Change of horses highlights Preakness

May 15, 2009 at 10:07 PM

BALTIMORE, May 15 (UPI) -- The second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown will be held Saturday, a race that has produced a unique plot twist.

The Preakness Stakes will be held for the 134th time and the winner of the Kentucky Derby will be on hand to try to make it two victories in a row.


For the first time in the history of the Triple Crown races, however, the jockey that won the Kentucky Derby will be riding a different horse at the Preakness.

Calvin Borel, who turned in a masterful ride in bringing Mine That Bird home the winner at Churchill Downs two weeks ago, has opted to ride filly Rachel Alexandra for Saturday's race.

Rachel Alexandra has made been made an 8-5 favorite to win the Preakness and become the fifth filly to capture the race.

Mine That Bird, having come from last place on the backstretch to win the Kentucky Derby, was a 6-1 choice in the morning line. Mike Smith will take over Mine That Bird for the Preakness.

Mine That Bird will start from the second post position. Rachel Alexandra will start from the 13th slot.

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