The 135th Preakness Stakes will run today in Catonsville, Maryland, right outside of Baltimore at Pimlico Race Track. The length of the course is 1 3/16 miles. This will be the second leg of the coveted Triple Crown. There has not been a Triple Crown Winner since Affirmed in 1978. The 70’s was good decade for Triple Crown winners. We also got Seattle Slew in 1977 and Secretariat in 1973.
Calvin Borel will ride Super Saver, winner of the Kentucky Derby 2 weeks ago. This time Borel will not be trading horses like he did last year. Major contenders right now seem to be Lookin at Lucky who had some difficulty at the Kentucky Derby as well as other races. He has a new jockey for this race. Paddy O’Prado will also run. He finished third in the Derby. The official flower of the Preakness Stakes in the Maryland State Flower, the Black Eyed Susan.
Calvin Borel, the Cajun jockey, is quite a character. He is also the only jockey to win 2 legs of the Triple Crown on different mounts. In 2009,he won the Kentucky Derby on Mine That Bird and the Preakness on Rachel Alexandra, a filly.