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Preakness Stakes: News and notes before the race

Preakness Stakes: News and notes before the race

A race such as the Preakness Stakes generates plenty of tidbits. Here are some:

--This will mark the first time in the history of the 139 years of the race that a female will be involved in all three major aspects of the race. A filly, Ria Antonia, will run. A trainer, Linda Rice, will saddle Kid Cruz. And a jockey, Rosie Napravnik, will ride Bayern.

--Bob Baffert will saddle Bayern, and if he wins, it will be Baffert's sixth Preakness victory. He would join his friend, Wayne Lukas, in second place among trainers. First is Robert Walden, who won seven in the late 1890s.

--The last filly to enter the Preakness won it. That was Rachel Alexandra in 2009. The owner, the late...

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