Only four fillies had etched their name into Preakness lore in the 134-year running of the event, the last before Rachel Alexandra having been Nellie Morse in 1924.
So perhaps history wasn’t in Rachel Alexandra’s favor, but the present — the Keystone Kops machinations to keep her out of the race, the breathtaking ease with which she had dispatched the field in the Oaks — sure seemed to be, and the betting public sent her postward as the 9-5 choice.
The field assembled beneath the gray Maryland sky, with Big Drama causing a slight delay in the gate.
When the gates opened, Rachel Alexandra hustled out and made a beeline for the front. Breaking from post 13, the filly didn’t have time to waste, as the wide post came with the risk of losing ground. She quickly…