Down the stretch they come! The Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, is one of the most exciting horse races in the world. Keep reading to learn 5 incredible facts about the epic race at Pimlico!
The Preakness Stakes follows the Kentucky Derby by two weeks and is followed by the Belmont Stakes three weeks later. Together the three races make up the prestigious Triple Crown of horse racing. Only 12 horses have ever won all three races and the last to accomplish the feat was American Pharoah in 2015. The Preakness however is a unique and incredible race for several reasons. Keep reading to learn all about this iconic run!
1. The Preakness has been run 140 times.
The first Preakness race at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland was in 1873. Survivor, ridden by George Barbee crossed the finish line first earning the $1,000.00 purse. Since then the race has been run annually every third Saturday in May.
2.The horses are FAST.
The thoroughbred horses in the Preakness are the fastest ponies in the world. While their peak speed may be close to 44 mph, they race closer to 38 or 39 mph. Last years winner, American Pharoah ran the 1 3/16 mile long race in 2 seconds shy of 2 minutes.
3. The race is MONEY.
The winning horse of the Preakness earns a $1.5 million purse. That’s a lot of scratch. When you add in the over $100 million that will be wagered on the outcome of the race, one thing is for certain, the Preakness is big business.
4. It’s all about tradition.
The drinks, the funny hats, the blanket of yellow flowers for the winner and more are all traditions that happen every year at the Preakness which keep the race close to the hearts for generations of horse racing fans.
5. Secretariat is the fastest Preakness runner ever.
Ron Turcotte was the jockey in 1973 on Secretariat when the horse set a course record needing only 1:53 to get to the finish line. Secretariat broke records in every Triple Crown race and is considered one of the greatest horses of all time.
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