A rematch between the Derby and Preakness winners sure didn’t scare off the competition for the Belmont Stakes. The field of 14 matches the largest since 1996, one shy of the record set in 1983.
This Saturday’s Belmont Stakes in New York lacks a Triple Crown attempt but it does include the next best thing: a rematch between the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winners.
Oxbow has won the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, meaning there will be no Triple Crown winner for the 35th consecutive year.
The trainer of Orb says he’s experienced a variety of emotions during the week leading up to the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes, and those mixed feelings have remained as the race at Pimlico draws near.
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.
It’s hard to surmise a scenario where we aren’t talking about yet another pending attempt to end racing’s long wait for the twelfth Triple Crown winner after this year’s Preakness.
Orb has won the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs to become the newest contender for a Triple Crown.
By Kevin Martin This year is the first time that colts making the field in the Kentucky Derby qualified under a new points system. In years past, colts qualified based on graded stakes earnings. A total […]