The Marathon race took home the smallest purse on Day 2. It was only roughly $500,000, but the race provided for the best and most memorable story of the weekend.
Yes, some may argue that Drosselmeyer winning the classic with 14-1 odds was more breath taking. This is a valid argument because of the stage that it was on.
Drosselmeyer won the biggest race of the year, yes, but it was Afleet Again that overcame 41-1 odds.
Afleet Again was a side note in most peoples minds for the Marathon, but with legendary jockey Cornelio Velazquez there was no predicting what would happen.
Velazquez took Afleet and moved into the center and made a break to win by 2.25 lengths.
Afleet Again entered the race on a 13-race losing streak. The horse had not won since April of 2010.
This story was a shocking one and the surprise of a horse that appeared to be down and out to come out and win on the biggest horse racing stage of the year was nothing short of impressive.
Afleet Again set the precedent for the day and it showed everyone yet again the unpredictability of horse racing.
Drosselmeyer beating 14-1 odds to win the classic is a very nice story, but it is not as memorable and will never be as memorable as Afleet Again beating 41-1 odds.