Leyland's hopes for horse racing milestone dashed

ARLINGTON -- A year ago, Tigers manager Jim Leyland watched Miguel Cabrera become the first player to win a Triple Crown in 45 years. This year, he was rooting for a Triple Crown of a different kind.

Before Saturday's game against the Rangers, Leyland was watching the pre-race festivities at the Preakness Stakes. He said he was rooting for Orb, who won the Kentucky Derby earlier this month, to win the second leg of the Triple Crown.

"I want that Triple Crown," Leyland said. "I think it'd be good for horse racing. It's unbelievable. It's beautiful. That place is nice. All kinds of people having a good time."

Cabrera batted .330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBIs last season, all of which led the American League. But Leyland's hopes for a Triple Crown in horse racing this year were dashed by Oxbow, who won the 138th Preakness Stakes while Orb finished 4th.

The other two horses Leyland was pulling for, Departing and Will Take Charge, finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Affirmed won the last Triple Crown in 1978.

Christian Coronais a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.