The Preakness Stakes is a Grade 1 stakes
race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, run at a classic distance of 1
3/16 miles (9.75 furlongs; 1.91 km) on a dirt track. Colts and geldings
carry 126 pounds (57 kg), while fillies carry 121 pounds (55 kg).
Fans love the turf races because they attract larger fields of horses, which
makes the outcome for the bettors more interesting. Last year's Pimlico
spring meet showed a 5 percent increase in total wagering over the year
before, despite eight fewer live racing days. The average daily handle at
the track was almost $7 million,
up 26 percent from 2005.
During that time Pimlico was one of the most respected tracks in America,
far more important than Churchill Downs and 12,000 horse racing fans
attended the first running.
Pillico has two race courses:
Main Track: One Mile, oval.
Turf Course: Seven Furlongs
Pimlico Race Meets:
Spring Meeting: April to June
Fall Meeting: September to October
Pimlico by the numbers:
Main Track: 1 mile loam oval
Turf Course: 7/8 of a mile inside main track
Spring is in the air, with the traditional opening of Pimlico Race Course
for the waiting of the May 19 Preakness Stakes.
The meet, which begins with a 10-race card today starting at 1:10 p.m.,
features 27 stakes races for purses of $3.97 million. Of those, 14 will be
carded during Preakness week, including nine on Preakness Day.