Winning the Preakness Stakes, or any jewel of the Triple Crown, is all about timing. Mere milliseconds can determine the winner of the coveted blanket of black-eyed Susans. The famous Secretariat set the record in 1973 at just 1:53 — though it took nearly 40 years for his greatness to be recognized.
Though horses have posted running times faster than Secretariat's, they raced a shorter distance. In fact, the Preakness has been set at seven different distances since it began in 1873. The 1 3/16 miles that it is today has been in place since 1925. So take a look at the top 10 fastest Preakness winners since 1925.