05/17/2011 11:54AM

No. 10 Preakness Moment: The Fairy Tale, 1971

Canonero II's Preakness victory as a mystery horse from Venezuela came as a shock.

There are moments among the great ones in modern Preakness history that stand out because of tremendous individual effort. This happened in 1971 when Canonero II, the mysterious colt from Venezuela, validated his shocking upset in the Kentucky Derby with a track-record victory in the Preakness. The postrace interviews with Canonero’s jockey and trainer were still difficult without translation, but whatever they said, everyone was suddenly taking them seriously. NEXT >>






Jay Hovdey's Top 10 Preakness Moments

10. The Fairy Tale, 1971 (Canonero)
9. The Duel II, 1989 (Sunday Silence)
8. The Thriller, 1997 (Silver Charm)
7. The Duel, 1978 (Affirmed)
6. The Rumble, 1962 (Greek Money)
5. The Stumble, 2005 (Afleet Alex)
4. The Tragedy, 2006 (Bernardini)
3. The Filly, 2009 (Rachel Alexandra)
2. The Mugging, 1980 (Codex)
1. The Move, 1973 (Secretariat)