05/17/2011 12:11PM

No. 3 Preakness Moment: The Filly, 2009


Mine That Bird ran an admirable Preakness in 2009 to prove his romp two weeks earlier in the Kentucky Derby was not a fraud. As it turned out, though, his late kick fell a length short of a catching a legend on the rise.

Rachel Alexandra, fresh from her domination of the Kentucky Oaks, laid that same race on the colts at Pimlico, then went on from there to become Horse of the Year. It wasn't quite as simple as that, but the Preakness is where she seized the stage and never let go. 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)