Bet on the 2023 Preakness Stakes
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The 148th running of the Preakness Stakes (Grade I), the second jewel of the Triple Crown, is set for Saturday, May 20, 2023 at historic Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.
When is the Preakness Stakes?
The Preakness Stakes is on Saturday, May 20, 2023
Where is the Preakness Stakes?
The Preakness Stakes is raced at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland
When is the field drawn for the Preakness Stakes?
Post positions are scheduled to be drawn Monday, May 15 at Pimlico.
Where can I watch the Preakness Stakes?
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2023 Preakness Weekend to Feature 15 Stakes Worth $3.5 Million
The 148th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1), Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, and 99th renewal of the $300,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) highlights a spectacular weekend of racing featuring 15 stakes, eight graded, worth $3.5 million in purses May 19 and 20 at historic Pimlico Race Course.
The $1.5 million Preakness for 3-year-olds going 1 3/16 miles is the centerpiece of the weekend and the Preakness Meet at Pimlico, scheduled to run May 11 to June 4. There are nine stakes, five graded, worth $2.5 million in purses on the Preakness Day program Saturday, May 20.
Winchell Thoroughbreds' Epicenter, runner-up in Preakness 147 last spring, was named champion 3-year-old male of 2022 during the 52nd Eclipse Award ceremony at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla.
Other graded stakes on the undercard are the $200,000 Dinner Party (G3) for 3-year-olds and up going 1 1/8 miles on the grass; $200,000 Chick Lang (G3) for 3-year-olds and $100,000 Maryland Sprint (G3) for 3-year-olds and up, each sprinting six furlongs; and $100,000 Gallorette (G3) where fillies and mares 3 and older will travel 1 1/16 miles on the turf.
Four $100,000 races round out the Preakness Day stakes - the 1 1/16-mile Sir Barton for 3-year-old non-winners of a sweepstakes and six-furlong Skipat for fillies and mares 3 and up on dirt and the five-furlong Jim McKay Turf Sprint for 3-year-olds and up and one-mile James W. Murphy for 3-year-olds on the grass.
The 1 1/8-mile Black-Eyed Susan, one of the most prestigious events in the country for 3-year-old fillies, holds its traditional spot on the Preakness Eve program Friday, May 19 featuring six stakes, three graded, worth $1 million in purses.
The historic $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) for 3-year-olds and up, contested at the Preakness distance of 1 3/16 miles, and $150,000 Miss Preakness (G3) for 3-year-old fillies sprinting six furlongs top the Black-Eyed Susan undercard.
Three $100,000 stakes round out the program - the 1 1/8-mile Allaire du Pont for fillies and mares 3 and up on dirt and the five-furlong The Very One for fillies and mares 3 and older and one-mile Hilltop for 3-year-old fillies on the turf.
Live racing is currently being conducted at Laurel Park for its winter meet that began Jan. 1 and runs through March 31.
PREAKNESS STAKES 2023 SCHEDULE
5/19/2023 Black Eyed Susan $300,000 Grade 2 3YO Fillies 1 1/8 mi. Dirt
5/19/2023 Pimlico Special $250,000 Grade 3 3YO & Up 1 3/16 mi. Dirt
5/19/2023 Miss Preakness $150,000 Grade 3 3YO Fillies 6 fur. Dirt
5/19/2023 Allaire DuPont $100,000 Listed 3YO & UpFillies and Mares 1 1/8 mi. Dirt
5/19/2023 The Very One $100,000 3YO & UpFillies and Mares 5 fur. Turf
5/19/2023 Hilltop $100,000 3YO Fillies 1 mi. Turf
5/20/2023 Preakness Stakes $1,500,000 Grade 1 3YO 1 3/16 mi. Dirt
5/20/2023 Dinner Party $200,000 Grade 3 3YO & Up 1 1/8 mi. Turf
5/20/2023 Chick Lang $200,000 Grade 3 3YO 6 fur. Dirt
5/20/2023 Gallorette $100,000 Grade 3 3YO & UpFillies and Mares 1 1/16 mi. Turf
5/20/2023 MD Sprint $100,000 Grade 3 3YO & Up 6 fur. Dirt
5/20/2023 Jim McKay $100,000 Listed 3YO & Up 5 fur. Turf
5/20/2023 Sir Barton $100,000 3YO 1 1/16 mi. Dirt
5/20/2023 James Murphy $100,000 Listed 3YO 1 mi. Turf
5/20/2023 Skipat $100,000 Listed 3YO & UpFillies and Mares 6 fur. Dirt
Use the links below to learn more about the second leg of the `Triple Crown of Horse Racing'
- 2023 Preakness Contenders - Early Look at Preakness Stakes Entries
- Preakness Past Winners - Listing of previous Preakness Stakes winners from 1873 until present.
