1971 Preakness Stakes

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96th Preakness Stakes
The Preakness Stakes
Location Pimlico Race Course,
Baltimore, Maryland,
United States
Date May 15, 1971
Winning horse Canonero II
Jockey Gustavo Avila
Conditions Fast
Surface Dirt
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The 1971 Preakness Stakes was the 96th running of the $200,000 Preakness Stakes thoroughbred horse race. The race took place on May 15, 1971, and was televised in the United States on the CBS television network. Canonero II, who was jockeyed by Gustavo Avila, won the race by one and one half lengths over runner-up Eastern Fleet. Approximate post time was 5:40 p.m. Eastern Time. The race was run on a fast track in a final time of 1:54 flat.[1] The Maryland Jockey Club reported total attendance of 47,221, this is recorded as third highest on the list of American thoroughbred racing top attended events for North America in 1971.[2]


The 96th Preakness Stakes Payout Schedule

Horse Name
9 Canonero II $8.80 $6.20 $4.00
5 Eastern Fleet - $8.20 $5.20
11 Jim French - - $3.20

The full chart[edit]

Horse name Trainer Jockey Owner Post Time
1st 0 9 Canonero II Juan Arias Gustavo Avila E. Caibett 3.40-1
2nd 11/2 5 Eastern Fleet Reggie Cornell Eddie Maple Calumet Farm 6.40-1 $30,000
3rd 6 11 Jim French John P. Campo Angel Cordero, Jr. F. J. Caldwell 3.40-1
4th 61/4 1 Sound Off Gustav Ring Chuck Baltazar G. Ring 10.90-1 $7,500
5th 63/4 6 Bold Reason Nick Gonzales Jean Cruguet W. A. Levin 12.40-1
6th 123/4 6 Executioner Edward J. Yowell Jacinto Vasquez October House Farm 3.90-1
7th 131/4 8 Royal J. D. Angelo Bertrand Eddie Belmonte J. M. Davis 54.80-1
8th 131/2 4 Vegas Vic Randy Sechrest Bill Hartack C. Fritz 10.10-1
9th 133/4 3 Impetuosity George Poole Eric Guerin W. P. Rosso 17.20-1
10th 143/4 10 Spouting Horn Jack Kurtz W. D. Fletcher 81.40-1
11th 15 2 Limit to Reason Thomas Joseph Kelly Jorge Velasquez Brookmeade Stable 15.80-1
  • Winning Breeder: E. B. Benjamin; (KY)
  • Winning Time: 1:54-3/5
  • Track Condition: Fast
  • Total Attendance: 47,221[2]


  1. ^ Daily Racing Form, May 16, 1971 Preakness Stakes Chart.
  2. ^ a b 2010 Preakness Stakes Media Guide; page 73 (page P-7 of The Preakness section).

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