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Where is Pimlico?

Pimlico is located in Baltimore, Maryland.


How old is Pimlico?

Pimlico opened on October 25, 1870.


How long is Pimlico Race Course?

Pimlico is a mile mile dirt track


When does Pimlico race?

Pimlico has a boutique spring meet featuring the Preakness Stakes.


What races are run at Pimlico Race Course?

Pimlico is most famous for featuring the second Triple Crown race, the Preakness Stakes on the third Saturday in May. However, Pimlico also hosts the Black-Eyed Susan and the Pimlico Special.


Who are the most famous horses to run at Pimlico Race Course?

All 12 Triple Crown winners have raced at Pimlico, as the Preakness Stakes is the second race in the Triple Crown, but horses as well known as Man O’ War, Seabiscuit, Cigar, and more recently, Rachel Alexandra.


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2019 Pimlico Stakes Schedule

Date Race
Friday, May 18 Miss Preakness Stakes
Friday, May 18 Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes
Friday, May 18 Pimlico Special
Friday, May 18 Hilltop Stakes
Friday, May 18 Skipat Stakes
Friday, May 18 Jim McKay Turf Sprint
Friday, May 18 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes
Saturday, May 19 Maryland Sprint Stakes
Saturday, May 19 Gallorette Stakes
Saturday, May 19 Chick Lang Stakes
Saturday, May 19 James W. Murphy Stakes
Saturday, May 19 The Very One Stakes
Saturday, May 19 LARC Sir Barton Stakes
Saturday, May 19 Dixie Stakes
Saturday, May 19 Preakness Stakes

Pimlico History

Pimlico History

Pimlico Race Course is a thoroughbred horse racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland, most famous for hosting the Preakness Stakes. English settlers in the 1660s named the area in honor of Olde Ben Pimlico's Tavern in London, England. The racetrack is nicknamed "Old Hilltop" after a small rise in the infield that became a favorite gathering place for thoroughbred trainers and race enthusiasts. Due to problems in early movie and television recording of the races, the infield hill was removed in 1938.

Racing in Pimlico survived a 1910 anti-gambling movement that swept the country, prohibiting the sport everywhere, except in Maryland and Kentucky. Colonel Matt Winn of Churchill Downs is alleged to have credited Pimlico’s Billy Riggs as the savior of eastern racing at this time. It was Riggs’ use of the less-sinful “French Pools,” or pari-mutuel machines, in 1913 as opposed to the controversial bookmakers and their blackboards, that preserved racing at Pimlico during this turbulent time in racing. A new era was born at Pimlico, which later became the first racetrack in the country to utilize an electric starting gate.

The track has a one-mile dirt oval, surrounding a seven-furlong turf oval. There are stables for about 1,000 horses. Pimlico's capacity, including the infield, is over 120,000 people.

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