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The Preakness Stakes

The annual Preakness Stakes is the second leg of the Triple Crown following the Kentucky Derby. It runs the third Saturday in May at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course, and a celebration leads up to the running. The 143rd Preakness Stakes is May 19, 2018. 

Preakness Celebration

The Preakness Celebration has become a tradition for people of all ages since its inception in 1988. This series of special events celebrates the annual running of the Preakness Stakes, Baltimore's "Super Bowl," and the second jewel in thoroughbred racing's prestigious Triple Crown.

Each year, a variety of special events take place throughout the week leading up to the big race. Those events often include a jockey autograph session, morning tours of Pimlico (where visitors can view the sunrise from the Grandstand apron and watch the Preakness contenders' morning workouts) and more.

Black-Eyed Susan Day, featuring the mile and one-eighth test race for three-year-old fillies, takes place the day before Preakness. And Infield Fest, a day-long party featuring live performances by international superstars, coincides with race day.

History of the Preakness Stakes

Part of a long heritage of racing in Maryland, the first Preakness Stakes was run in 1873 at Pimlico Race Course, where it is still held today. The track is also the site of the famed match race in which Seabiscuit triumphed over War Admiral in 1938. The thoroughbred race is an American Grade I stakes race which is run over a distance of one-and-3/16 miles on the dirt track.

The Preakness is commonly referred to as "The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans" because a blanket of Black-Eyed Susans, the state flower of Maryland, is draped over the winning horse.

Past Preakness winners include American Pharoah, ending the 37-year drought in 2015 to become thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner, Alexandra (the first filly to win since 1924), Big Brown, Smarty Jones, Affirmed, Seattle Slew, Secretariat and War Admiral.

Upcoming Preakness Stakes

The 2018 Preakness Stakes will be held on May 19. New this year, watch the race in style from luxury glass climate-controlled structures that will make up the Preakness Village, located on the infield near the Winner's Circle. If you'd rather celebrate Preakness from InfieldFest you will be treated to concerts by Post Malone, ODESZA, 21 Savage, DJ Frank Walker, and DJ Vice. 

Preakness Week Events

5th Annual Pre-Preakness Party
Mt. Washington Tavern
May 16
Enjoy drinks, snacks, and a chance to win Preakness tickets, all benefiting Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

Alibi Breakfast
Pimlico Race Course
May 17
Meet the trainers and learn about the contenders for this year's Preakness Stakes at this annual breakfast celebrating the tradition of horseracing in Maryland.

Black-Eyed Susan Day
Pimlico Race Course
May 18
From the vibrant Girls Galleria to a seminar featuring renowned female racing analysts, Black-Eyed Susan Day is the ultimate celebration of women and racing.

InfieldFest
Pimlico Race Course 
May 19
Party with Post Malone, ODESZA and other major artists at the 10th annual festival in the center of the race track.

The 143 Preakness Stakes Line up

1 Quip
2 Lone Sailor
3 Sporting Chance
4 Diamond King
5 Good Magic
6 Tenfold
7 Justify
8 Bravazo

To find more information about the upcoming Preakness Stakes, its events and tickets, visit the official Preakness Stakes website.

 

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