Johnny D's Preakness Picks + Late Pick 4
It’s nice to know that throughout this pandemic-infested, dumpster fire of a year one thing remains constant: Bob Baffert has the horse to beat in the Preakness. It’s been...
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Eddie Olczyk's Preakness Picks
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Eddie Olczyk's Undercard Picks
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Podcast: Siegel & Plonk Preakness Picks
Listen as Jeff Siegel and Jeremy Plonk handicap the races from Pimlico on Preakness Stakes Day, Saturday, October 3, 2020, and national stakes races ...
Jon White's Preakness Picks
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Preakness Pace Forecast: Cloudy
The skies are expected to be clear at Old Hilltop on Saturday as Pimlico hosts the Preakness for the 145th time. But forecasting the pace of the race figures to be...
Xpressbet Race of the Week: Black-Eyed Susan Stakes
The Lead: The fillies' version of the Preakness Stakes shifts to Saturday's undercard at Pimlico from its traditional Friday perch. The 1-1/8 miles Black-Eyed Susan...
Preakness Stakes Post Position Draw Rapid Reaction
The final jewel in the 2020 Triple Crown assembled a field of 11 Monday, led by Kentucky Derby victor AUTHENTIC. The 145th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico headlines a dozen races Saturday ...
Swiss Skydiver to Compete in Preakness 145
BALTIMORE – Peter Callahan’s Grade 1 stakes-winning filly Swiss Skydiver will compete in the 145th Preakness (G1) at Pimlico on Oct. 3, trainer Kenny McPeek confirmed Sunday....
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Originally scheduled for May 16 and delayed amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 1 3/16-mile Preakness for 3-year-olds is being presented this year as the final jewel in a refashioned Triple Crown, and also becomes the first Triple Crown race to serve as a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).
This year also marks the latest that the Preakness, which debuted in 1873, has ever been run. The previous benchmark was June 16, 1945, following the end of World War II, when Polynesian upset Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Hoop Jr. in the 70th renewal. The meet will be held without fans.
The Preakness Stakes was run for the first time in 1873, and while it may traditionally be the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown now, its first running was two years prior to the inaugural Kentucky Derby. The race earned its title from former Maryland Governor Oden Bowie after a colt named Preakness won the Dinner Party Stakes, the race held on Pimlico’s opening day in 1870. The record margin of victory set by John Chamberlain’s three-year-old Survivor during that first race, winning by 10 lengths, wasn’t bested until 2004 when Smarty Jones won by 11 ½ lengths.
The Preakness almost always attracts the Kentucky Derby winner, along with other Derby horses and often a few that didn’t start in the Derby as well. It’s also the shortest of the three Triple Crown races at 1 3/16 miles, compared to the Kentucky Derby (1 1/4 miles) and the longest, the Belmont Stakes (1 1/2 miles). While these three races have always made up the Triple Crown, it wasn’t until 1932 the order of the races was officially set. Prior to then, the Preakness was run before the Kentucky Derby 11 times and twice, in 1917 and 1922, on the same day.
The famous Secretariat holds the record for the fastest Preakness Stakes, set in 1973 with a clocked time of 1 minute and 53 seconds. Secretariat additionally holds the records for the fastest editions of the other two Triple Crown races.
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