Preakness Stakes

Preakness Stakes
May 19, 2012
Pimlico Racecourse
Baltimore, Maryland

Horse racing fans all over the world shift their attention from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course as the Visa Triple Crown players set their sights on Baltimore for the 135th running of the Preakness Stakes “Black Eyed Susan“. The middle jewel of the Visa Triple Crown in set for Saturday, May 19, 2012 at historic Pimlico Race Course.

The Preakness Stakes is a classic 1 3/16 mile (1.91 km) thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds, held on the third Saturday in May of each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57 kg); fillies 121 lb (55 kg). Like its preceding Triple Crown race, the Preakness Stakes have been termed “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” because a horseshoe of black-eyed susans is traditionally placed around the winner’s neck.

Preakness Stakes Contenders 2012

Triple Crown previews, race recaps and wagering are always available in the racebook at Bookmaker. Bet on these events live. Load your betting bankroll from your smart phone with BookMaker’s new cashier feature! Depositing and withdrawing funds from your account has never been easier. BookMaker’s live betting platform means you always have access to odds and lines to every sporting event. Click here and start wagering today!

Triple Crown previews, race recaps and wagering are always available in the racebook at Bookmaker. Bet on these events live. Load your betting bankroll from your smart phone with BookMaker’s new cashier feature! Depositing and withdrawing funds from your account has never been easier. BookMaker’s live betting platform means you always have access to odds and lines to every sporting event. Click here and start wagering today!

The Woodlawn Vase and the Preakness Stakes

The Woodlawn Vase, 34 inches in height and weighing 29 pounds, 12 ounces, was created by Tiffany and Company in 1860 for R. Aitcheson Alexander as a trophy for the now defunct Woodlawn Racing Association in Louisville, Kentucky. Created as a challenge cup, the Woodlawn Vase was first awarded to Captain R.G. Moore’s mare, Mollie Jackson, in 1861. The same owner retained possession the following year through the victory of the mare Idlewind. Preakness Stakes Trophy.

Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Track

The Pimlico Race Track is home of the Preakness Stakes, the Pimlico first opened its doors on October 25, 1870. It is the second oldest racetrack in the U.S. The first was Saratoga, upstate New York in 1864. The Pimlico racetrack was engineered by General John Ellicott and has hosted legendary horses such as Man O’ War, Sir Barton, Sea Biscuit, War Admiral, Citation, Secretariat, Cigar and Silver Charm. The Pimlico is constructed on 70 acres overlooking the Jones Falls, the Maryland Jockey Club purchased the land for $23,500, and built the racetrack for $25,000 Still today the Maryland Jockey Club is dedicated to presenting the great sport of Thoroughbred racing as the centerpiece of a high-quality entertainment experience providing fun and excitement in an inviting and friendly atmosphere for people of all ages.

About Pimlico

Daily Racing Information

Post Time – 1:10 p.m.
Preakness Day – 10:30 a.m.
KY Derby and Belmont days – 12:45 p.m.

The Preakness has been run at seven different distances:

1 1/2 miles (2.41 km) — 1873 to 1888 and 1890
1 1/4 miles (2.01 km) — 1889
1 1/16 miles (1.71 km) — 1894 to 1900 and 1908
1 mile 70 yards (1.67 km) — 1901 to 1907
1 mile (1.61 km) — 1909 and 1910
1 1/8 miles (1.81 km) — 1911 to 1924
1 3/16 miles (1.91 km) — 1925 to present day

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Past years Preakness Stakes Winners

Year Winner Jockey
2011 Shacleford Jesus Castanon
2010 Lookin at Lucky Martin Garcia
2009 Rachel Alexandra Calvin Borel
2008 Big Brown Kent Desormeaux
2007 Curlin Albarado
2006 Bernardini Javier Castellano
2005 Afleet Alex Jeremy Rose
2004 Smarty Jones S. Elliott
2003 Funny Cide J. Santos
2002 War Emblem V. Espinoza
2001 Point Given G. Stevens
2000 Red Bullet J. Bailey
1999 Charismatic C. Antley
1998 Real Quiet K. Desormeaux
1997 Silver Charm G. Stevens
1996 Louis Quatorze P. Day
1995 Timber Country P. Day