History, Records and Contenders of the Preakness Stakes 2019

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Preakness Stakes 2019

Preakness Stakes has a prominent place in the history of US horse racing. The first race of this prestigious event was held in 1873. This thoroughbred horse racing event is the second leg of the Triple Crown and is held on the third Saturday of May every year. It is held 3 weeks prior to the Belmont Stakes and 2 weeks after the Kentucky Derby. 

Pimlico, the 9.5 furlong racing track which hosts Preakness Stakes is located in Baltimore, Maryland. It has a 120,000 audience capacity and its own rich traditions much like the Kentucky Derby. For instance, the crowd sings “Maryland, My Maryland” when the horses are called to post. 

Besides the fancy hats, this race is also known for Black-eyed Susan, its official cocktail. This drink is made from St. Germain liqueur, vodka, orange, pineapple and lime juices.  

Surpassed only by the Kentucky Derby, this equestrian event hosts the second largest race day audience which is even greater than the Breeder’s Cup, Kentucky Oaks and Belmont Stakes.

Records

The best running time of 1:53 at Preakness Stakes is credited to the Secretariat who won the race in 1973. The Secretariat holds the running time record for the 3 Triple Crown events. In 2014, Smarty Jones won the event by a record victory margin of 11 ½ lengths.

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The Purse

Preakness Stakes reached a value of $1 million for the first time in 1997. It then reached a value of $1.5 million during 2014 which made it at par with the Belmont Stakes.  

Contenders

Just four out of the 19 horses that competed in the Kentucky Derby will be racing in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. This means that out of the top six finishers of the Kentucky Derby, only one will compete at this event. Here are the favorites:

1) Improbable (2-1)

2) War of Will (3-1)

3) Win Win Win and Alwaysmining (8-1)

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