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Justify Justly Favored In Preakness


Kentucky Derby Aims To Put Dual Classic Winner on Resume in Historic Race

By Margaret Ransom

Justify. 3/5/18. Photo: Jim Safford

Though the Kentucky Derby (GI) has officially been run one more time than the Preakness Stakes (GI), Maryland’s most prestigious race is actually older than it’s red-rose-adorned counterpart and, to many, carries it’s own prestige. In fact, one of the most common expressions in racing, which is used even outside of racing — the purse — hails from the first Preakness run in 1873. The winning jockey is said to have hung a bag of gold coins on where the finish of the race would be, winner take all.

Though at first run at 1 ½ miles, the current Preakness distance of 1 3/16 miles has held steady since 1925 and has been the second jewel of the Triple Crown since 1932.  The great Secretariat still owns the stakes record for the distance, 1:53, though he wasn’t awarded the time until an investigation revealed the original clocking of 1:54 2/5 was incorrect.

The winner of the Preakness every year is… (more)