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. In 2019 the race is on May 18. 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
Harvey’s tip Justify is the 2018 Preakness Stakes winner
- Preakness 2018 Entry Time: 18:48
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.
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. 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.
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.