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.

 

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