The 134th running of the Preakness Stakes.
The second leg of racing’s Triple Crown.
Mine That Bird and Calvin Borel’s push to win the Triple Crown. Could either one do it without the other? Did Calvin make the right choice? Would Rachel Alexandra confirm the beliefs of many that she could have won the Kentucky Derby weeks before? Was the Derby winner Mine That Bird a legitimate top notch thoroughbred, and could he prove all of the doubters wrong?
In a word, Absolutely!
All of those people who said she could, raise your hands, and the ones who said she couldn’t, spread the word. There’s a new sheriff in town and she’s not afraid of anyone.
Many things made this years running unique. Never before has the winner of the Kentucky Oaks taken on the winner of the Kentucky Derby. To go a step further, never before has the jockey taken off of the Derby winner to ride another horse in the Preakness Stakes.
This raised another question to be answered. Has a jockey ever won all three legs of the Triple Crown riding different horses? One small two letter word answers that question, No!
Then we move on to the post position. The filly Rachel Alexandra drew the #13 post position in a starting gate of 13 horses. No horse in the 133 previous runnings of the Preakness, (colt, gelding, or filly) has ever won from post position 13, never!
But records are meant to be broken, and new trends need to be made!
As the saying goes, you can either listen to the naysayers and be controlled by the history of others, or you can choose your own path and change the way history is written.
Under the new ownership of Stonestreet Stables and Harry T. McCormick, that’s exactly what Rachel Alexandra and Calvin Borel did in this year’s renewal of the Preakness. They took on all comers made the difficult decisions and got the job done. After being purchased less than two weeks ago, the superstar filly carried the weight of her fans and her driver Calvin Borel to victory in the 134th running of the Preakness Stakes, in Baltimore, MD, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racings Triple Crown.
It was a scintillating run, and a wonderful filly holding off the great charge by Mind that Bird, and of course, all of this now sets up the inevitable question. What will happen in this year’s Belmont Stakes?
We’ll be here to bring you all of the photos, and the story as it unfolds.
PHOTOS BY: Rick Buckley