On This Date 5/18/2002
War Emblem wins the Preakness Stakes, coming one step closer to the first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. The wild stallion was often temperamental and had a habit of biting those around him. War Emblem changed trainers with Bob Baffert taking over from Frank Springer. Jockey Victor Espinoza never met the horse before winning the Kentucky Derby. War Emblem would fall short, finishing eighth in the Belmont Stakes.