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What is the Preakness?
The Preakness is an annual horse race at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. It’s officially called the Preakness Stakes.
The Preakness is limited to 14 three-year-old horses and is run on a dirt track that is 1 3/16 miles long.
When is the Preakness?
In 2021, the Preakness will be held on Saturday, May 15. In 2022, the Preakness is scheduled for Saturday, May 21.
The Preakness is traditionally held on the third Saturday in May, exactly two weeks after the Kentucky Derby.
More information and context on the Preakness
The Preakness was first held in 1873 (two years before the first Kentucky Derby), making it one of the oldest sporting events in the U.S. (though it has not been held continuously). The event is named after the first horse to win a major race at the course. Although the Preakness was first run at the Pimlico Race Course, the event was moved to different locations in the late 1800s. The race returned to Pimlico in 1909 and has been held there ever since. The word stakes in the official name Preakness Stakes was originally used to refer to a horse race in which the owners of competing horses contribute to the prize money.
Legendary racehorse Secretariat set a Preakness record of 1:53 in 1973 on the way to becoming one of the few horses to win the Triple Crown. Other notable Triple Crown winners include War Admiral and Seattle Slew.
The event is associated with a number of traditions, most notably “the painting of the colors,” which involves the team colors of the winning horse being painted on a weathervane immediately after the race.
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How is the Preakness discussed in real life?
The Preakness is often discussed as being part of the three-race series that starts with the Kentucky Derby and ends with the Belmont Stakes.
CALFORNIA CHROME HAS WON THE PREAKNESS! The quest for the first Triple Crown since 1978 is still alive!
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 17, 2014
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 3, 2020
BREAKING: Cloud Computing has crossed the finish line first in the Preakness Stakes.
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 20, 2017
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The Preakness has always been held at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.
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A trifecta ticket, picking the first three finishers in order, can be made for as low as 50 cents, while a Preakness superfecta ticket — picking the first four finishers in order — can be put together for just 10 cents.
Unlike the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes offers low minimums for exotic bets like trifectas and superfectas.
He is also the highest Derby finisher other than Medina Spirit to try the Preakness.
The exception was 2016 Preakness winner Exaggerator, who was eighth by 6½ lengths and chasing a fast pace in the slop.
The Preakness Stakes runs tomorrow, and I'll probably watch out of habit.
It would be the first time an Oaks and Derby winner would face off in the Preakness.