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Preakness Stakes starts in 10 days, a look into the favorites

May 15, 2010 will bring the 135th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.  The Preakness is the second leg of the prestigious Triple Crown for top three year old thoroughbreds in America. It follows the Kentucky Derby held at Churchill Downs on May 1, 2010.  The third leg of the Triple Crown will be at the Belmont Stakes on June 5, 2010.

May 15 is the date of the 135th edition of the Preakness Stakes, which will take place at Pimlico Race Course, located in Baltimore, Maryland. This is the second largest horse race of the Triple Crown, the prestigious yearly event that also includes the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes.

The Triple Crown has taken place for the past 74 years, and during such time, there’s only been eleven horses that have won all 3 races, 21 that made it to two victories but failed to win a 3rd one. The last thoroughbred to win the three events was “affirmed” back in 78’. And since only the Kentucky Derby has taken place so far, this might as well be the year in which another horse can come up victorious in the most selective horse racing competition in the world.

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The Preakness is a race that offers a one million dollar prize to the winner and it also determines if the winner of the Kentucky Derby has the chance to come up with a full Triple Crown victory. This is a race that is limited to 14 horses, some of which already saw action at the Derby, and some which are brand new contenders.

It is not clear yet if Eskendereya (the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby but which was left out due a swollen leg) will be making it to the Stakes, but Lookin at Lucky, another Derby favorite, will certainly be competing at the Preakness, and if Eskendereya is healthy at the moment of the competition, it is certain that these are the two favorite horses to win the race.

Others that might see action in the upcoming Preakness Stakes 2010 are Ice Box (a true rising star), the horse that finished second in the Derby, and Sidney’s Candy, which ended up 17 in the Derby, but if Super Saver (who automatically became into a favorite after winning the Derby) manages to beat the rest of the horses and comes up with a second victory, he will be just one race away from making history by winning the Triple Crown.

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