Second leg of Triple Crown could bear little resemblance to Kentucky Derby

May 7 (UPI) -- The Triple Crown trail wends its way next to Baltimore for the May 18 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course with the potential of a significantly different cast of characters than Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Meanwhile, an entire weekend of top-class racing on turf and dirt, from coast to coast, largely was eclipsed on Derby weekend. But we have here, however briefly, the results of the big ones.

All of that was coupled with the shocking defeat of City of Troy in Saturday's English 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, along with other global doings from Tokyo and Hong Kong. We have that in the separate international report.

Trainer Kenny McPeek took his star turn on the Churchill Downs backstretch Sunday after becoming only the fourth trainer to win the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks in the same year. McPeek did it with Thorpedo Anna in Friday's Oaks and Mystik Dan in the Derby.

Wow," he said, reflecting on Mystik Dan's ground-saving ride under jockey Brian Hernandez that got him home first by a nose while Sierra Leone and Forever Young bumped their way down the stretch to the tightest three-way Derby photo finish since 1947.

But as McPeek peeked into the future, it sounded as though the stars at Churchill Downs might be eclipsed by a new constellation at Pimlico in two weeks' time, maybe even without the Derby winner.

Trainer Chad Brown said of Sierra Leone's trip, "It can be brutal dealing with the agony of defeat sometimes. He's good. But he's not going to the Preakness."

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