The 1978 Preakness Stakes was the 103rd running of the $210,000 Grade 1 Preakness Stakes thoroughbred horse race. The race took place on May 20, 1978, and was televised in the United States on the ABC television network. Affirmed, who was jockeyed by Steve Cauthen, won the race by a head over runner-up Alydar, repeating Affirmed's close victory over Alydar in the Kentucky Derby. Believe It finished 3rd, repeating his result from the Kentucky Derby.[1] Approximate post time was 5:41 p.m. Eastern Time. The race was run on a fast track in a final time of 1:54-2/5.[2] The Maryland Jockey Club reported total attendance of 81,261, this is recorded as second highest on the list of American thoroughbred racing top attended events for North America in 1978.[3]

103rd Preakness Stakes
The Preakness Stakes
LocationPimlico Race Course,
Baltimore, Maryland,
United States
DateMay 20, 1978
Winning horseAffirmed
JockeySteve Cauthen
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Longshot Track reward took the lead early, but Affirmed took the lead entering the backstretch.[1] Alydar had remained fairly close to the leaders and almost caught up to Affirmed entering the stretch.[1] But Affirmed never let Alydar catch up, and won by a neck.[1] 3rd place Believe It finished 7 1/2 lengths behind.[1]

Payout edit

The 103rd Preakness Stakes Payout Schedule

Horse Name
6 Affirmed US$3.00 $2.10 $2.10
3 Alydar - $2.10 $2.10
2 Believe It - - $2.10

$2 Exacta: (6–3) paid $4.00

The full chart edit

Horse name Jockey Trainer Owner Post Time
1st 0 6 Affirmed Steve Cauthen Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm 0.50-1
2nd head 3 Alydar Jorge Velásquez John Veitch Calumet Farm 1.80-1 $30,000
3rd 8 2 Believe It Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Hickory Tree Stable 6.70-1 $15,000
4th 101/2 1 Noon Time Spender Herberto Hinojosa Antonio Arcordia Miami Lakes Ranch 80.80-1 $7,500
5th 181/2 7 Indigo Star Robert Fitzgerald King T. Leatherbury Raymond F. Procopio 89.80-1
6th 261/2 5 Dax S. Jack Kurtz Melvin W. Gross Nathan Scherr 93.30-1
7th 301/2 4 Track Reward Bernie Gonzalez Albert S. Barrera Aisquith Stable 88.70-1
  • Winning Breeder: Harbor View Farm; (FL)
  • Winning Time: 1:54 2/5
  • Track Condition: Fast
  • Total Attendance: 81,261[3]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e Sowers, R. (2014). The Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes: A Comprehensive History. McFarland. pp. 232, 364, 382. ISBN 9780786476985.
  2. ^ Daily Racing Form, May 21, 1978 Preakness Stakes Chart.
  3. ^ a b 2010 Preakness Stakes Media Guide; page 95 (page P-7 of The Preakness section).

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