By tradition, three year olds run the one and 3/16th mile track at Pimlico in
Baltimore, Maryland with more than a dozen horses traditionally lined up for the Preakness Stakes.
For major contenders in Baltimore, horse racing fans looked to the previous Kentucky Derby lineup which often results in a handful of Preakness favorites. Of course, that doesn't discount the odds of some unknown dark horse -- sneaking up from behind for the win... and a major upset!
Preakness Stakes fun facts
• The Preakness is named after the horse who won the first stakes ever run in Pimlico when its doors first opened on May 27, 1873.
• The Preakness Stakes is sometimes dubbed "The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans" because a blanket of Viking daisies, decorated to look like Black-eyed Susans, is traditionally placed around the winner's neck. Actual Black-eyed Susans -- the state flower of Maryland -- are not in season during the Preakness.
• The Friday before the Preakness is Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico, where a party atmosphere prevails, including the running of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes for 3-year-old fillies and appearances by notable female jockeys.
• While pre-race celebrations in Baltimore last for days, the actual Preakness Stakes race lasts an average 2 1/2 minutes.
The Run for the Preakness around the Web:
Elsewhere on the Web, learn more about the race for the Black Eyed Susans
(Maryland's state flower) with a look at the odds, Preakness Stakes' most famous races in stories and pictures, along with Preakness party ideas, and background history on the famous Woodlawn Vase winner's trophy ...
Preakness at Pimlico - The
scene of all the action with seating, ticket and parking info, visitor accommodations and related Maryland attractions, feature
stories and profiles, history and trivia, and lots more as the big race draws near...
Celebration - Horse around in Baltimore, with info on the traditional Hot Air Balloon Festival, Preakness Parade, the 5K Run, concert series, the Pee Wee Preakness and lots more including video clips, photos and complete event calendar leading up to the race.
Preakness Stakes - Complete Wikipedia overview including history and controversy, as well as facts and information on the modern race, including a complete list of winners, most wins and records with related resources.