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Last Updated September 17, 2020

Preakness Stakes Winners

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Notable Preakness Winners

Some rivalries have emerged from races leading up to the Triple Crown and ultimately in Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes duels.

Duels which include 2016, when Nyquist won the Kentucky Derby just ahead of Exaggerator. Then Exaggerator would turn the tables on Nyquist to splash home to victory on a sloppy Pimlico track. Or when Sunday Silence and Easy Goer engaged in one of the greatest and most memorable stretch runs in Preakness history. Sunday Silence won the 1989 Preakness Stakes by a nose over Easy Goer after also beating him in the Derby by just over 2 lengths. However, Easy Goer would win the Belmont Stakes and prevent Sunday Silence from winning the Triple Crown.

The last several editions of the Preakness have showcased various superstar performances and prolonged the Triple Crown dreams of several of its winners.

Kentucky Derby winners Big Brown (2008), I’ll Have Another (2012), and California Chrome (2014) all kept their Triple Crown dreams alive when repeating two weeks later in the Baltimore, Maryland classic. American Pharoah (2015) and Justify (2018) did as well, and then succeeded where the others failed, by sweeping the Triple Crown in a Belmont Stakes victory three weeks later.

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming was unable to clinch the 2017 Preakness Stakes, but 2018 Kentucky Derby winner Justify is looks to have a great shot and probable morning line favorite to win. His chances to win the second leg of the Triple Crown seem pretty good against a field most likely sitting under 10 starters at Pimilico. Ten of the last 21 Kentucky Derby winners have gone on to win the Preakness Stakes. 

Other notable Preakness winners and events include filly Rachel Alexandra beating the boys in 2009 (first filly to win since 1924), and Derby winner Barbaro tragically breaking down in the Preakness during the 2006 race. In 2016, a track record 135,256patrons attended the Preakness at Pimlico despite rainy weather. Those fans bet a record amount of $94,127,434on Preakness day in 2016.

Full Preakness Stakes Winner List

5/18/2019War of WillTyler Gaffalione Mark Casse
5/19/2018JustifyMike SmithBob Baffert
5/20/2017Cloud ComputingJavier CastellanoChad C. Brown
5/21/2016ExaggeratorKent J. DesormeauxJ. Keith Desormeaux
5/16/2015American PharoahVictor EspinozaBob Baffert
5/17/2014California ChromeVictor EspinozaArt Sherman
5/18/2013OxbowGary L. StevensD. Wayne Lukas
5/19/2012I’ll Have AnotherMario GutierrezDoug F. O’Neill
5/21/2011ShacklefordJesus Lopez CastanonDale L. Romans
5/15/2010Lookin At LuckyMartin GarciaBob Baffert
5/16/2009Rachel AlexandraCalvin H. BorelSteven M. Asmussen
5/17/2008Big BrownKent J. DesormeauxRichard E. Dutrow, Jr.
5/19/2007CurlinRobby AlbaradoSteven M. Asmussen
5/20/2006BernardiniJavier CastellanoThomas Albertrani
5/21/2005Afleet AlexJeremy RoseTimothy F. Ritchey
5/15/2004Smarty JonesStewart ElliottJohn C. Servis
5/17/2003Funny CideJose A. SantosBarclay Tagg
5/18/2002War EmblemVictor EspinozaBob Baffert
5/19/2001Point GivenGary L. StevensBob Baffert
5/20/2000Red BulletJerry D. BaileyJoseph F. Orseno
5/15/1999CharismaticChris W. AntleyD. Wayne Lukas
5/16/1998Real QuietKent J. DesormeauxBob Baffert
5/17/1997Silver CharmGary L. StevensBob Baffert
5/18/1996Louis QuatorzePat DayNicholas P. Zito
5/20/1995Timber CountryPat DayD. Wayne Lukas
5/21/1994Tabasco CatPat DayD. Wayne Lukas
5/15/1993Prairie BayouMike E. SmithThomas K. Bohannan
5/16/1992Pine BluffChris J. McCarronThomas K. Bohannan
5/18/1991HanselJerry D. BaileyFrank L. Brothers
5/19/1990Summer SquallPat DayNeil J. Howard
5/20/1989Sunday SilencePatrick A. ValenzuelaCharles E. Whittingham
5/21/1988Risen StarEddie J. DelahoussayeLouie J. Roussel, III
5/16/1987AlyshebaChris J. McCarronJack C. Van Berg
5/17/1986Snow ChiefAlex O. SolisMelvin F. Stute
5/18/1985Tank’s ProspectPat DayD. Wayne Lukas
5/19/1984Gate DancerAngel Cordero, Jr.Jack C. Van Berg
5/21/1983Deputed TestamonyDonald Andrew Miller, Jr.J. William Boniface
5/15/1982Aloma’s RulerJack Leroy KaenelJohn J. Lenzini, Jr.
5/16/1981Pleasant ColonyJorge VelasquezJohn P. Campo
5/17/1980CodexAngel Cordero, Jr.D. Wayne Lukas
5/19/1979Spectacular BidRonald Joseph FranklinGrover G. Delp
5/20/1978AffirmedStephen CauthenLazaro S. Barrera
5/21/1977Seattle SlewJean CruguetWilliam H. Turner, Jr.
5/15/1976ElocutionistJohn LivelyPaul T. Adwell