141st Preakness Facts & Figures

  • Exaggerator became the first horse to win the Preakness after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby since Prairie Bayou in 1993. Others are: Summer Squall 1990, Bally Ache 1960, Fabius 1956, Nashua 1955, Hasty Road 1954, Native Dancer 1953, Hill Prince 1950, Capot 1949, Alsab 1942, Bimelech 1940, Challedon 1939, Dauber 1938, Head Play 1933.
  • Exaggerator became the 12th Preakness winner to start from Post Position 5 since 1909 and just the second in 40 years (Elocutionist 1976). Shackleford won from Post 5 in 2011.
  • Keith and Kent Desormeaux became the first brother trainer-jockey combination to win the Preakness.
  • There have now been 10 Preakness winners that have gone on to sire a Preakness winner. Curlin, who captured the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown in 2007, is the sire of Exaggerator. Others are Bold Ruler (Secretariat), Bold Venture (Assault), Gallant Fox (Omaha), Man o’War (War Admiral), Polynesian (Native Dancer), Citation  (Fabius), Native Dancer (Kauai King), Secretariat (Risen Star) and Summer Squall (Charismatic).
  • Kent Desormeaux is the sixth jockey to win three or more Preaknesses (Real Quiet, Big Brown, Exaggerator). Eddie Arcaro has won the most with six, followed by Pat Day (five), Victor Espinoza (three), Bill Hartack (three) and Gary Stevens (three).
  • Nineteen Preakness winners have gone on to be voted Horse of the Year including each of the last two, American Pharoah (2015) and California Chrome (2014).
  • Exaggerator will attempt to become the 19th horse to win the Preakness and Belmont Stakes after failing to win the Kentucky Derby. The last was Afleet Alex in 2005.
  • Exaggerator is the 33rd horse to run in the Preakness whose name begins with the letter ‘E,’ and the third to win. The others are Effendi (1909) and Elocutionist (1976).
  • Keith Desourmeaux is the 47th trainer to win the Preakness with his first starter. The last was Art Sherman (California Chrome) in 2014.