The Second Leg Of The Triple Crown Races
The Preakness Stakes is a Grade 1 race over nine and a half furlongs on dirt which is held at Pimlico Racecourse in May each year.
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In 2020 the Preakness race is on May 16. It follows the Kentucky Derby as the second leg of the American Triple Crown with the concluding Belmont Stakes to be staged three weeks later.
The Preakness Stakes 2019 post time was 18:48 on Saturday May 18.
- War of Will is the 2019 Preakness Stakes winner.
- Harvey’s tip Justify was the 2018 Preakness Stakes winner.
The race dates back to 1873 and is commonly known as “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” because of the blanket of flowers which are placed around the winner’s neck after the race. Only the Kentucky Derby attracts a bigger crowd.
Preakness Stakes 2019 Contenders, Odds, and Lineup
If there was one thing I can say about the race:
There’s no contender with over favorable odds. Maximum Security was disqualified from victory in Kentucky Derby 19, and Country Horse the winner of the derby won’t compete due to illness, (which means there will be no Triple Crown winner in 2019).
So which contenders do we have left?
Improbable finished 5th in the Kentucky Derby. With 5-2 odds I imagine he’ll finish in the top 3. Even so, there’s another horse who has a real chance of winning the Preakness 19:
Even if the conditions turn ugly in Pimlico (Which often happens), Alwaysmining is my pick of 2019. His recent race at Federico Tesio Stakes enough was enough to impress me.
The Entire Lineup of Preakness 19 Contenders with odds
- Alwaysmining 8-1
- Anothertwistafate 6-1
- Bodexpress 20-1
- Bourbon War 12-1
- Everfast 50-1
- Improbable 5-2
- Laughing Fox 20-1
- War of Will 4-1
- Market King 30-1
- Owendale 10-1
- Signalman 30-1
- Warrior’s Charge 12-1
- Win Win Win 15-1
Pimlico Race Course is in Baltimore, Maryland. It was named by English settlers in the 1660’s in honour of Olde Ben Pimlico’s Tavern in London.
In 2019 the Pimlico Old Grand has been closed. It’s “no longer suitable to sustain that level of load bearing weight.”
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The racetrack officially opened in 1870 when a colt named Preakness won the Dinner Party Stakes. The big race was named after him and remains the highlight of the racing year in Baltimore.
The racecourse is also famous for the match race in which Seabiscuit beat War Admiral. It happened in the Pimlico Special in November 1938 in front of 43,000 spectators.
That race is over the Preakness distance and Farma Way holds the track record for his Pimlico Special victory in 1991.
Image by: Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation
Pimlico The Surviver
Pimlico has survived the 1904 Great Fire of Baltimore, the anti-gambling movement of 1910 and the Great Depression of the 1930’s. The Preakness Stakes attracted a record attendance of over 121,000 in 2007. This was the highest attendance at a sporting event in the history of Maryland.
The race tracks at Pimlico and Laurel Park were sold to MI Development in 2010 and put into joint-ownership Penn National as operators of the Maryland Jockey Club.
The following year, The Stronach Group took control of the both tracks when MI Development bought out Penn National Gaming’s minority stake. The racecourse has a one-mile oval dirt track surrounding a seven-furlong turf oval.
More than Racing – A Huge Music Fest
Not similar to other races, Preakness has a big music fest called Infield Fest. Some of the greatest acts in the dance festival and hip hop scene boast this event. Here are some of the famous artist names:
- Frank Walker
- Juice WRLD
Notice – you won’t be able to view the Preakness races from Infield.
Join the Middle Crown Jewel in Baltimore
Preakness may be the second most important race in the US, but as you have read, There is much to offer you. From A race rich in history, to an experience with 100,000 excited viewers, and amazing live music:
See the Preakness Stakes for a lifetime event.