Past winners of the Preakness Stakes include Big Brown, War Emblem and Snow Chief. A full list of winners is available on the Preakness Winners page of Preakness.com, as of May 2015.
Big Brown began his career by winning his first five races, including the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, in 2008. He suffered from hoof injuries afterward, and in the 140th Belmont Stakes, jockey Kent Desormeaux pulled up because he felt something was wrong. The shoe on Big Brown?s right hind leg had dislodged. After a hind hoof injury on Oct. 13, 2008, Big Brown retired, having won seven of his eight races.
War Emblem won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stake in 2002. In doing so, he became trainer Bob Baffert's third horse in 12 years to win the Kentucky Derby. His jockey for both races, Victor Espinoza, hadn't seen the horse before the day of the Kentucky Derby. At the Belmont Stakes that year, War Emblem almost fell at the beginning of the race but managed to take the lead before fading.
Snow Chief won the Preakness Stakes in 1986. The win came after an underwhelming performance at the 1986 Kentucky Derby, where Snow Chief finished in 11th place despite being the favorite.