PREAKNESS WINNERS SINCE 1973: NEW SHOOTERS
Beginning in 1973, seven Preakness winners (15.2%) did not compete in the Kentucky Derby, and 39 Preakness (84.8%) winners did. Here's a look at those seven winning new shooters. All but two had won its most recent race.
2017: Cloud Computing won the Preakness at 13-1 odds, edging Classic Empire. His most recent start had resulted in a mediocre third-place finish in the Wood Memorial. Always Dreaming went to the lead and set fractions of 23.16, 46.81 and 1:11.00 while being pressured from the outside by Classic Empire. Always Dreaming quit on the far turn. Cloud Computing tracked those two in third, two or three lengths off the pace, before wearing down a tiring Classic Empire about 50 yards from the wire.
2009: Rachel Alexandra won the Kentucky Oaks by 20 lengths, and Calvin Borel got off the Derby winner, Mine That Bird, to ride 'Rachel' to victory in the Preakness. She was sent off as the favorite. Rachel broke seventh from the outside post 13, but Borel guided her to the front quickly, and she led all the way home. She was favored at 9-5. Mine That Bird finished second, Musket Man third.
2006: The Preakness field had only nine starters, with three of those, including Barbaro, coming from the Derby. Bernardini was 12-1 and won from four lengths off the pace after six furlongs. Barbaro unfortunately broke down. Bernardini came out of the Withers Stakes, which he won.
2000: At 6-1 odds, Red Bullet came from well off the pace to upset Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus on a track rated good. There was again a small field of only eight starters, but five of them, including FuPeg, came from the Derby. Red Bullet had last raced in the Wood Memorial, when he finished second to FuPeg.
1983: Sunny's Halo won the Derby, but Deputed Testamony won the Preakness on a sloppy track after tracking the pace at 14-1 odds. There was a field of 12, with six Derby starters returning for the Preakness, including Sunny's Halo. Sent off at 5-2 odds in the Derby, Sunny's Halo was made a virtual even money favorite in the Preakness. He finished sixth after racing in contention early, then spitting the bit at the top of the stretch. Deputed Testamony came into the Preakness out of a 4 1/2-length win in the $25,000 Keystone Stakes, run just a week before.
1982: This was a weird year. There were 19 starters in the Derby but only seven starters in the Preakness -- and Derby winner Gato del Sol was not among them. Four starters from the Derby were in the Preakness field. New shooter Aloma's Ruler won the Preakness in front-running fashion at 6-1 odds on a fast track, and the two other new shooters ran two-three. The four who returned from the Kentucky Derby rounded out the finish. One of the new shooters was very highly-regarded -- Blue Grass Stakes winner Linkage skipped the Derby and was bet at 1-2 in the Preakness, but he finished second. Aloma's Ruler won the Withers Stakes, run a week before the Preakess in those days.
1980: At 5-2 odds, Codex was the Preakness winner after running well-positioned and taking over after six furlongs. Codex won the Santa Anita Derby before going to the Preakness. It was a field of eight that included Derby winner Genuine Risk -- who finished second in the Preakness at 2-1 odds after being 13-1 in the Derby. Aside from Genuine Risk, only one other Derby runner went on in that year's Preakness. Jaklin Klugman ran third in the Derby and was a well-beaten fourth in the Preakness.