Fastest Preaknesses

Preakness Stakes

May 20, 2007

Curlin's winning time tied the Preakness record because earlier races were not timed to hundredths of a second.

Curlin (2007) 1:53.46

Curlin nipped Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense by putting his head in front on the final stride.

Louis Quatorze (1996) 1:53 2/5

Louis Quatorze quickly gained the lead and set all the fractions over a drying-out track termed fast.

Tank's Prospect (1985) 1:53 2/5

Tank's Prospect took the lead during the final strides. Chief's Crown held the lead through the stretch.

SPLITS

Horse 1/4 1/2 3/4 Str Fin

Curlin :22.830 :45.750 1:09.800 1:34.680 1:53.460 Louis Quatorze :23 :46 1/5 1:09 4/5 1:34 2/5 1:53 2/5

Tank's Prospect :22 2/5 :45 1/5 1:09 2/5 1:34 1/5 1:53 2/5

Next fastest Horse Year Time

Gate Dancer 1984 1:53 3/5 Summer Squall 1990 1:53 3/5

Sunday Silence 1989 1:53 4/5 Canonero II 1971 1:54

Horse Year Time

Hansel 1991 1:54 Timber Country 1995 1:54

Spectacular Bid 1979 1:54 1/5 Codex 1980 1:54 1/5

Note: Secretariat's time in the 1973 Preakness, officially recorded as 1:54 2/5, is disputed. Three men in the press box at the time and a videotape review 25 years later all clocked the winning time at 1:53 2/5, which would have been a record that has since been matched three times.

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