18 May 2007
And the winner of the Preakness is: Curlin
On Saturday there will be two horses on people's minds. It will be one year since Barbaro was going for the second jewel in the triple crown at the Preakness. It will be impossible for those who saw the tragic accident that eventually ended his life not to remember the great Kentucky Derby winner and the months of treatment that made the whole nation aware of a magnificent animal. Pimilico has renamed the Sir Barton Stakes in his honor. The Barbaro Stakes will run just before the Preakness.
Going off from post position 8 in the Preakness will be Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense. He will be competing against eight other horses who are the best of their generation. Can Street Sense take the second leg and wear the black eyed susans as well as he wore the roses? If he wins, will we finally have a triple crown winner wearing a blanket of carnations at The Belmont?
For those who want to bet or just know the who what and where, here is the Preakness field with their jockeys and odds
1 Mint Slewlap 30/1 Desormeux
2 Xchanger 15/1 Bravo
3 Circular Quay 8/1 Velazquez
4 Curlin 7/2 Albarado
5 King of the Roxy 12/1 Gomez
6 Flying First Class 20/1 Guidry
7 Hard Spun 5/2 Pino
8 Street Sense 7/5 Borel
9 C P West 20/1 Prado
For those who like to join in on traditions, here is your meal and beverage for the Preakness
Maryland Crab Cakes
1 lb. Crab meat (preferably back-fin)
1/4 c. Mayonnaise
2 T. Parsley, minced
1/2 t. Salt
1/2 c. Soft bread crumbs
2 Eggs, beaten
5 drops Tabasco sauce
fine cracker crumbs
1 stick Butter (can substitute margarine or oil)
Optional for those who prefer more zing: 1 T. horseradish
Combine all ingredients except crumbs and butter and mix together lightly. Form into desired size cakes but do not pack firmly then pat lightly with cracker crumbs. Chill for an hour so they are easier to handle.
Heat butter in a large skillet and fry cakes until golden brown on all sides. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.
Traditional drink of the Preakness
2 oz. Grand Marnier
1/2 oz. White Creme de Menthe
1/2 oz. Brandy
Pour liquors over crushed ice in a shaker,
shake well and pour into a glass.