Preakness Fun Facts (05/08/14)

John Ewing, Director of Research and Analytics, @johnewing
Fun Facts about the Preakness Stakes in the lead up to the second race of the Triple Crown.

As the early favorite, California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby, prepares for the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes, we take a moment to look back at the long and storied tradition of one of America's greatest races.

Be sure to check back next week for's full Preakness Analysis.

Fun Facts

  • The Preakness is named after the horse that won the first ever run stakes at Pimlico.
  • The Preakness Stakes is sometimes dubbed "The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans" because of a blanket of Viking daisies traditionally placed around the winner's neck. It takes three people two full days to create the blanket.
  • The Woodlawn Vase is the trophy presented to the owner of the Preakness winner. In 1983, the trophy was assessed at $1 million. Winners now get a replica of the trophy that cost $30,000.
  • The Painting of the Weather Vane – after the winner is official the weather vane on top of the replica Old Clubhouse is painted the color of the winner's silks.
  • The official drink of the Preakness Stakes is the Black Eyed Susan cocktail made with orange juice and vodka.
  • The Preakness had been run on every day but Sunday and since 1931 only on Saturday.
  • Winning Colors – more than half of all winning horses of the Preakness have been bays. Chestnut, the color of California Chrome, is the second most popular color with 44 winners.
  • Only four California-bred horses have ever won the Preakness and none since Snow Chief in 1986.

With few winners originating from California, does this spell trouble for California Chrome? Check back next week as we present our full Preakness Analysis with Pace Figures and Form Cycle Patterns.


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