Preakness Stakes Trivia Questions and Answers 2018
So, you think you know anything about the Preakness? The legend of the Kentucky Derby is so well known, and the Belmont gets attention when there is a Triple Crown on the line. But the facts and stories of the Preakness can be more obscure. So, how about some Preakness trivia questions and answers to see how much you know? Here are seven questions for you - seven because that's a lucky number, and you'll need some luck to shine on these tough questions:
1. Derby winners are famously adorned with roses. For the Preakness it is the Black Eyed Susan. Just one problem, though - Black Eyed Susans only bloom in the late summer and fall, so we have been living a lie all these years and the flowers are actually a sorry imposter. What type of flowers are actually used?
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a) Viking daisies
2. The Preakness is entrenched as the second leg of the Triple Crown, but it was actually run before the Kentucky Derby multiple times in the earlier years of the Triple Crown. How many times did this happen?
3. The leading active jockeys in terms of Preakness wins are Kent Desormeaux, Gary Stevens and Victor Espinoza with three wins each. They all have a lot of work left to do, though, to catch the all-time leader who has six wins. Who is it?
a) Pat Day
b) Eddie Arcaro
c) Bill Shoemaker
d) Jerry Bailey
4. Bob Baffert, who trains Justify, has won the Preakness six times - with Silver Charm, Real Quiet, War Emblem, Point Given, Lookin at Lucky and American Pharoah. With a win with Justify he would be tied for the most wins ever in the race. Who would he tie?
a) D. Wayne Lukas
b) Johnny Longden
c) R. Wyndham Walden
d) Ben A. Jones
5. We've done trainers and jockeys, so all that is left is owners. One owner has won this race a record seven times. The same owner also has the record for Derby wins with eight. The owner is scheduled to have at least one runner in the Preakness this year, and they had a Derby starter. Who are they?
a) Winstar Farm
b) Calumet Farm
d) Zayat Stables
6. The largest margin of victory in the Preakness was 11 1/2 lengths. Which horse ran away with the race that convincingly? (Hint - it happened since 2000, and it was a horse that also won the Derby)
a) Silver Charm
b) Big Brown
c) Smarty Jones
d) American Pharoah
7. A tragic chapter in Preakness history came in 2006 when the wildly-popular Derby winner Barbaro broke down in front of the grandstand. He eventually died after a long battle with the injuries and their after-effects. Which horse had his Preakness win overshadowed by that sad event?
a) Afleet Alex
d) Red Bullet
1. A - Viking daisies. They pretend they are black-eyed susans because that is the state flower of Maryland. Of interest, black-eyed susans are on a reasonably short list of flowers that appear naturally in all 48 contiguous states and 10 Canadian provinces.
2. D - 11. The races have been in the current order since 1931. In 1890 the Preakness and the Belmont were run on the same day, so if someone tells you their great-grandfather won the Triple Crown that year you know they are lying.
3. B - Eddie Arcaro. Incredibly, the first two times he won it - 1941 with Whirlaway and 1948 aboard Citation - he went on to win the Triple Crown. Overall, Arcaro win the Derby five times and the Belmont six - both of which are tied for the most in those races as well.
4. C - Walden. He won the race seven times, though the last came in 1888 - with a horse he also owned. Interesting notes on a couple of the incorrect options in the question - D. Wayne Lukas has six Preakness wins like Baffert, so he could tie the record with Bravazo or Sporting Chance this year. And though Johnny Longden won the race only twice, he has the distinction of winning it as both a jockey, riding Count Fleet to a Triple Crown in 1943, and a trainer, winning the Derby and Preakness in 1969 with Majestic Prince.
5. B - Calumet Farm. Calumet hasn't won a Derby since 1968, but they broke that same slump in the Preakness in 2013 when they won with Oxbow. Two of their Preakness winners have won the Triple Crown - Whirlaway and Citation.
6. C - Smarty Jones. The horse was an overwhelming favorite, paying just $3.40 to win. After that dominant performance he was bet even harder in the Belmont but was beaten by a length by Birdstone. John Servis, who trained Smarty Jones, is scheduled to be represented in the Preakness this year by Diamond King.
7. C - Bernardini. The horse had not run in the Derby and was the 13/1 third choice - a price inflated by Barbaro's microscopic 1/2 price. Bernardini went on to be champion three-year-old that year.
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