The tradition continues at America's second-oldest race track and has become a trademark on America's horse racing calendar.
Pimlico Raceway is sure to be absolutely alive with passion and energy as the top horses in the world converge in one of the premier horse races in the world.
Now one of the largest single-day sporting events in the United States, "The People's Race...The People's Party" has hosted up to 121,309 for the pivotal middle jewel of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.
Preakness InfieldFest is a multi-entertainment festival featuring national headlining artists on two stages, the popular MUG Club and unique attractions throughout the day to give fans an unparalleled entertainment experience, featuring 13 exciting races, headlined by the Preakness Stakes. - Preakness Stakes Contenders
The Pimlico Race Track is home of the Preakness Stakes. It first opened its doors on October 25, 1870. Did you know that Pimlico Race Track is the second oldest racetrack in the nation?
It is only second to the famous Saratoga Race Track. Saratoga opened just six years earlier, in 1864.
The Pimlico Race Track has been serving up high quality horse racing action to Baltimoreans for well over a century now.
The track has been home to countless races that featured legendary horses such Sir Barton, Cigar, Man o' War, Secretariat, Citation and Seabiscuit.
The Pimlico Race Track was a modest track that is constructed on 70 acres of land. Back in those days, the land was only $23,500.
In fact, the entire racetrack was constructed for $25,000. Back in those days, this was a pretty hefty sum, still small compared to today's real estate prices. Soon after, the Pimlico Race Track became a staple in the world of horse racing.
As it grew, the Pimlico Race Track developed its own nickname "Old Hilltop". The name came from a small rise in the infield, which was a favorite gathering point for trainers and horse racing fans alike.
Today, the Pimlico Race Track operates on 140 acres of land, entirely in Baltimore and the Old Hilltop has been removed as it obstructed view of those in the stands.
The stable area at Pimlico Race Track can hold 800 horses plus tack, feed and it has sleeping rooms. The Main Grandstand can seat 5,691 horse racing fans, while the Old Grandstand can accommodate 5,926 more.
The famous Clubhouse holds 1,269 attendees, the Sports Palace 160 and the Dining area holds 1,806 more.
All in all, the capacity of the Pimlico Race Track is now at 14,852. Think that is a lot of horse racing fans?
Well, the Pimlico Race Track also has additional seating for the Preakness Stakes, which raises its total capacity to 108,636 horse racing fans-that's a lot of attendees!
Pimlico Racetrack is a historic horse racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland that features thoroughbred racing.
It is the traditional home of the second jewel of horseracing’s Triple Crown "Preakness Stakes". Other big events hosted by the racetrack are the Pimlico Special, the Longines Dixie Stakes, the Jim McKay Breeders Cup Handicap and the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.
Set by Tank's Prospect in 1985 and equalled by Louis Quatorze in 1996, the speed record for the current 1 3/16 miles (1.91 km) Preakness is 1 minute 53 2/5 seconds. The record victory margin is 11½ lengths, by Smarty Jones in 2004.
Stable Area - 500 horses, plus tack, feed and sleeping rooms.
Betting Windows - 750 (including temporary windows on Preakness Day), and automated betting machines.
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