The pivotal Preakness

Updated: May 16, 2011, 2:30 PM ET
By Paul Moran | Special to ESPN.com

The Kentucky Derby may be "America's Race," a franchise, a brand, inspiration of parties in places far from Louisville, office pools and the attention of people who have no other interest in the sport. Its history and lore occupy a separate realm. Winning the Derby is the sport's ultimate fantasy shared by everyone who has ever bred, owned or trained a thoroughbred. It is the Preakness, however, that is central to the Triple Crown, the most important race in the annual trilogy.

The Preakness ...

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