Preakness Stakes


The Preakness Stakes

The Second Jewel


The Preakness Stakes G1 is the middle jewel in thoroughbred racing's triple crown, run at a distance of 1 3/16 miles over the main track at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland on the third Saturday in May.


Fillies carry 121 pounds, colts 126 pounds. Established in 1873, Preakness traditions include singing the official state song “Maryland, My Maryland,” the painting of the colours and draping the winning horse with a blanket of black-eyed Susans.


Preakness History


The Preakness Stakes
Fastest time 1:53
1873 Survivor G. Barbee
1874 Culpepper W. Donohue
1875 Tom Ochiltree L. Hughes
1876 Shirley G. Barbee
1877 Cloverbrook C. Holloway
1878 Duke of Magenta C. Holloway
1879 Harold L. Hughes
1880 Grenada L. Hughes
1881 Saunterer T. Costello
1882 Vanguard T. Costello
1883 Jacobus G. Barbee
1884 Knight of Ellerslie Fisher
1885 Tucumseh W. Donohue
1886 The Bard Fisher
1887 Dunboyne W. Donohue
1888 Refund F. Littlefield
1889 Buddhist Anderson
1890 Montague W. Martin
1894 Assignee F. Taral
1895 Belmar F. Taral
1896 Margrave H. Griffin
1897 Paul Kauvar Thorpe
1898 Sly Fox W. Simms
1899 Half Time R. Clawson
1900 Hindus H. Spencer
1901 The Parader Landry
1902 Old England L. Jackson
1903 Flocarline W. Gannon
1904 Bryn Mawr E. Hildebrand
1905 Cairngorm W. Davis
1906 Whimsical W. Miller
1907 Don Enrique G. Mountain
1908 Royal Tourist E. Dugan
1909 Effendi W. Doyle
1910 Layminster R. Estep
1911 Watervale E. Dugan
1912 Colonel Holloway C. Turner
1913 Buskin J. Butwell
1914 Holiday A. Schuttinger
1915 Rhine Maiden D. Hoffman
1916 Damrosch L. McAtee
1917 Kalitan Ev. Haynes
1918 War Cloud J. Loftus
Jack Hare, Jr. C. Peak
1919 Sir Barton J. Loftus
1920 Man o' War C. Kummer
1921 Broomspun F. Coltiletti
1922 Pillory L. Morris
1923 Vigil B. Marinelli
1924 Nellie Morse J. Merimee
1925 Coventry C. Kummer
1926 Display J. Maiben
1927 Bostonian A. Abel
1928 Victorian R. Workman
1929 Dr. Freeland L. Schaefer
1930 Gallant Fox E. Sande
1931 Mate G. Ellis
1932 Burgoo King E. James
1933 Head Play C. Kurtsinger
1934 High Quest R. Jones
1935 Omaha W. Saunders
1936 Bold Venture G. Woolf
1937 War Admiral C. Kurtsinger
1938 Daubet M. Peters
1939 Challedon G. Seabo
1940 Bimelech F.A. Smith
1941 Whirlaway E. Arcaro
1942 Alsab B. James
1943 Count Fleet J. Longden
1944 Pensive C. McCreary
1945 Polynesian W.D. Wright
1946 Assault W. Mehrtens
1947 Faultless D. Dodson
1948 Citation E. Arcaro
1949 Capot T. Atkinson
1950 Hill Prince E. Arcaro
1951 Bold E. Arcaro
1952 Blue Man C. McCreary
1953 Native Dancer E. Guerin
1954 Hasty Road E. Arcaro
1955 Nashua W. Hartack
1956 Fabius E. Arcaro
1957 Bold Ruler I. Valenzuela
1958 Tim Tam J. Adams
1959 Royal Orbit W. Harmatz
1960 Bally Ache R. Ussery
1961 Carry Back J. Sellers
1962 Greek Money J.L. Rotz
1963 Candy Spots W. Shoemaker
1964 Northern Dancer W. Hartack
1965 Tom Rolfe R. Turcotte
1966 Kauai King D. Brumfield
1967 Damascus W. Shoemaker
1968 Forward Pass I. Valenzuela
1969 Majestic Prince W. Hartack
1970 Personality E. Belmonte
1971 Canonero II G. Avila
1972 Bee Bee Bee E. Nelson
1973 Secretariat R. Turcotte
1974 Little Current M. Rivera
1975 Master Derby D. McHargue
1976 Elocutionist J. Lively
1977 Seattle Slew J. Cruguet
1978 Affirmed S. Cauthen
1979 Spectacular Bid R. Franklin
1980 Codex A. Cordero, Jr.
1981 Pleasant Colony J. Velasquez
1982 Aloma's Ruler J. Kaenel
1983 Deputed Testamony D. Miller
1984 Gate Dancer A. Cordero, Jr.
1985 Tank's Prospect P. Day
1986 Snow Chief A. Solis
1987 Alysheba C. McCarron
1988 Risen Star E. Delahoussaye
1989 Sunday Silence P. Valenzuela
1990 Summer Squall P. Day
1991 Hansel J. Bailey
1992 Pine Bluff C. McCarron
1993 Prairie Bayou M. Smith
1994 Tabasco Cat P. Day
1995 Timber Country P. Day
1996 Louis Quatorze P. Day
1997 Silver Charm G. Stevens
1998 Real Quiet K. Desormeaux
1999 Charismatic C. Antley
2000 Red Bullet J. Bailey
2001 Point Given G. Stevens
2002 War Emblem V. Espinoza
2003 Funny Cide J. Santos
2004 Smarty Jones S. Elliott
2005 Afleet Alex J. Rose
2006 Bernardini J. Castellano
2007 Curlin R. Albarado
2008 Big Brown K. Desormeaux
2009 Rachel Alexandra C. Borel
2010 Lookin at Lucky M. Garcia
2011 Shackleford J. Castanon
2012 I'll Have Another M. Gutierrez
2013 Oxbow G. Stevens
2014 California Chrome V. Espinoza
2015 American Pharoah V. Espinoza
2016 Exaggerator K. Desormeaux
2017 Cloud Computing J. Castellano
2018 Justify M. Smith
2019 War of Will T. Gaffalione




