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America’s horse “California Chrome” two down one to go! Talk about a Cinderella story….California Chrome wins the 2014 Preakness Stakes!
Preakness Stakes Trivia
|When is the Preakness run?|
- The third Saturday in May
- . The Preakness is held two weeks after the Kentucky Derby, which is always run on the first Saturday in May. The Preakness, therefore, is always run on the third Saturday in May.
|Since 1925, the Preakness has been run at what distance?|
- 1-3/16 mile
- . Before 1925, the Preakness had no fixed distance, varying from 1 mile to 1-1/2 mile. Since 1925, the Preakness has always been run at the relatively unusual distance of 1-3/16 miles, shorter than the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont.
|The Preakness is run at which racetrack?|
- . The Preakness is run at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. However in 1890, and then again from 1894-1908, it was run in New York. All other Preaknesses have been held at Pimlico.
|The Preakness was first run in what year?|
- . Pimlico opened in 1870 and hosted the Preakness during its first spring meet in 1873.
|Which horse won the first running of the Preakness?|
- . Survivor won the inaugural Preakness in 1873. Culpepper won in 1874 and Shirley won in 1876. The colt Preakness won the first stakes ever run at Pimlico, on Pimlico’s opening day in 1870.
|A replica of what trophy, considered the most valuable in all of sports, is presented to the winning owner?|
- Woodlawn Vase
- . The Woodlawn Vase, originally created by Tiffany and Company in 1860, was assessed in 1983 for a lot of money. The smaller replica trophies that are given to the winning owners are valued at a much less.
|Who was the first horse to win the Preakness twice?|
- No horse has won the Preakness twice
- . The Preakness, run once per year, is a race restricted to 3-year olds. Therefore, no horse has ever raced twice in the Preakness much less win it twice.
|All colts and geldings (male) in the Preakness carry 126 pounds, including the jockey. How many pounds do fillies (female) carry?|
- . Because fillies are at a physical disadvantage to colts and geldings, they are allowed to carry 5 less pounds than the males. Four fillies have won the Preakness, but none since Nellie Morse in 1924.
|Who was the first jockey to win 3 consecutive Preaknesses?|
- Pat Day
- . Pat Day won the Preakness consecutively from 1994-1996 on Tabasco Cat, Timber Country, and Louis Quatorze. Eddie Arcaro won 3 Preaknesses in the 4 years from 1948-1951. Bill Hartack won 3 non-consecutive Preakness in 1956, 1964, and 1969.
|The winner of the Preakness receives a blanket made of what flower?|
- . The winning horse receives a blanket of daisies that are painted to look like Black-Eyed Susans, Maryland’s state flower. Because the Preakness is held in May, and because Black-Eyed Susans do not bloom in Maryland until June, daisies are used as a reasonably close look-alike substitute.
Preakness Stakes Related Archives
The Preakness Stakes is set to begin in just a few hours…The race, the second leg in the quest of the “Triple Crown,“is the super bowl of horse racing.
To win the Triple Crown the horse is requires a victory x 3….including…”The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness Stakes and The Belmont Stakes.”
Affirmed (February 21, 1975 – January 12, 2001)
The last horse to win the Super Bowl of Thoroughbred racing was Affirmed with Jockey Steve Cauthen aboard in 1978. was was the He was the eleventh winner of the Triple Crown.
Affirmed was also known for his famous rivalry with Alydar, whom he met ten times, including in all three Triple Crown races.
After the Triple Crown
Affirmed returned to racing in early August in the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga. He nearly became an upset loser to the front-running Sensitive Prince but closed in the last 100 yards in a race that Laz Barrera considered one of Affirmed’s finest efforts.
Alydar and Affirmed met once more, in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Affirmed, piloted by Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay substituting for the injured Cauthen, cut off Alydar entering the far turn, causing his rival to check suddenly. Affirmed finished first but was disqualified and placed second. The horses never met again, and the final winning tally stood at Affirmed 7, Alydar 3.
California Chrome, was the horse to beat in the 2014 Kentucky Derby, proved why he was the horse to beat and why he can’t be beaten.
Congratulations California Chrome
California Chrome, a horse with a humble pedigree kicked it in to high gear as he sailed down the final stretch and bid farewell to the 18 other contenders proving that he was the “horse to be reckoned with.”
