When: Saturday May 19, 2018
Where: Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland
Watch: Live on TV with NBC at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
It's the 143 running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the Triple Crown and Horse racing fans are getting excited by a strong list of nominations for this season, which is sure to provide a memorable “Run for the Black-Eyed Susans.”
The Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course - Pimlico has been hosting horse races since 1870 and is the second oldest horse race track in the United States (Saratoga, which opened in 1864, is the oldest).
The Preakness Stakes is the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. By tradition, three year olds run the one and 3/16th mile track at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland. The Pimlico Special, the Dixie Stakes, and the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes are three of the other major races to take place at Pimlico Race Course.
The field for the Preakness Stakes nominations for this season, which is sure to provide a memorable “Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” that will begin the quest for the elusive Triple Crown.
There are no shortage of opinions and angles when handicapping the Preakness Stakes. With up to 14 horses leaving the starting gate on the third Saturday in May, let our experts help you find good plays and picks for your Preakness Stakes betting.
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The Preakness Stakes is restricted to only 14 contenders and will run on May 19, at Pimlico Race Track and is the second leg of the Triple Crown.
The starters will be determined with the first seven horses given preference by the highest lifetime earnings in graded stakes.
The next four starters will be determined by the highest lifetime earnings in all “non-restricted stakes,” which means those stakes whose conditions contain no restrictions other than age or sex.
The remaining three starters will be determined by the highest lifetime earnings in all races.
The 2018 Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 19 is likely going to feature just eight horses, with Justify the odds-on favorite. Justify won the Kentucky Derby for trainer Bob Baffert and Baffert has had a lot of success in the Preakness, winning it six times. His previous four Kentucky Derby winners also went on to win the Preakness and one of those four, American Pharoah, won the Triple Crown. Baffert can tie R.W. Walden for most Preakness trainer wins with seven.
The list of challengers to take on Justify in the Preakness is short, as only seven other horses are expected to be entered. Good Magic, Bravazo and Lone Sailor also raced in the Kentucky Derby, while Quip, Sporting Chance, Diamond King and Tenfold are the new shooters. Rarely does a horse win the Preakness without having run in the Derby, as it has happened just four times in the last 34 years. It did, however, happen last year when Cloud Computing won the Preakness.
Baffert said that Justify looks just as good now as he did before the Derby. “He looks no different than he did before the Kentucky Derby, so we’re pretty happy where we are right now,” said Baffert. Justify developed a bruise on his heel but the horse has been reshod and has had no problems.
Good Magic finished second to Justify in the Kentucky Derby, while Bravazo finished sixth and Lone Sailor was eighth. Good Magic and Tenfold both have Curlin as their sire and Curlin won the Preakness in 2007. Good Magic is trained by Chad Brown who trained last year’s Preakness winner Cloud Computing. Bravazo was a big longshot to win the Kentucky Derby and doesn’t look like a horse that can win the Preakness. Lone Sailor was also a longshot in the Derby and doesn’t inspire much confidence.
The best of the new horses taking on Justify in the Preakness is Quip who won the Tampa Bay Derby. The horse could have been entered in the Kentucky Derby, as he had enough points to qualify, but his connections chose to point the horse to this race instead.
The other horse that might be worth a look among the newcomers is Diamond King who won three of his four races last year. He qualified for the Preakness by winning the Federico Tesio Stakes last month. He is trained by John Servis who had 2004 Preakness winner Smarty Jones and the horse is ridden by Javier Castellano who was aboard Bernardini in 2006 and Cloud Computing in 2017. Only six jockeys have won the Preakness in back-to-back years.
Sporting Chance is coming off a fourth place finish in the Pat Day Mile and has shown very little as a 3-year old. Tenfold didn’t race as a two-year old but he did win twice earlier this year. His chances for the Derby were ended by a poor finish in the Arkansas Derby. The horse is trained by Steve Asmussen who trained Curlin in 2007 and Rachel Alexandra in 2009. The horse has jockey Victor Espinoza who rode War Emblem in 2002, California Chrome in 2014 and American Pharoah in 2015.
Due to the increased coverage the Triple Crown races enjoy, many new and occasional horse betting fans come out to test their luck.
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Preakness Information: Gates Open 8:00 a.m.- Rain or Shine / First Race Post Time 10:30 a.m. / Preakness Stakes Post Time 6:05 p.m. / Pimlico Race Track Hayward and Winner Avenues Baltimore, Maryland 21215.
The Pimlico Race Track is home of the Preakness Stakes, the Pimlico first opened its doors on October 25, 1870. It is the second oldest racetrack in the U.S. The first was Saratoga, upstate New York in 1864.
The Pimlico racetrack was engineered by General John Ellicott and has hosted legendary horses such as Man O' War, Sir Barton, Sea Biscuit, War Admiral, Citation, Secretariat, Cigar and Silver Charm.
The Pimlico is constructed on 70 acres overlooking the Jones Falls, the Maryland Jockey Club purchased the land for $23,500, and built the racetrack for $25,000.
Still today the Maryland Jockey Club is dedicated to presenting the great sport of Thoroughbred racing as the centerpiece of a high-quality entertainment experience providing fun and excitement in an inviting and friendly atmosphere for people of all ages. - More about Pimlico Race track Here!!
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American Pharoah, topped the field of eight horses, running away down the stretch to win by seven lengths, with Tale of Verve second and Divining Rod third, another length back, before a record crowd of 131,680 at Pimlico race track.
The winner paid $3.80, $3.40 and $2.80.
Tale of Verve returned $19 and $8.80, and Divining Rod paid $5.20.
California Chrome won the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday in Pimlico, Maryland, capturing the first two legs of the 2014 Triple Crown and has a chance to become the first Triple Crown champion, since Affirmed won it in 1978.
California Chrome continued on his quest for a Triple Crown sweep at Pimlico Race Course, scoring a dominating victory in the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) to the enthusiastic approval of a record crowd of 123,469.
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