Preakness Stakes

Preakness Stakes

Held on the third Saturday in May each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the Triple Crown, is a thoroughbred racing event that no one should miss out on.

First run in 1873, the Preakness Stakes was named by a former Maryland governor to honor a horse of the same name that won the Dinner Party Stakes on the opening day of the Pimlico track in 1870.  The race was originally a mile and a half in length, and the inaugural event saw 7 horses go to the starting gate.  The first Preakness was won by My Sheba, who beat the field by 10 lengths.  That would remain the largest margin of victory in the race until 2004 when Smarty Jones won the event by 11 lengths.  To date, Smarty Jones’ triumph is the biggest margin of victory in Preakness history.

Similar to the annual Kentucky Derby, which is popularly known as ‘The Run for the Roses’, the Preakness is often called “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” due to the garland of flowers awarded to the winning horse.  The Preakness is usually the second most attended horse race in the U.S, only surpassed by the Kentucky Derby.

Preakness Stakes records

Speed record:

  • 1316 miles (1.91 km) – 1:53 – Secretariat (1973)

Margin of Victory

  • 1112 lengths – Smarty Jones (2004)
  • 10 lengths – Survivor (1873)
  • 934 lengths – Funny Cide (2003)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 6 – Eddie Arcaro (1941, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1957)
  • 5 – Pat Day (1985, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996)
  • 3 – George Barbee (1873, 1876, 1883)
  • 3 – Bill Hartack (1956, 1964, 1969)
  • 3 – Lloyd Hughes (1875, 1879, 1880)
  • 3 – Gary Stevens (1997, 2001, 2013)
  • 3 – Victor Espinoza (2002, 2014, 2015)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 7 – R. Wyndham Walden (1875, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1888)
  • 6 – D. Wayne Lukas (1980, 1985, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2013)
  • 6 – Bob Baffert (1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2015)