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A list of Woodford Cefis Stephens’ accomplishments could pretty much fill a chapter of an encyclopedia.

In a career that started in the 1930s and lasted into the 1990s, the Hall of Fame trainer known as “Woody” was revered as one the sport’s most respected and beloved figures. He won eight Triple Crown races, saddled nine champions and received enough trophies from his stakes wins to stock a three-story museum.

Future Hall of Fame trainer Chad Brown is best known for his prowess with grass horses. Now, it can also be said that he sure knows his way to the Preakness Stakes winner’s circle.

The Preakness Stakes serves as the middle jewel of the Triple Crown but it also has evolved into a destination event for sports and music fans across the country — half elite day of horse racing, half festival.

Secret Oath had barely cooled out following an 8 ¼-length rout of talented Materaya in a New Year’s Eve allowance race at Oaklawn Park when Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas called Robert Mitchell, her breeder and owner.

Bob Ehalt and Tom Pedulla became fast friends when they met on their first day at Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx, N.Y., in 1970. Bob soon introduced Tom to the joys of Thoroughbred racing.

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