The Preakness Stakes is the second race in horse racing’s Triple Crown. Let’s look at this race which is run at Pimlico Race Course including Preakness history and the 2013 race.
The 2013 Preakness Stakes will be held on Saturday, May 18th, 2013. What we already know is that the Triple Crown will still be alive because the Kentucky Derby winner will go into this race with a chance. Preakness Stakes dates all the way back to 1873 when the Preakness Stakes was founded. The first ever Preakness had seven horses with the winner being a horse named Survivor.
The Preakness has been run at Pimlico since 1909. The winner gets a trophy called the Woodlawn Vase with the original trophy kept at the track while the owner gets a replica. The Preakness winning horse also gets the blanket of black-eyed susans. You might not be aware that the flower, which is the state flower of Maryland, is not even in bloom in May. Pimlico actually fakes it with a blanket of daisies that are dyed to look like the black-eyed susans.
The Preakness is run at a mile and 3/16th which makes it shorter than the Kentucky Derby and longer than the Belmont. The distance of a mile and 3/16th was set in 1925 and has remained so since that time.
Triple Crown Horse Betting
Preakness Stakes Betting has a smaller field and less excitement than Kentucky Derby betting and rarely do you see big payoffs. The favorite wins this race almost half the time so it is not anything like the Derby which can produce big payouts. Preakness is not as popular as Kentucky Derby but it does decide whether or not we will still have a Triple Crown horse going into the Belmont Stakes.
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