In the long history of the Preakness, there have been many exciting moments. Here’s a list of 5 of the most memorable.

5: Afleet Alex Stumbles (2005)

Afleet Alex fell to his knees after Scrappy 7 swerved in front of him. This stumble nearly unseated his jockey, Jeremy Rose. However, Rose managed to stay on and Afleet Alex went on to win the Preakness by 4 ¾ lengths. Video

4: Affirmed and Alydar Duel (1978)

Kentucky Derby Winner, Affirmed, and his rival Alydar entered a duel with a furlong to go in the Preakness. For a moment it looked as though Affirmed would lose, however, he managed to win the race by a neck. Affirmed went on to win the Belmont Stakes, and the Triple Crown. No horse has won the Triple Crown since Affirmed. Video

3: Rachel Alexandra Makes History (2009)

Having easily won the Kentucky Oaks by over 20 lengths weeks before, Rachel Alexandra was the heavy favorite to win the Preakness. She did, and thus doing so, became the first filly since 1924 to win the Preakness Stakes. She won the race by a length. Video

2: Secretariat’s Bad Break (1973)

Kentucky Derby Winner, Secretariat, was last to break from the gate, but with a burst of speed took the lead in the backstretch and never relinquished it. He won the Preakness by 2 ½ lengths. Video

1: Barbaro Breaks Down (2006)

Barbaro won the Kentucky Derby as a 50-1 long shot, but was favored to win the Preakness. However, a malfunctioning starting gate caused him to break early. After veterinarians cleared him, he was reloaded into the gate. Tragedy struck, however, shortly after the race begun as Barbaro was pulled up by his jockey favoring his right leg. He was given a police escort to the University of Pennsylvania where veterinarians performed surgery. He stayed alive for eight months before eventually being put down in January of 2007 because of laminitis. Video

-Sarah Davis


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