life and career of Turcotte, and includes interviews with fellow Triple Crown winning jockeys Steve Cauthen (Affirmed) and Jean Cruguet (Seattle Slew). One of the best of his era, Turcotte nearly won back-to-back Triple Crowns, claiming the Kentucky Derby and Belmont in 1972 on Riva Ridge.
Big Red's record setting Triple Crown race
There’s special significance to the Secretariat anniversary events at Pimlico, as it was only one year ago that an official change was made to the 1973 Preakness winning time giving the horse known as Big Red claim to all three Triple Crown record times. While it was widely known at the time that a clock malfunction had occurred, it was only through the use of modern video technology that enough evidence could be presented to officially change Secretariat’s winning time to 1:53. Secretariat still holds the record times for all three Triple Crown Races.
After all the drama of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, the racing scene shifts to Pimlico Race Course in anticipation of the running of the 2019 Preakness Stakes. A couple of the high-profile contenders from the Derby are expected in the field, as well as a number of new shooters that add to the handicapping puzzle and could provide good betting value.
The field has been established for the 2016 running of the Belmont Stakes and of the thirteen contenders, there are four horses who competed in the Preakness Stakes (G1) and are moving on to the third jewel of the Triple Crown.
Wise guys who liked Stradivari in the Preakness have every right to maintain their enthusiasm for the Todd Pletcher-trained colt in the Belmont Stakes where the intriguing runner will likely make his next start.