WAYNE - News 12 New Jersey's Kurt Siegelin traces the local roots of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg in horse racing's coveted triple crown.
The race and the Preakness section of Wayne share a history dating to the 1860s. Milton Sandford, a local horse trainer, owned a farm in the area. One of his horses, "Preakness," was born in Kentucky, but raised in Wayne.
Sandford trained the horse, which was invited to race at Pimlico racetrack in Baltimore. "Preakness" won and, three years later, the track started a new stakes race for 3-year-olds. Track officials named the race Preakness.
The horse was eventually sold to a British duke, who shot and killed it. The death helped lead to the creation of England's version of the SPCA.