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It's quite often called the "Second Jewel of the Triple Crown". It's a fact, but what are some other facts that we might not know? Here are some interesting facts to help us get to know this "second jewel" a little better.
1. This year is the first time since 1996 that the Derby winner won’t be running in the Preakness.
2. The silver Preakness trophy is the most valuable in sports.
3. Favorites strike at a 51 percent rate in the Preakness.
4. Eight winners were bred in the Preakness’s home state of Maryland.
5. The Preakness hasn’t always been run after the Kentucky Derby.
6. A maiden (horse who has never won a race) hasn’t won the Preakness since 1888.
7. The Preakness winner has been named Horse of the Year six times since 1999.
8. Since 1925 the race has been contested at 1 3/16 miles.
9. Rarely is the Preakness won by a horse who didn’t race in the Derby.
10. The first Preakness carried a purse of $2,050.
11. Six of the last seven Preakness winners completed their winter prep races in either California or Arkansas.
12. No horse has won the Preakness by a larger margin than Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones.
One fact that I thought was interesting is #2. The Woodlawn Vase was created by Tiffany and Co. in 1860 and was appraised at 1 million bucks in 1983. I figured the Stanley Cup would be the most valuable trophy in sports, but I was way off on that one. Details on #1: Country House came down with a cough and dropped out of the training list for Preakness. In fact none of the top four finishers from the Kentucky Derby will be running.