California Chrome with jockey Victor Espinoza on board finished the 1 1/4 mile sprint in 2:03.66 and 1 3/4 lengths ahead of pack to win the 2014 running of the “Run for the Roses.”
Based at a lesser-known Los Alamitos racetrack in suburban Los Angeles, California Chrome, is owned by Steve Coburn and Perry Martin from Nevada, and trained by 77-year-old Art Sherman,
The Kentucky Derby winner is the product of an $8,000 mare and a $2,500 stallion and is the first California-bred to wear the garland of red roses in 52 years. He’s earned more than $1 million already, making it somewhat easier for Coburn and Martin to turn down a pre-Derby offer of $6 million for a 51 percent stake in the horse.
After the dust settles and the glory of the moment sets in…it’s back on the tracks for California Chrome, jockey Victor Espinoza and Art Sherman as they prepare for the 139th Preakness Stakes, the second leg in the quest for the triple crown. The event takes placed on May 17th at Pimlico Raceway in Baltimore Maryland.
The final race, the Belmont Stakes takes place on June 7th at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
History of Triple Crown Winners
|1978||Affirmed||Steve Cauthen||Laz Barrera||Harbor View Farm|
|1977||Seattle Slew||Jean Cruguet||William H. Turner, Jr.||Karen L. Taylor|
|1973||Secretariat||Ron Turcotte||Lucien Laurin||Meadow Stable|
|1948||Citation||Eddie Arcaro||Horace A. Jones||Calumet Farm|
|1946||Assault||Warren Mehrtens||Max Hirsch||King Ranch|
|1943||Count Fleet||Johnny Longden||G. Donald Cameron||Fannie Hertz|
|1941||Whirlaway||Eddie Arcaro||Ben A. Jones||Calumet Farm|
|1937||War Admiral||Charley Kurtsinger||George Conway||Samuel D. Riddle|
|1935||Omaha||Willie Saunders||Jim Fitzsimmons||Belair Stud|
|1930||Gallant Fox||Earl Sande||Jim Fitzsimmons||Belair Stud|
|1919||Sir Barton||Johnny Loftus||H. Guy Bedwell||J. K. L. Ross|
TOPICS: California Chrome, Kentucky Derby Winner
The Kentucky Derby, which is said to be the greatest 2 minutes in sports is months away…however, for racehorse enthusiast it’s never to early to start thinking ahead.
The contenders, the traditions, the hats and the festivities are enough to make even “non fans” get caught up in the “heat of the moment.”
Last years 139th running of the Kentucky Derby commenced at 6:33 pm(EDT) on May 4, 2013 at Churchill Downs.There were 151,616 who attended the event which saw Orb, the favorite, win a a purse of $1.4 million with a final time of 2:02.89.
Last years of attendance was was much lower than in previous years.
The Churchill Downs crowd of 165,307 in 2012 is the largest in Derby history. It surpassed the previous mark of 164,858 set in 2011. The Derby’s 100th running, in 1974, held the record before that with 163,628 in attendance.
The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014, and for the second consecutive year, a tiered point system in select races will determine who qualifies to America’s greatest race, “The Run for the Roses.”
Top Flight Chaser Sanctuaire Put Down after Injury
The horse racing community is morning the loss off Top-Flight chaser, Sanctuaire, who had to be put down on Sunday after a devastating schooling fall after a race at Punchestown Racecourse in the parish of Eadestown, Ireland.
Sanctuaire, a seven-year-old french bred gelding, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Irish jockey Ruby Walsh, suffered a broken shoulder and also broke a leg in his fall.
Walsh escaped the tragedy unscathed however, he appeared distraught and saddened by the loss of Sancutaire.
In a statement Walsh said “It’s most unfortunate. Sanctuaire just dived at the fence and was badly injured.”
According to sources, Sanctuaire, who was formerly trained by Paul Nicholls…won seven races, four over fences and three over hurdles. Walsh rode him to six wins including the Grade 2 Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton last season. Grand National-winning jockey Daryl Jacob also rode Sanctuaire to a win at the Grade 2 Celebration Chase at Sandown in April 2013.
Sanctuaire join the Willie Mullins’ team in August after he was acquired by Harold Kirk who paid £170,000 for him at the Goffs sales.
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The Churchill Downs crowd of 165,307 is the largest in Derby history, surpassing the previous mark of 164,858 set last year. The Derby’s 100th running, in 1974, held the record before that with 163,628 in attendance.