Meet the Horses That Posted the Fastest Preakness Times

Winning the Preakness Stakes is all about timing.

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1990: Summer Squall wins the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland. Mandatory Credit:
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Secretariat on the rail, with jockey Ron Turcotte, won the 1973 Preakness Stakes in a record-setting 1:53 flat. The thoroughbred's running time was initially clocked at 1:55, but later analysis of independent timers revealed that he actually ran the race much faster. His unprecedented Preakness time wasn't officially recognized until 2012, when the Maryland Racing Commission voted unanimously to change the record. Secretariat, who also set the record at the Kentucky Derby earlier that year, went on to set another record at the Belmont Stakes and, therefore, claim the coveted Triple Crown.
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Tank’s Prospect, mounted by Pat Day, left, pulled ahead of Chief’s Crown to win the 1985 Preakness Stakes in 1:53.40.
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Jockey Pat Day celebrated his victory after his thoroughbred, Louis Quatorze, finished the 1996 Preakness in 1:53.40.
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Curlin, left, with jockey Robby Albarado, passed Street Sense to win the 2007 Preakness Stakes in 1:53.46.
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Angel Cordero Jr. (pictured here in the 1980s) rode Gate Dancer across the 1984 finish line, winning the race in 1:53.60.
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Summer Squall won the 1990 Preakness with jockey Pat Day in 1:53.60.
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Sunday Silence, with jockey Pat Valenzuela, nosed out Easy Goer to win the 1989 Preakness Stakes in 1:53.80.
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Canonero II crossed the 1971 finish line first, completing the race in 1:54 flat. This June 2, 1971, photo shows Canonero II with trainer Juan Arias at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, after winning Preakness and the earlier Kentucky Derby.
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Hansel, with jockey Jerry Bailey, claimed victory in the 1991 Preakness after crossing the finish line in 1:54. He is pictured here just before the Kentucky Derby earlier that year.
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Timber Country, left, with jockey Pat Day aboard, beat out OIiver's Twist and Thunder Gulch to win the 1995 Preakness in 1:54.
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