This Saturday the world watched as Orb tried to make history, hoping to win the second gem in the Triple Crown, the Preakness. With baited breath America watched to see what would happen in what is one of America’s most famous races. Did you?
The Preakness Stakes is held on the Third Saturday in May at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore Maryland. The first Preakness was held in 1873 and in 1932 became the second race in the Triple Crown competition! This race has long been a favorite for horse racing fans drawing the second largest crowd for any race behind only the Kentucky Derby! The speed record for the Preakness is still held, 40 years later, by Breyer alumni Secretariat. Another Breyer alumni holds the length’s record, Smarty Jones, winning the Preakness by 11 lengths in 2004. Rachel Alexandra who Breyer lovers know and love so well also holds a record on the track being one of only five fillies to win the race and having won it from the outermost post, #13!
The 138th Preakness held nine horses in the race, most recognizable from a few weeks ago at the Kentucky Derby. Most people had Orb as an easy winner in the field and hopes of a Triple Crown were on the horizon. As the race started Orb took a strong middle position in the pack after breaking from the #1 rail position. Sadly, he never could make a break for it and couldn’t make it to the front of the pack. Oxbow was able to break early and set the pace for the group and showed his strength by holding onto his lead fall the way to the finish line. Atop him was Gary Stevens, who at 50 set the record for the oldest jockey to win the Preakness!
There may not be a Triple Crown this year, but there’s always the future to look forward to. There’s one little colt that everyone is waiting with baited breath for. Maybe 2015 will be the year of Zenyatta’s colt Cozmic One. Here at Golden Oak Stables, we’ll be waiting with anticipation!