The second race of the Triple Crown line-up is upon us, and horse-racing fans are excited for the possibility of a Triple Crown winner in 2010. All eyes and hopes are on Super Saver!
As the winner of the Kentucky Derby, Super Saver is only two victories away from becoming a Triple Crown champion, although this is a feat rarely accomplished. If Super Saver can win “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans,” he will be one step closer.
The attendance and popularity of the Preakness Stakes is second only to the Kentucky Derby, and the purse for the race is $1 million. Fans of horse racing must be a part of this action. By joining BetUS and following our picks, props, and advice, fans can share in the excitement and winnings of this unique race!
The interesting history of the Preakness Stakes began a few months before the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861. Maryland had the first run for the Woodlawn Vase, what is now the trophy for the Preakness Stakes.
While the first Preakness Stakes was run in 1873 (won by 11-1 long shot, Survivor), the Woodlawn Vase was not given to the winner of the Preakness until Kalitan won in 1917; it has been awarded to the winner ever since.
The winner of the inaugural race was Milton Stanford's Preakness (out of a seven horse field). By 1873 Pimlico introduced another stakes race for three year olds. The Governor of Baltimore, Maryland decided to name the race after the first winner at Pimlico. The Preakness Stakes were born.
Despite the importance of the Preakness Stakes to Pimlico, the Preakness has not always been run at Pimlico. In 1889 the racing industry changed and the Preakness Stakes moved to Morris Park in Bronx, NY. It then took three years off and was moved to Gravesend in Brooklyn, New York in 1894 until returning to Pimlico in 1909.
It was not until after the end of World War I that the Preakness would host it's first eventual Triple Crown winner - Sir Barton, who won the then mile and an eighth race.
|2010||Lookin At Lucky||Martin Garcia|
|2009||Rachel Alexandrea||Calvin Borel|
|2008||Big Brown||K. Desormeaux|
|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|
|1998||Real Quiet||K. Desormeaux|
|1997||Silver Charm||G. Stevens|
|1996||Louis Quatorze||P. Day|
|1995||Timber Country||P. Day|
|1994||Tabasco Cat||P. Day|
|1993||Prairie Bayou||M. Smith|
|1992||Pine Bluff||C. McCarron|
|1990||Summer Squall||P. Day|
|1989||Sunday Silence||P. Valenzuela|
|1988||Risen Star||E. Delahoussaye|
|1986||Snow Chief||A. Solis|
|1985||Tank's Prospect||P. Day|
|1984||Gate Dancer||A. Cordero, Jr.|
|1983||Deputed Testamony||D. Miller, Jr.|
|1982||Aloma's Ruler||J. Kaenel|
|1981||Pleasant Colony||J. Velasquez|
|1980||Codex||A. Cordero, Jr.|
|1979||Spectacular Bid||R. Franklin|
|1978||Affirmed (T)||S. Cauthen|
|1977||Seattle Slew (T)||J. Cruguet|
|1975||Master Derby||D. McHargue|
|1974||Little Current||M. Rivera|
|1973||Secretariat (T)||R. Turcotte|
|1972||Bee Bee Bee||E. Nelson|
|1971||Canonero II||G. Avila|
|1969||Majestic Prince||W. Hartack|
|1968||Forward Pass||I. Valenzuela|
|1966||Kauai King||D. Brumfield|
|1965||Tom Rolfe||R. Turcotte|
|1964||Northern Dancer||W. Hartack|
|1963||Candy Spots||W. Shoemaker|
|1962||Greek Money||J. Rotz|
|1961||Carry Back||J. Sellers|
|1960||Bally Ache||R. Ussery|
|1959||Royal Orbit||W. Harmatz|
|1958||Tim Tam||I. Valenzuela|
|1957||Bold Ruler||E. Arcaro|
|1954||Hasty Road||J. Adams|
|1953||Native Dancer||E. Guerin|
|1952||Blue Man||C. McCreary|
|1950||Hill Prince||E. Arcaro|
|1948||Citation (T)||E. Arcaro|
|1946||Assault (T)||W. Mehrtens|
|1943||Count Fleet (T)||J. Longden|
|1942||Alsab (T)||B. James|
|1937||War Admiral (T)||C. Kurtsinger|
|1936||Bold Venture||G. Woolf|
|1934||High Quest||R. Jones|
|1933||Head Play||C. Kurtsinger|
|1932||Burgoo King||E. James|
|1930||Gallant Fox (T)||E. Sande|
|1929||Dr. Freeland||L. Schaefer|
|1924||Nellie Morse||J. Merimee|
|1920||Man o' War||C. Kummer|
|1919||Sir Barton (T)||J. Loftus|
|1918||War Cloud (1st Edition)||J. Loftus|
|1918||Jack Hare Jr.(2nd Edition)||C. Peak|
|1915||Rhine Maiden||D. Hoffman|
|1912||Col. Holloway||C. Turner|
|1908||Royal Tourist||E. Dugan|
|1907||Don Enrique||G. Mountain|
|1902||Old England||L. Jackson|
|1899||Half Time||R. Clawson|
|1898||Sly Fox||W. Simms|
|1884||Knight of Ellerslie||Fisher|
|1878||Duke of Magenta||C. Holloway|
|1875||Tom Ochiltree||L. Hughes|
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Date Built: 1875
Track(s) One mile
Dirt Course:1 mile loam oval
Length:Six-furlong and 1 1/4 mile chutes
Turf Course:7/8 of a mile inside main track
Turf: Mixture of 50% common rye, 25% Kentucky Blue, and 25% Kentucky 31 fescue
Preakness Capacity: 93,784
Historic Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes, first opened its doors on October 25, 1870, making it the second oldest racetrack in the nation behind Saratoga. It is also one of the biggest locations for horse betting in America.
Pimlico Race Course is constructed on 70 acres west of the Jones Falls, Maryland. The Maryland Jockey Club purchased the land for $23,500 and built the racetrack for $25,000.
"Pimlico" was the name given the area by English settlers in Colonial times, although the Pemblico spelling appeared on the original settlement charter granted to a group of Englishmen in 1669. The colonists hailed from an area near London, and harbored memories of a famous landmark--Olde Ben Pimlico's Tavern.
En route to becoming a true national treasure, Pimlico has earned its patina of age, weathering small and major wars, recessions, depressions, fires, storms and the simple passage of time.
In 1904, racing at Pimlico ignited unprecedented recognition and interest; Pimlico today welcomes race goers arriving by car, limousine, and even helicopter, as graciously as those who visited when Old Hilltop was reached primarily by horse-drawn vehicle, over 130 years ago.
Pimlico has played host to racing icons for over a century, where Baltimoreans have seen the likes of legendary horses such as Man o' War, Sir Barton, Seabiscuit, War Admiral, Citation, Secretariat and Cigar thunder down the stretch in thrilling and memorable competition.