05/18/2017 9:26AM

Preakness has become maker of champions

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BALTIMORE – The road to a divisional Eclipse Award has run through the Preakness in 15 of the last 20 years.

Since Silver Charm won in 1997, all but five Preakness winners have been voted the top 3-year-old male of the year. The exceptions were Tiznow (2000), Summer Bird (2009), Animal Kingdom (2011), Will Take Charge (2013), and Arrogate (2016).

During the same 20-year period, the Eclipse has been voted to 11 winners of the Derby and four of the Belmont.

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