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May 20, 2017

Pimlico Race Course is a horse racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland, most famous for hosting the Preakness Stakes. 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.

The track is also noted as the home for the match race in which Seabiscuit beat War Admiral in the second Pimlico Special, on November 1, 1938, before a crowd of 43,000. It is currently owned by Magna Entertainment Corp.

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 - What's In A Name?

It all started with the Minisi, a northern New Jersey tribe of Native Americans. They called their area Pra-qua-les, meaning quail woods. After a series of spellings the name eventually evolved into Preakness.

One of its variations was Preckiness, used by General George Washington to describe the area where his troops were quartered in the winter of 1776-77. Nearly a century later, Milton H. Sanford, a thoroughbred owner, became attracted to the name. He called his farms, one in New Jersey and another in Kentucky, Preakness.

His Jersey farm was located in the Indians' "quail woods." Today, there remains a Preakness, N.J. When he bought a yearling sired by Lexington and foaled by Bay Leaf from A. J. Alexander, he named the colt (bred in Kentucky at Woodburn Farm) Preakness, unaware that he was contributing to turf immortality. Preakness, the eighth foal of Bay Leaf, cost Sanford $2,000. It was Preakness who turned up as a 3-year-old for his debut in the Dinner Party Stakes at Pimlico's inaugural in 1870. He was derided as a "cart horse" for his ungainly appearance, but won that first stakes at Old Hilltop, which became a history-producing victory. In his triumph, Preakness was ridden by English jockey Billy Hayward, who supplied the name for one of Pimlico's present adjoining streets. It was the colt's only start in 1870 but he left a lasting impression at Pimlico. Three years later, the Maryland Jockey Club honored him by calling its newest stakes race "Preakness".

Pimlico officially opened in the fall of 1870, with the colt Preakness winning the first running of the Dinner Party Stakes. Three years later the horse would have the 1873 Preakness Stakes named in his honor.

The Dinner Party Stakes eventually became the present-day Dixie Handicap. Preakness continued to race through his eight-year-old season in America. He won the Baltimore Cup, carrying 131 pounds at age eight and also finished in a deadhead with Springbok in the 1875 Saratoga Cup at 2-1/4 miles. Later that year, Sanford sent Preakness to England. He became one of the first American horses to be given genuine recognition by the British. Eventually the Duke of Hamilton purchased Preakness from Sanford for breeding.

Preakness Stakes 2017 Contenders

Preakness Stakes Entries at Pimlico Race Track

Horse Trainer Odds Jockey
1. Always DreamingTodd PletcherLive Odds  John Velazequez
2. Classic EmpireMark CasseLive Odds  Julien Leparoux
3. Cloud ComputingChad BrownLive Odds  Manuel Franco
4. Conquest Mo MoneyMiguel HernandezLive Odds  Jorge Carreno
5. GirvinJoe SharpLive Odds Mike Smith
6. GunneveraAntonio SanoLive Odds  Javier Castellano
7. IliadDoug O'NeillLive Odds  Flavien Prat
8. Lancaster BomberAidan O'BrienLive OddsDonnacha O'Brien
9. Lookin at LeeSteve AsmussenLive Odds  Corey Lanerie
10. MalagacyTodd PletcherLive Odds Javier Castellano
11. MultiplierBrendan WalshLive OddsJames Graham
12. Royal MoJohn ShirreffsLive OddsGary Stevens
13. Senior InvestmentKen McPeekLive OddsChanning Hill

Preakness Stakes Purse Structure Result Purse of $1,000,000

Winner $620,000 (62%)
Second $200,000 (20%)
Third $100,000 (10%)
Forth $50,000 (5%)
Fifth $30,000 (3%)

Preakness Stakes Winners

2010 Preakness Winner!

Lookin At Lucky rebounded from a disappointing performance in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago to prevail over 11 rivals by three-quarters of a length in the 135th running of the $1,000,000 Preakness Stakes Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

Lookin At Lucky, a son of Smart Strike by the Belong To Me mare Private Feeling, paid $6.80. The 7-11 exacta returned $188.60. The trifecta 7-11-6 paid $2771.

Rachel Alexandra: 2009 Preakness Winner!

First Filly To Win Preakness Since 1924. The best 3-year-old in the land just happens to be a filly named Rachel Alexandra. Jockey Calvin Borel all but guaranteed victory in the 2009 Preakness Stakes. By beating 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, she ended any chance that thoroughbred racing would have had a Triple Crown winner that season. Affirmed was the last Triple Crown winner in 1978.

Rachel Alexandra led by a head at the quarter and half-mile poles. She stretched it to a half-length at the three-quarters pole. She was ahead by four lengths going down the stretch. In the end, the 9-5 favorite won by a length in her first race against the boys.

Kent Desormeaux kept looking back, and no one was coming. Not even close, and once again it was Big Brown first and the rest nowhere. The Pimlico crowd of 112,222 roared, saluting greatness that is rarely seen.

It was hard to imagine that his Preakness triumph Saturday could be easier and more impressive than his Kentucky Derby runaway, but it was.

When Desormeaux turned the muscular bay colt loose leaving the far turn, the race was over instantly. Under a stranglehold through the final sixteenth of a mile, Big Brown cantered to a 51/4-length romp over 39-to-1 shot Macho Again, who beat 22-to-1 Icabad Crane by a half-length.

Big Brown's margin could have been 15, but his rider was saving him for a shot at the first Triple Crown sweep since Affirmed in 1978.

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Preakness Stakes Betting at Pimlico Race Track

The Preakness Stakes horse betting has been a part of the horse racing since, the gates opened for its first race, all the way back in the year 1873. Three-year-old thoroughbreds have been making the journey to Maryland for the Preakness Stakes on the third Saturday in May annually ever since Survivor won the pot in the first race. The Preakness Stakes has seen prize money skyrocket as fast as the attendance in recent years.

Come bet on the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico racetrack and watch your favorite horse win at the Preakness. The second of the prestigious Triple Crown races, the 138th Preakness Stakes will continue its legacy as one of the word's finest horse races. But the early odds are hard to come by, so stop horsing around and get your Preakness stakes horse betting lines at BookMaker Racebook.

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