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Preakness Stakes

139th Preakness Stakes

The Preakness Stakes is the second race in horse racing’s Triple Crown. It is also known as: "The Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown".  This race is run at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

The first Preakness Stakes race took place in 1973, held seven horses, and  the winner was a horse named Survivor. The 2014 Preakness Stakes will be held on Saturday, May 17th, 2014.


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. For this reason this race is also know as: "The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans".

The Preakness is run over a distance of 9.5 furlongs (1 3/16 miles), which 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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