Preakness History: Horse Racing Trainers With Most Wins

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Written By Giovanni Shorter | Last Updated
Preakness Stakes Winningest Trainers

The trainers are a major factor when it comes to horse racing. Three have triumphed most in overcoming Preakness odds. These trainers take colts and turn them into Pimlico stars. Let’s take a look at Preakness history and who has guided their horses to the winner’s circle the most.

1. Bob Baffert – 8 Preakness Wins

With eight career victories (1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2015, 2018, 2023), Bob Baffert is the trainer who has made the most Preakness history, most recently with National Treasure. Baffert is one of only two trainers to have won the Triple Crown twice, in 2015 and 2018. Baffert also holds the most victories in Triple Crown races with 17.

Baffert’s History of Banned Substances

Baffert’s success has not come without controversy, however. The legendary trainer is currently banned from competing in the Kentucky Derby. This is due to a 2021 scandal where the winning horse, Medina Spirit, trained by Baffert, tested positive twice for the anti-inflammatory steroid betamethasone.

This was not the first horse he’s had test positive for a banned substance

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2. Robert W. Walden – 7 Preakness wins

Before there was Baffert, there was Robert W. Walden. Walden dominated as a trainer in the 19th century, winning the Preakness Stakes seven times (1875, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1888). Walden also trained horses to win the Belmont Stakes four times.

During his 31-year career, Walden trained 101 stakes winners. Walden’s legacy spread across generations, beginning with his son Robert, who won the 1899 Kentucky Derby with Manuel. The Walden family has raised and trained horses that won more than 1,000 races.

3. D. Wayne Lukas: 6 Preakness wins

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With six wins (1980, 1985, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2013), D. Wayne Lukas has the second most Preakness Stakes wins of any active trainer. Lukas has also won both the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes four times each.

He was the first trainer to surpass $100 million in career earnings and then proceeded to be the first to surpass $200 million. Lukas is ninth all-time in races won with 4,913 and is fifth all-time in career purse earnings at $292,948,606. With horse Just Steel, Lukas is targeting the 2024 Preakness Stakes.

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