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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.[1] The race was sponsored by BlackBerry and hence officially was called Blackberry Preakness Stakes.[1] 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.[2]

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,[2] and to extend horse racing's longest losing streak to 31 years since Affirmed became the last Triple Crown winner in 1978.

Contents

Results

[1]

Results Post Horse Purse money won
Win 13 Rachel Alexandra $660,000
Place 2 Mine That Bird $220,000
Show 3 Musket Man $121,000
Fourth 10 Flying Private $66,000
Fifth 1 Big Drama $33,000
  • Margins – 1 length, 1/2 length
  • Time – 1:55.08
  • Track – Fast

Payout

$2 prices:[1]

Post Horse Win Place Show

13

Rachel Alexandra

$ 5.60

$4.60

$3.60

2

Mine That Bird

$6.60

$4.80

3

Musket Man

$5.00

The Field

The draw for The Preakness Stakes was done on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 near the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course.[3] Rachel Alexandra was made the morning line 8-5 favorite, the first filly accorded that status since 1988.[3] 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

Performance

  • The first Preakness victory by a filly since 1924 when Nellie Morse won.[4]
  • Calvin Borel was the first rider to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness on different horses.[5]
  • First time since 1906 that a filly (Whimsical) won as a favorite [5]
  • First horse to win from post position 13 [4]
  • Attendance was the lowest at Pimlico since 1983.[2]
  • Nielsen ratings were the second best since 1990. Only Smarty Jones's victory in 2004 was watched by more viewers since 1990[6]

Infield

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.[7] Infield ticket sales were down 17% this year, which some are attributing to the ban, but others attribute to the recession.[8]

See also

References

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 
  6. 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. 
  7. Bill Ordine and Sam Sessa, "Preakness bans outside beverages from the infield," Baltimore Sun, February 6, 2009, [1], (Accessed 5/8/09). Archived 2009-08-11.
  8. Gadi Dechter, "Preakness Sales Slow Out of the Gate: Organizers Hope Derby will Help Spur Interest," Baltimore Sun, May 3, 2009, [2], (Accessed 5/8/09)



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