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PreaknessSaturday, May 18, 2019 marks the 144th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, held every third Saturday in May.

On race day, it's "riders up!" when all the televised action takes place from Pimlico on NBC beginning at 5 PM ET on Saturday, May 19, 2018 with post time, 6:20 PM ET.

Meanwhile,the lineup of 2019 Preakness odds and post positions will be announced on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 5PM ET live from Baltimore.

By tradition, three year olds run the one and 3/16th mile track at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland.

Although attention is mainly focused on the horses with the best odds, that doesn't discount some unknown dark horse sneaking up from behind for the win... and a major upset.

2018 Preakness Stakes rewind

The same as happened at the Kentucky Derby, rain plagued Pimlico on race day with an extra-sloppy track and heavy fog. But that didn't stop favorite three-year-olds from speeding down the track -- with Kentucky Derby winner, Justified, easily taking the win on his way to the Triple Crown at Belmont.

Bravazo came in second, and Ten Fold came in third.

Payouts for this year's Preakness Stakes included:
Justify: $2.80 WIN $2.80 PLACE $2.60 SHOW
Bravazo: $7.60 PLACE $4.80 SHOW
Tenfold: $6.80 SHOW

Preakness Stakes fun facts

black eyed susan, Maryland's state flower• 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 official drink of the Preakness Stakes is the Black Eyed Susan cocktail made with orange juice and vodka.

• 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 ...

2019 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...

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.

The Woodlawn Vase and the Preakness Stakes - The famous winner's trophy designed by Tiffany & Co. with a long and fascinating history, clickable photo.

also see -> Kentucky Derby | Belmont

Preakness Party Ideas

Preakness Party Tips - Complete recipes for those luscious Maryland crab cakes and mixology for the Black-Eyed Susan, the traditional drink of the Preakness...

Triple Crown Recipes at StarChefs - The complete menu including Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes party ideas with a nod to the Preakness in a lip-smacking recipe for Maryland Fried Chicken and Maryland crab cakes.

Preakness Cocktail - A scotch concoction to help celebrate the day.

Millemark Equine Postcard Center - Say 'hay!' with a selection of lovely photos to send as free e-invitations to the party.


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