- Betting the Preakness Stakes - There are several concepts unique to the race that have to be taken into account when handicapping the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown.
- Preakness Stakes History - Notable Moments In Preakness History.
- Preakness Stakes Traditions - Listing of the long lasting honored traditions of the Preakness Stakes.
- Pimlico - Pimlico Racecourse is the annual host racetrack of the Preakness Stakes.
- Preakness Song Lyrics - Lyrics for Preakness Stakes song - Maryland, My Maryland
- 2022 Preakness Stakes Video Replay - Early Voting Wins Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
- Horse Betting News - Get up-to-date horse racing news (RSS Feeds) for the 2023 Preakness Stakes.
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About the Preakness Stakes
Traditionally the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, is held on the third Saturday each May at Baltimore, Maryland's Pimlico Race Course. Sandwiched between the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes in the Triple Crown, the Preakness is contested at a distance of 1 3/16 miles, and regularly attracts a field of the best three-year-old Thoroughbred racehorses in North America. A staple on Pimlico's stakes schedule since 1873, the Preakness is often a handicapping challenge for bettors as all of North America's best jockeys and trainers are in action at Pimlico that day. Other key stakes races held Preakness weekend at Pimlico include the Pimlico Special, the Dixie Stakes, the Gallorette Handicap and the Maryland Sprint Handicap.
Predating the Kentucky Derby by two years, the Preakness Stakes was first run in 1873. It got its name from then Maryland Governor Oden Bowie, who dubbed it `The Preakness' in honor of a horse of the same name that won the Dinner Party Stakes on the opening day of the Pimlico track in 1870. The race was originally a mile and a half in length, and the inaugural event saw 7 horses go to the starting gate. The first Preakness was won by My Sheba, who trounced the rest of the field by 10 lengths. That would remain the largest margin of victory in the race until 2004 when Smarty Jones won the event by 11 lengths. To date, Smarty Jones' triumph is the biggest margin of victory in Preakness history.
The Preakness race wasn't an immediate success and moved several times during its early years. In 1890, the Morris Race Course in the Bronx, New York held the race after which there was no race run for the next three years. In 1894, the Preakness was revived at the Gravesend Race Track on Coney Island and remained there for the next 15 years. In 1909 it returned to the Pimlico track in Baltimore where it has been run ever since. In 2009, the parent company of the Pimlico track, Magna Entertainment, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and moving the Preakness was once again considered. The Maryland Legislature quickly approved a plan to buy the track if Magna was unable to find a buyer so for now it looks like the Preakness will remain in Baltimore for the foreseeable future.
Just like the Kentucky Derby is preceded by the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, and the Preakness has a similar tradition with Black-Eyed Susan day. The Black-Eyed Susan was first run in 1919 as the Pimlico Oaks; but the name was changed in 1952 to pay homage to the Maryland state flower. The mile and one-eighth race for three-year-old fillies has been a Grade II event since 1976. Gates for the Black-Eyed Susan day open at 10 AM on Friday, May 17th with a full day of racing action.
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