It was the fourth biggest crowd in Preakness history, and they wagered nearly $82 million on the day.
It’s now just hours before the running of the 138th annual Preakness Stakes, and Baltimore is bustling.
All eyes will be on Kentucky Derby winner Orb in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. The 3-year-old colt will take on eight challengers in the second leg of the Triple Crown. If he wins, Orb will attempt to become the first Triple Crown champion since Affirmed in 1978 at the Belmont Stakes on June 8. In the Preakness, Orb will be facing five horses he defeated in the Derby and three who did not run in the race.
Growing up, Kentucky Derby winner Orb was just another horse who fit in with the crowd.
After being on this earth for 77 years, winning 13 Triple Crown races and totaling more than $100 million in purse money, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has earned the right to sit in an office and let his assistants do the grunt work in the stables.
Goldencents will try for a historic turnaround in the Preakness Stakes after running 17th in the Kentucky Derby.
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will stand in for Gov. Martin O’Malley during the high-profile trophy presentation to the winner of the Preakness Stakes.
Baltimore gets ready to host the Preakness Stakes and a local resident has a big stake in the race.
Since 2000, seven post-time favorites have won the Preakness. There is no doubt that this year’s post-time favorite will be Kentucky Derby winner Orb.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Illinois Derby champion Departing played together as foals in the lush pastures of Claiborne Farm in central Kentucky.
The Preakness draw was over, and trainer Shug McGaughey listed a variety of reasons why he was OK with having Kentucky Derby winner Orb starting Saturday’s race from the rail.
For a while there, it looked as if the Preakness was shaping up to be a runaway victory for Kentucky Derby winner Orb.