While putting together this article I realized very quickly that there has been a ton of great Preakness moments in the 2000’s. I would even say some of my favorite moments in racing, period, have come in the Preakness Stakes. It’s worth mentioning that I picked the most dramatic moments over the blowout type performances like Smarty Jones, Big Brown, and California Chrome. I can remember these moments like they were yesterday…lets take a look back!
1. Alfeet Alex Almost Goes Down…Still Wins: 2005
Perhaps one of the greatest athletic moments in sports history! Words can’t describe this one you just have to watch the replay…pay close attention to the final turn! Wow!
2. Rachel Alexandra Beats the Boys: 2009
The super filly Rachel Alexandra was coming off a 20 (yes TWENTY) length win in the Kentucky Oaks, and had been privately purchased by Jess Jackson right after the race and pointed towards the Preakness Stakes. Jockey Calvin Borel, who rode Mine That Bird to victory in the Kentucky Derby, remarkably jumped off him to ride this super filly. Making things more dramatic…she drew the far outside post and took the field wire to wire. An incredible performance by an incredible filly.
3. Curlin edges Street Sense at the Wire: 2007
I’ll readily admit it…if this race never would have happened this website may not exist. Curlin got me into the game, and Curlin took it to whole other level for me when he re-rallied in deep stretch to defeat Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense. It was one of the most thrilling finishes we had seen in quite some time, and it featured two absolutely brilliant horses.
4. I’ll Have Another Runs Down Bodemeister: 2012
Perhaps one of the greatest performances I have ever seen! I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister were superstars in the 2012 crop, and the 1-2 finishers of the Kentucky Derby were set for a rematch in the Preakness Stakes. Only this time the factors were different. Bodemeister had set a brutal pace in the Kentucky Derby, but was alone on the lead in the Preakness. There was no way any horse could run him down this time…or was there?! I’ll Have Another somehow was able to get to him and pass him in a dramatic stretch run that sadly would be the last race either horse ever ran.
5. American Pharoah Splashes Home: 2015
If not for a tremendous rain storm just minutes before the race perhaps this one would not have been so dramatic. However, it rained about as hard as you could imagine, and there literally was a small stream of water running through the track on the rail. Eveyone was anxious…but American Pharoah eased the minds of all with a wire to wire win that allowed him to continue on his quest for the Triple Crown.
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