1989 Preakness Stakes

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114th Preakness Stakes
The Preakness Stakes
1989 Preakness Logo.jpg
"The Second Jewel of the Triple Crown"
"The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans"
Location Pimlico Race Course,
Baltimore, Maryland,
United States
Date May 20, 1989
Winning horse Sunday Silence
Jockey Pat Valenzuela
Conditions Fast
Surface Dirt

The 1989 Preakness Stakes was the 114th running of the Preakness Stakes thoroughbred horse race. The race took place on May 20, 1989, and was televised in the United States on the ABC television network. Sunday Silence, who was jockeyed by Pat Valenzuela, won the race by a nose over runner-up Easy Goer. Approximate post time was 5:35 p.m. Eastern Time. The race was run over a fast track in a final time of 1:53-4/5.[1] The Maryland Jockey Club reported total attendance of 98,896, this is recorded as second highest on the list of American thoroughbred racing top attended events for North America in 1989.[2]

Jim McKay of ABC Sports labeled it "the best race that I have ever witnessed" during the 1995 Preakness telecast. The stretch duel of the race itself was featured on ABC's Wide World of Sports prelude claiming to be the "thrill of victory" for 12 years. It preceded the more memorable line "and the agony of defeat".


The 114th Preakness Stakes Payout Schedule

Horse Name
8 Sunday Silence $6.20 $3.00 $3.20
2 Easy Goer - $2.40 $2.40
5 Rock Point - - $3.60

$2 Exacta: (8–2) paid $10.40

$2 Trifecta: (8-2–5) paid $66.00

The full chart[edit]

Horse name Trainer Jockey Owner Post Time
1st 0 7 Sunday Silence Charlie Whittingham Pat Valenzuela Gaillard, Hancock & Whittingham 2.10-1 $325,000
2nd nose 8 Easy Goer Claude McGaughey III Pat Day Ogden Phipps .60-1
3rd 5 6 Rock Point Sidney Watters, Jr. Chris Antley Brookmeade Stable 22.80-1 $50,000
4th 7 5 Dansil Frank Brothers Larry Snyder John Franks 28.30-1 $25,000
5th 10 34 1 Hawkster Ronald McAnally Marco Castaneda J. S. Meredith 53.60-1
6th 12 6 Houston D. Wayne Lukas Angel Cordero, Jr. Beal, French & Lukas 5.40-1
7th 38 3 Pulverizing John J. Robb Allen T. Stacy A. A. Heft 70.00-1
8th 39 12 8 Northern Wolf Harold A. Allen Clarance J. Ladner Deep Silver Stable 33.70-1
  • Winning Breeder: Oak Cliff Thoroughbreds, Ltd.; (KY)
  • Final Time: 1:53 4/5
  • Track Condition: Fast
  • Total Attendance: 98,896[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Daily Racing Form, May 21, 1989 Preakness Stakes Chart.
  2. ^ a b 2010 Preakness Stakes Media Guide; page 95 (page P-7 of The Preakness section). The Maryland Jockey Club reported official Total Attendance as 98,896. This is listed as 90,145 Pimlico on-site attendance and 8,751 at Laurel on-site attendance.

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