Filly wins the Preakness

Skydiver became just the sixth filly to win the Preakness Stakes (G1) with a brilliant performance Oct. 3 at Pimlico Race Course, turning back Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) winner Authentic in a thrilling stretch run.

The 3-year-old daughter of Daredevil ranged up to the lead with a bold move under jockey Robby Albarado after tracking the pace early on the rail, and hooked into a fierce duel with Authentic, who was forwardly placed throughout in a battle for the advantage with stablemate Thousand Words.

Authentic dug deep with every stride, but Swiss Skydiver would not give in, and surged under the wire with just enough to land her historic win.


The final time for the 1 3/16-mile event was a swift 1:53.28, the second-fastest Preakness ever run, according to track announcer Dave Rodman. Secretariat won the 1973 Preakness in 1:53.

It was the first win in the race by a filly since Rachel Alexandra in 2009.

The Preakness was a Breeders' Cup Challenge event for the Nov. 7 Longines Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), guaranteeing the winner a berth in the marquee race at Keeneland. This is the first time a Triple Crown race has been run as part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series. 

Breeding and owners

Swiss Skydiver, ch, 3/f Daredevil — Expo Gold, by Johannesburg

Owner: Peter J. Callahan Breeder: WinStar Farm, LLC (KY) Trainer: Kenneth G. McPeek Jockey: Robby Albarado. 

Sale History KEESEP2018 • $35,000 • Consignor: Select Sales, agent • Buyer: Kenneth McPeek, agent.Jimmy Creed


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