2009 Preakness Stakes
The 2009 Preakness Stakes was the 134th running of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown. The value of the race was $1,100,000 in stakes. The race was sponsored by BlackBerry and hence officially was called Blackberry Preakness Stakes. The race took place on May 16, 2009. Post time was 6:19 p.m. EST and was televised in the United States on the NBC television network. The attendance at Pimlico was 77,850.
Rachel Alexandra won by a length, holding off the rapidly closing 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird to become the first filly since 1924 to win the Preakness Stakes, and to extend horse racing's longest losing streak to 31 years since Affirmed became the last Triple Crown winner in 1978.
|Results||Post||Horse||Purse money won|
|Place||2||Mine That Bird||$220,000|
- Margins – 1 length, 1/2 length
- Time – 1:55.08
- Track – Fast
|Mine That Bird||
- $1 Exacta (13-2): $19.60
- $1 Trifecta (13-2-3): $108.10
- $1 Superfecta (13-2-3-10): $2,903.80
The draw for The Preakness Stakes was done on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 near the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course. Rachel Alexandra was made the morning line 8-5 favorite, the first filly accorded that status since 1988. Twelve colts and a filly made up the field.
|Post||Horse name||Trainer||Jockey||Opening Odds||Starting Odds||Finishing Pos.|
|1||Big Drama||David Fawkes||John Velazquez||10-1||10.40||5|
|2||Mine That Bird||Bennie L. Woolley, Jr.||Mike Smith||6-1||6.60||2|
|3||Musket Man||Derek Ryan||Eibar Coa||8-1||11.10||3|
|4||Luv Gov||Wayne Lukas||Jamie Theriot||50-1||24.10||8|
|5||Friesan Fire||J. Larry Jones||Gabriel Saez||6-1||9.00||10|
|6||Terrain||Albert Stall, Jr.||Jeremy Rose||30-1||25.80||7|
|7||Papa Clem||Gary Stute||Rafael Bejarano||12-1||14.10||6|
|8||General Quarters||Thomas R. McCarthy||Julien Leparoux||20-1||16.30||9|
|9||Pioneerof the Nile||Bob Baffert||Garrett Gomez||5-1||6.10||11|
|10||Flying Private||D. Wayne Lukas||Alan Garcia||50-1||25.40||4|
|11||Take the Points||Todd A. Pletcher||Edgar Prado||30-1||18.00||13|
|12||Tone It Down||William Komlo||Kent Desormeaux||50-1||23.90||12|
|13||Rachel Alexandra||Steve Asmussen||Calvin Borel||8-5 fav.||1.80 fav.||1|
- The first Preakness victory by a filly since 1924 when Nellie Morse won.
- Calvin Borel was the first rider to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness on different horses.
- First time since 1906 that a filly (Whimsical) won as a favorite 
- First horse to win from post position 13 
- Attendance was the lowest at Pimlico since 1983.
- Nielsen ratings were the second best since 1990. Only Smarty Jones's victory in 2004 was watched by more viewers since 1990
The 2009 Preakness Stakes included entertainment in the infield. The performers in the infield included ZZ Top, Buckcherry, and Charm City Devils. In addition, there was a professional volleyball tournament in the infield. This year also marked the first year in which fans were not allowed to bring their own beverages into the infield, a move which has drawn some mixed reactions. Infield ticket sales were down 17% this year, which some are attributing to the ban, but others attribute to the recession.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Official Chart of 2009 Preakness Stakes". Equibase. 2009-05-16. http://www.webcitation.org/5gpCakjMb. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harris, Beth (2009-05-16). "Rachel Alexandra wins Preakness by 1 length". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2009-08-11. http://www.webcitation.org/5ixkwJ3RO. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Harris, Beth (2009-05-13). "Rachel Alexandra is 8-5 Preakness favorite". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2009-08-11. http://www.webcitation.org/5ixkvupJF. Retrieved 2009-05-14.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Harris, Beth (2009-05-17). "RACHEL ALEXANDRA: First Filly To Win Preakness Since 1924". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2009-08-11. http://www.webcitation.org/5ixo4VyO1. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Murray, Ken (2009-05-17). "Lady's first: Rachel Alexandra wins Preakness". Baltimore Sun. http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/horseracing/bal-sp.preakrace17may17,0,3710652.story. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
- ↑ Angst, Frank (2009-05-19). "Preakness ratings up 24% this year". Thoroughbred Times. http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/national-news/2009/May/19/Preakness-ratings-up-24-this-year.aspx. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
- ↑ Bill Ordine and Sam Sessa, "Preakness bans outside beverages from the infield," Baltimore Sun, February 6, 2009, , (Accessed 5/8/09). Archived 2009-08-11.
- ↑ Gadi Dechter, "Preakness Sales Slow Out of the Gate: Organizers Hope Derby will Help Spur Interest," Baltimore Sun, May 3, 2009, , (Accessed 5/8/09)