Earlier in the week, I went over the opposite: the five best Kentucky Derby winners to come back and lose the Preakness Stakes. There were some good horses, including champion filly Genuine Risk and Secretariat's stable-mate Riva Ridge.
But this list is much more packed.
The distance, field size and even luck of the Derby make it a much more difficult jewel to conquer. Many great horses have failed to find the wire first on the first Saturday in May, yet still went on to become absolute legends of the sport.
Or more succinctly, the list of Preakness winners is a bit more accomplished than the list of Kentucky Derby winners.
Looking just since World War II, here are the five best horses that ran in the Kentucky Derby and lost but came back and claimed the Preakness.
(Please note that most old Preaknesses are not on YouTube, so I've attached video of the Kentucky Derby when the Preakness is unavailable)