Baltimore Sun

Deputed Testamony won the Preakness 30 years ago this week [Editorial]

Harford County has had many big-time sports moments in its glorious history.

Perhaps none were bigger, however, than the one that happened 30 years ago this week. That's when Harford County's own Deputed Testamony won the 1983 Preakness, bringing home the second of the three jewels of the Triple Crown of thoroughbred horse racing contested each year.


The Triple Crown, for horse racing novices, is the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May, the Preakness down the road at Pimlico in Baltimore on the third Saturday in May and the Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., on Long Island three Saturdays later.

Deputed Testamony's win put Harford County on the horse racing map in ways it hadn't been since the famed Havre de Grace Race Track, "The Graw," closed in 1950.


In a fitting coincidence to honor the 30th anniversary, Harford County has another tie to the big time in Orb, the Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness favorite, in Saturday's 138th Preakness.

Orb is the son of Malibu Moon, one-time stallion at the Pons family's Country Life Farm in Bel Air.

Whether Orb will match his favorite's status remains to be seen. And it will be by 80 members of the Pons clan, as detailed on the front page.

The rest of Harford County should be watching, too.