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With a shorter distance than both the Kentucky Derby (1 ¼ miles) and the Belmont Stakes (traditionally 1 ½ miles), The Preakness makes for a fast-paced and highly entertaining 2nd leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing.

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Preakness 146 Race Info

  • Pimlico Race Course
  • Inaugural Race: 1873
  • Distance: 1 & 3/16 miles (9.5 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • 2021 Purse: $1 million
  • 2021 Race Date: Saturday, May 15th
  • Where to Watch: NBC Sports

2021 Preakness Meet Schedule

Black-Eyed Susan Day – Friday, May 14th

RACE (GRADE)PURSERESTRICTIONSDISTANCE (SURFACE)
The Miss Preakness Stakes (G3)$150,000Three Year OldsSix Furlongs (Dirt)
The Allaire Dupont Distaff Stakes (G3)$150,000Three Year Olds and UpwardOne Mile And One Eighth (Dirt)
The Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2)$250,000Three Year OldsOne Mile And One Eighth (Dirt)
The Pimlico Special (G3)$250,000Three Year Olds and UpwardOne Mile And Three Sixteenths (Dirt)
The Hilltop Stakes$100,000Three Year OldsOne Mile (Turf)
The Very One Stakes (Listed)$100,000Three Year Olds and UpwardFive Furlongs (Turf)

Preakness Stakes Day – Saturday, May 15th

RACE (GRADE)PURSERESTRICTIONSDISTANCE (SURFACE)
UAE President Cup, Arabian (G1)$100,000 Four Year Olds and UpwardOne And One Sixteenth Miles (Dirt)
The Sir Barton Stakes$100,000 Three Year OldsOne And One Sixteenth Miles (Dirt)
The Chick Lang Stakes (G3)$200,000 Three Year OldsSix Furlongs (Dirt)
The Maryland Sprint Stakes (G3)$150,000 Three Year Olds and UpwardSix Furlongs (Dirt)
The Skipat Stakes$100,000 Three Year Olds and UpwardSix Furlongs (Dirt)
The Preakness Stakes (G1)$1,000,000 Three Year OldsOne Mile And Three Sixteenths (Dirt)
The James W. Murphy Stakes (Listed)$100,000 Three Year OldsOne Mile (Turf)
The Dinner Party Stakes (G2)$250,000 Three Year Olds and UpwardOne Mile And One Sixteenth (Turf)
The Gallorette Stakes (G3)$150,000 Three Year Olds and UpwardOne Mile And One Sixteenth (Turf)
The Jim McKay Turf Sprint (Listed)$100,000 Three Year Olds and UpwardFive Furlongs (Turf)

2020 Preakness Stakes Race Results

POSTHORSETRAINER / JOCKEYWIN / PLACE / SHOW
4Swiss SkydiverRobby Albarado / Kenneth G. McPeek$25.40 / $8.40 / $5.80
9AuthenticJohn R. Velazquez / Bob Baffert$3.60 / $3.20
6Jesus' TeamJevian Toledo / Jose Francisco D'Angelo12.2
3Art CollectorBrian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. / Thomas Drury, Jr.
8Max PlayerPaco Lopez / Steven M. Asmussen
1ExcessionSheldon Russell / Steven M. Asmussen
2Mr. Big NewsGabriel Saez / W. Bret Calhoun
5Thousand WordsFlorent Geroux / Bob Baffert
7Ny TrafficHoracio Karamanos / Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.
10PneumaticJoe Bravo / Steven M. Asmussen

Watch the 2020 Preakness Stakes

Watch as Swiss Skydiver became just the sixth filly in history to capture the Preakness Stakes, and the first since Hall of Famer Rachel Alexandra won it all back in 2009.

Preakness Stakes History

Though first run in 1873, the Preakness Stakes was forced to weather an unfavorable political climate for horse racing in Maryland and the abandonment of the sport at Pimlico through its first several decades. While that led to inconsistencies in its recorded history, the second jewel in the Triple Crown has been contested at “Old Hilltop” uninterrupted since 1909 and at its present distance of 1 3/16 miles since 1925.

The Preakness came into its own soon after the conclusion of World War I. Four days after breaking his maiden in the 1919 Kentucky DerbySir Barton romped to another victory in the Preakness, and later added the Belmont Stakes to become America’s first Triple Crown winner.

The following year, the legendary Man o’ War made his three-year-old debut in the Preakness, beating old nemesis Upset by 1 1/2 lengths. “Big Red” would end his career with 20 wins from 21 starts and is still considered by some the best Thoroughbred ever produced in this country.

The 1924 Preakness was won by Nellie Morse, a feat not replicated again by another filly until Rachel Alexandra turned in a stirring display 85 years later when she held off a late challenge from Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in 2009.

The trend of Derby winners backing up those victories in the Preakness developed in earnest in the 1930s when five pulled off the double, including the Triple Crown winners Gallant Fox, Omaha, and War Admiral. The Preakness has also long had a reputation of being the race where horses rectify their Derby disappointments, among them Hall of Fame members Challedon, Alsab, Hill Prince, Native Dancer, Nashua, Bold Ruler, and Damascus.

The 19th century trainer Wyndham Walden remains the all-time leader of his profession with seven Preakness wins, including five in succession (1878-82). However, modern greats D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert have both compiled six each, with Baffert on the verge of potentially tying Walden’s record with Justify in 2018.

As is the case with the Kentucky Derby, Calumet Farm is the all-time leading owner of Preakness winners with eight. Jockey Eddie Arcaro, co-holder of the Kentucky Derby title, stands alone among Preakness-winning riders with a total of six victories.

Like its predecessor held in Louisville, the Preakness is steeped in its own traditions. Held annually on the third Saturday in May, the Preakness has its starters parade to the singing of “Maryland, My Maryland,” the state anthem, with the winner adorned in a blanket of Black-Eyed Susans, the state flower. A replica of the Woodlawn Vase, an 1860 creation of Tiffany and Company considered unduplicatable by modern silversmiths, is presented to the winning owner and their silk colors painted on Pimlico’s infield cupola weather vane.

Its popularity often understated, the Preakness generally attracts attendance, television ratings, and race handle betting figures second only to the Kentucky Derby. Well over 100,000 annually congregate at the Baltimore course, which has been the scene of many of the turf’s most notable stars since its founding in 1870.


Preakness Records

Fastest Time

1.53.00 – Secretariat (1973)

Most Wins by Jockey

6 – Eddie Arcaro (1941, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1957)

FMost Wins by a Trainer

7 – R. Wyndham Walden & Bob Baffert

Most Wins by Owner

7 – Calumet Farm (1941, 1944, 1947, 1948, 1956, 1958, 1968, 2013)

Largest Margin of Victory

11 ½ – Smarty Jones (2004)