History of the Preakness Stakes

Thoroughbred Racing at the Great Race Place


Introduced in 1873 when Pimlico Racecourse held its first spring meet, the race has become one of the most important in American thoroughbred racing.


Survivor won the first Preakness Stakes in 1873 by ten lengths, the largest margin of victory for over a century until Smarty Jones won by 11 1/2 lengths in 2004.


Secretariat owns the fastest time in the Preakness of 1:53.00, Man o’ War won the 1920 Preakness after skipping the Kentucky Derby.


The Preakness has been won by 35 winners of the Kentucky Derby, including 12 triple crown winners and fillies have won the Preakness five times.


The 145th Preakness Stakes will run on the third Saturday in May, 2020 covering 1 3/16th miles. The race has been run at 1 3/16 miles since 1925.


The Preakness Stakes has been run at different distances throughout history and remains today, the shortest of the three triple crown races.


The highest paying winner, Master Derby in 1975, paid $48.80 to win; with Citation in 1948 and Spectacular Bid in 1979 both paying $2.20 at the low end of the spectrum.


Huge crowds and high television ratings are normal for the crown jewel of Maryland’s thoroughbred racing.




Godolphin's Maxfield to Skip the Kentucky Derby

Trainer Brendan Walsh Pointing to Preakness


Godolphin's undefeated Maxfield worked a half-mile breeze at Palm Meadows continuing toward his three-year-old debut.

After scratching from the Breeders' Cup Juvenile G1 with a minor foot bruise, he returned to the work tab Feb. 17 and Walsh is doubtful there will be time to make the $1 million Curlin Florida Derby G1 on March 28 at Gulfstream Park, indicating that skipping the first leg of the triple crown in favor of the Preakness Stakes G1 at Pimlico Race Course is on the table.




Preakness 145 Tickets on Sale

Grade 1 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racecourse


The Stronach Group and the Maryland Jockey Club, owners of the legendary Pimlico Race Course, announced today that facility and Preakness Village tickets to Preakness 145 are on sale.


The Preakness Stakes G1, the middle jewel of the triple crown, will be held on Saturday, May 16th 2020 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.


Tickets range from $40 to $750 per person. Preakness 145 will feature something for everyone.


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Secretariat’s Preakness Garland

To be sold at auction


The flower garland draped over Secretariat after winning the 1973 Preakness Stakes will be sold at auction. Provenance of the garland originates directly from Secretariat's owner, Mrs. Penny Chenery.


The garland has been stripped of its flowers, folded into a V shape, professionally mounted and framed. A Preakness ribbon and single Black Eyed Susan flower remain.


In 1973, Secretariat became the first horse in 25 years to win the triple crown, posting record times which still stand in all three races; culminating in a historic win by over 30 lengths at the Belmont Stakes.


Retiring at the end of the season, with a lifetime record of 16-3-1 and earnings of $1,316,808, many will regard Secretariat as the best race horse ever.




Preakness and Baltimore: A Perfect Pair

The Preakness Stakes Continues to be City’s Flagship Event
Every third Saturday in May, horse racing fans who love and celebrate the Preakness Stakes each year, find their way to Pimlico Racecourse.
Beers and Black Eyed Susans, Maryland My Maryland, the Preakness Stakes party is non-stop, people from all walks of life come to enjoy the atmosphere.


The Preakness either sets up the hope for a new triple crown winner or bursts the bubble.


The Preakness Stakes and Baltimore make for a perfect pair, Charm City offers unique events during Preakness week, hot air balloons litter the sky as everyone waits for the post position draw.


The Maryland Jockey Club wasfounded in 1743 and for over 270 years, Maryland has been the birthplace of champion thoroughbreds; now running for over 140 years the Preakness - and Baltimore go together naturally.



The fastest time ever run was 1:53 by Secretariat in 1973.

The fastest time ever: 1:53 by Secretariat in 1973.

Preakness Stakes: Fun Facts


Pimlico Race Course is the second oldest racetrack in the country, the oldest being Saratoga Race Course.


The Black-Eyed Susan Blanket awarded to the winner of the Preakness, is 90 inches long, 18 inches wide and takes four people, a total of eight hours to make.


In addition, the Black-Eyed Susan is the official drink of the Preakness Stakes, named after the blanket awarded to the winner of the race; and made with a shot of vodka, a shot of bourbon, a shot of orange juice and a splash of sour.


The very first Preakness Stakes ever in 1873 had a purse of $1,000.


The fastest time ever run was 1:53 by Secretariat in 1973.


Smarty Jones won in 2004 by 11 1/2 lengths, the largest margin of victory ever.


Master Derby defeated the 1975 Kentucky Derby champion and heavy chalk Foolish Pleasure by a length, to become the longest shot ever to win, returning a win mutuel of $48.00.