PREAKNESS STAKES EXPERIENCE:
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Venue: Pimlico Raceway
Track Info: A mile and 3/16
Nicknames: The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans
Notable Winners: Smarty Jones
Leading Preakness Winning Jockeys: Eddie Arcaro (6)
See Also: Triple Crown Horse Racing Tickets
The Preakness Stakes is a thoroughbred horse race held yearly at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. The race is an American Grade I stakes race and makes up the second leg of American thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. The other two legs are the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. The Preakness Stakes has been nicknamed “the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” because of the horseshoe-shaped wreath of flowers normally hung around the winner’s neck. The race takes its name from a colt named Preakness who won another Baltimore race the same day Pimlico first opened. Visitors to this historic event will be swept up in the pageantry of the setting and excitement of the race.
The Preakness Stakes was first inaugurated in 1873 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. The race actually predates the Kentucky Derby by two years and is held on the 3rd Saturday in May every year. It is the shortest of the Triple Crown races and usually attracts the winner of the Kentucky Derby, many of the other horses that ran in the Derby, as well as other horses that didn’t run. If a horse wins both the Kentucky Derby an the Preakness, speculation and excitement instantly swirl around the horse and jockey about whether or not the Triple Crown will be won at Belmont.
Traditions at Preakness abound. Along with the horseshoe of black-eyed susans, the winner’s colors are painted on the large weather vane on the building in the course’s infield. The winner also receives a replica of the “Woodlawn Vase”, one of the oldest trophies in American sports. This is an awe-inspiring experience for any sports fan and a must-see for fans of thoroughbred racing. Buy Preakness Stakes tickets today and don’t miss the American tradition that is the Preakness!