Today marks the opening of the Preakness meet as live racing returns to Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore. The spring stakes schedule offers 15 stakes races with $3.7 million in purses. Highlighted by the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes (G1), will take place on May 19 with the spring meeting ending Memorial Day, May 28.
Preakness Day its self offer eight stakes races, four graded, including the Dixie (G2), Maryland Sprint (G3) and Gallorette. On Black-Eyed Susan Day, May 18, the card holds seven stakes races, four graded; the Pimlico Special (G3), Adena Springs Miss Preakness (G3) and Allaire DuPont Distaff (G3), all before the day’s big race for fillies, the 94th running of the Black-Eyed Susan (G2).
Preakness Week includes several special events such as Sunrise Tours and the Alibi Breakfast. And for those attending the big day, look for more food and beverage options, a cooperate village, new and improved central mega stage for the Budwieser Infield Fest, a floor in the Turfside Terrace, and significant improvements throughout Pimlico!
Click on the links below for more about the Preakness, Pimlico and the Maryland Jockey Club.