? The trophy for the Preakness is the Wood-lawn Vase. What is its history?
?The Woodlawn Vase, which is insured today for $33,000, was made by Tiffany shortly before the Civil War. It was used as a trophy by the now-defunct Woodlawn Racing Association ( Louisville, Ky.) and was buried somewhere in Kentucky during the war. In 1904 a Maryland Jockey Club member, Thomas Clyde, won it in a stakes race at Sheepshead Bay in New York, and in 1917 he gave it to the Maryland Jockey Club as the perpetual trophy for the Preakness. A half-size reproduction is given each year to the owner of the winning horse.
? Has any horse in recent years skipped the Kentucky Derby but won the Preakness?
? Brookmeade Stable's Bold won the 1951 Preakness after making only two starts as a 3-year-old. These were both at Pimlico, within 10 days of the big race. The first he won, and in the other he finished a close second. Native Dancer (1953) was the last Preakness winner who had not raced the previous winter.
? Has any Preakness winner sired a horse who also won the Preakness?
?Yes, five . Man o' War (1920) was the sire of War Admiral (1937), Gallant Fox (1930) of Omaha (1935), Bold Venture (1936) of Assault (1946), Polynesian (1945) of Native Dancer (1953), and Citation (1948) of Fabius (1956).
? Preakness starters now carry scale weights (colts, 126 pounds; fillies, 121 pounds). Has this always been so?
?Prior to 1924 the Preakness was run under allowance conditions and starters' weights varied considerably. In fact, one winner, Lay-minster in 1910, carried only 84 pounds.
? Has any filly ever won the Preakness?
?Yes, four fillies have won the stakes: Flocarline in 1903, Whimsical in 1906, Rhine Maiden in 1915 and Nellie Morse in 1924. The latter won what is probably the wettest Preakness in history. She was owned by Cartoonist Bud Fisher, the creator of comic strip characters Mutt and Jeff.