On a late summer evening in 1868, an agreement among sportsmen to stage a special race to commemorate a memorable occasion became the foundation for the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes.
The Preakness Stakes has remained throughout history a true test of a horse's ability and class, a race where remarkable horses meet one another in a great classic.
The phrase "Triple Crown" was not coined until the 1930's, but it is this race on every third Saturday in May where the best Derby horses gather to see if there will be that window of opportunity for a Triple Crown Prospect. Much goes on during this colorful time at Pimlico, but it has always been the horse that draws the fans. As poet Ogden Nash wrote:
“The Derby is a race of aristocratic sleekness, for horses of birth to prove their worth to run in the Preakness.”
Join us at historic Pimlico for the 139th Running of the Preakness Stakes (GI)—the second jewel the horse racing’s elusive Triple Crown. The race is a 1 3/16 miles test for 3 year old colts, geldings and fillies. Televised action takes place at Pimlico, MD at 4:30 PM ET on Saturday, May 17, 2014 with post time approx, 6:20 PM ET.
We had a great time watching the Derby at Dave & Buster's - join us at Miller's to watch the Preakness and get a bite to eat - see you there!
http://www.millersalehouse.com/ I've eaten here once, ribs, and it was great!!
• The Preakness is named after the horse who won the first stakes ever run in Pimlico when its doors first opened on May 27, 1873.
• The Preakness Stakes is sometimes dubbed "The Run for the Black-Eyed Susan's" because a blanket of Viking daisies, decorated to look like Black-eyed Susan's, is traditionally placed around the winner's neck. Actual Black-eyed Susan's -- the state flower of Maryland -- are not in season during the Preakness.
• The official drink of the Preakness Stakes is the Black Eyed Susan cocktail made with orange juice and vodka.
• The Friday before the Preakness is Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico where a party atmosphere and entertainment prevails along with the running of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, with appearances by notable female jockeys.
• While celebrations in Baltimore may take days, the actual Preakness Stakes race lasts an average 2 1/2 minutes.