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The case can be made that there is a lot more riding on California Chrome than a 100-pound jockey and a chance to be mentioned in the same conversation with the greatest thoroughbreds of all time.
The case can be made that when Chrome bursts out of the starting gate at Belmont Park on Saturday, he’ll be carrying the weight of the horse racing world on his chestnut shoulders. – Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun
The Preakness Stakes is a horse race steeped in history. Having first been run in 1873, the thoroughbred race is the middle jewel in the run for the Triple Crown. One of the little known traditions during Preakness week at Pimlico is the bath that each horse gets after their early morning workouts. Like most three year olds the horses don’t seem to be thrilled with the mandatory scrub down, but reluctantly suffer through them.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb is a heavy favorite to win the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. If he bests the field of nine, Orb — who is co-owned by Baltimore county resident Stuart Janney III — will be one big step closer to capturing horse racing’s first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. Look through photos of Orb leading up to the Preakness.
Derby winner Orb, pets dress up for Sci-Fi London, Battle of the Queens cow fight finals and more in today’s daily brief.
Orb, co-owned by Stuart Janney III, won Kentucky Derby glory Saturday — through the mud — in 2:02.89 to win by 261/27 lengths. Can Orb win the Triple Crown? He’ll have to prove himself again come May 18 at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland in the second leg of the thoroughbred racing competition. Weigh in on our FB page or in the comments section.
View more photos from the 139th Kentucky Derby.
May 3 Photo Brief: Wildfires in California, trickdogs in Germany and the newly shaved heads of child monks in South Korea
Wildfires prompt the evacuation of hundreds of homes in California, novice monks learn what it’s like to live as Buddhist priests in South Korea, trickdogs perform for the ‘dog and pet’ fair in Germany and more in today’s daily brief.
The 2012 Preakness was billed as a rematch between Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another and runner-up Bodemeister. It was exactly that. In the end, I’ll Have Another went on to win the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. His next stop is the Belmont Stakes in New York for a chance to win the Triple Crown in June. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978.
Take a look at I’ll Have Another from his Kentucky Derby win to training at Pimlico Race Course and his Preakness Stakes win.