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Preakness Stakes tickets
One of the 3 legs of the famous US Triple Crown of horse racing the Preakness Stakes is a thoroughbred horse race that is held on the 3rd Saturday of May every year in Baltimore, Maryland. The Pimlico Race Course is the home of the Preakness, a flat race for colts, geldings and fillies that follows the Kentucky Derby and precedes the Belmont Stakes. These 3 races make up the coveted Triple Crown that every major thoroughbred horse owner and jockey dreams of winning every year in the American thoroughbred horse racing world.
In Maryland the State Flower is the Viking Daisy and the winner of the Preakness Stakes traditionally gets a wreath made from this attractive flower. This is the reason that the race is known as ‘the Run for the black eyed Susans’ because the flower looks very similar to this one. (It’s not in season during the race and thus can’t be used.)
The Preakness Stakes is the 2nd largest thoroughbred horse race in the United States, following only the Kentucky Derby for attendance and popularity. It was started in 1873 as a new stakes race for 3 year old horses and was named after the famous colt Preakness who was the winner of the Dinner Party Stakes in October of 1870, the day that Pimlico Race Course was opened. The race track where Preakness was trained is in Wayne Township at the Preakness Stables in Preakness, N.J. The name is said to come from the Native American word Praquales, which means quail woods.
An interesting bit of history that surrounds the Preakness Stakes is that the traditional ‘wire’ that has become so famous in horse racing was introduced by the rider of Preakness, jockey Billy Hayward, who hung a silk bag (or purse) across the finish line that was filled with gold coins. This became the ‘purse’ or winnings that are also synonymous with horse racing still today.
Survivor was the winner of the 1st Preakness Stakes on May 37 and was awarded the $2050.00 winning purse, a king’s ransom at the time. At 10 lengths it was the largest margin of victory in the history of the event until only recently when Smarty Jones won by 11 and a half lengths in 2004.
The Preakness has been hosted at various locations before settling on Pimlico Race Course. In the beginning it was held at Morris Park Racecourse in the Bronx, New York and has also been held at Gravesend Race Track in Coney Island, New York. In 1909 however it moved to its permanent home in Pimlico where it has stayed ever since. It is 1 and 3/16 miles and thus slightly shorter than the Kentucky Derby and 1 ¼ miles and also the Belmont Stakes and 1 ½ miles.
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