Known as “The People’s Race”, “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” or “The Second Jewel of the Triple Crown”, the Preakness Stakes is typically run on the third Saturday each May, two weeks after the iconic Kentucky Derby. However, as was the case with many popular sports betting events in 2020, the Preakness was pushed back to October due to the coronavirus pandemic. Horse racing betting enthusiasts cashed in on Swiss Skydiver, which won at 11-to-1 odds and actually posted the fastest time since Secretariat captured the Triple Crown in 1973. The 2021 edition of the Preakness Stakes will be the 146th running of a race that predates the Kentucky Derby by two years.
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The 146th running of the Preakness Stakes is scheduled for May 15, 2021 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. In-person attendance will be limited to 10,000 due to the ongoing pandemic. Post time is set for 5:45 p.m. ET.
The Preakness will air LIVE on NBC with coverage starting at 5 p.m. and extended coverage of the Triple Crown race available on NBCSN starting at 2 p.m. ET.
Pimlico’s 1 and 3/16-mile dirt track welcomes 3-year-old thoroughbred horses to the Preakness Stakes. While colts have primarily dominated the Preakness over the years, six fillies have won “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” including 2020 champ Swiss Skydiver in a time of 1:53.28
|2020||Swiss Skydiver||Robby Albarado||Kenneth McPeek||4||11/1||1:53.28|
|2019||War of Will||Tyler Gaffalione||Mark Casse||1||6/1||1:54.34|
|2018||Justify||Mike Smith||Bob Baffert||7||1/2||1:55:93|
|2017||Cloud Computing||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown||2||13/1||1:55:98|
|2016||Exaggerator||Kent Desormeaux||J. Keith Desormeaux||5||3/1||1:58:31|
|2015||American Pharoah||Victor Espinoza||Bob Baffert||1||4/5||1:58.46|
|2014||California Chrome||Victor Espinoza||Art Sherman||3||3/5||1:54.84|
|2013||Oxbow||Victor Espinoza||D. Wayne Lukas||6||15/1||1:57:54|
|2012||I’ll Have Another||Garry Stevens||Doug O’Neill||9||3/1||1:55.94|
|2011||Shackleford||Mario Guiterrez||Dale Romans||5||12/1||1:56.21|
While the Kentucky Derby’s pomp and circumstance traditions are well-known throughout the horse racing betting world, the Preakness Stakes is equally as proud of their Triple Crown heritage.
As we touched on earlier, the first Preakness Stakes was run two years before the first Kentucky Derby. On May 27, 1873, a three-year-old colt named Survivor won the inaugural race by 10 length and captured the $2,050 top purse.
Pictured is owner Suzanee Mason with jockey Charley Kurtsinger and the coveted Woodlawn Vase following their horse, Head Play’s, Preakness Stake victory in 1933.
Created by Tiffany and Company back in 1860, the Woodlawn Vase is arguably won the most valuable trophies in all of sports. It’s so dignified that it is transferred from it’s full-time home inside the Baltimore Museum of Art to Pimlico under watchful guard.
The winner of the Preakness Stakes is presented the real Woodlawn Vase during the post-race celebration, but a replica – that takes 12 weeks to make – is eventually awarded to the winning owner to keep permanently, while the original heads back to the museum.
Kentucky has its mint julep, while Maryland boasts it’s Black-Eyed Susan, an adult beverage branded after a flower of the same name.
To make, grab a highball glass with shaved ice and add…
Top with orange juice and sweet & sour with cherry and orange slice garnish.
The “Run for the Roses” makes way for the Black-Eyed Susan, the state flower of Maryland. What’s funny is they don’t bloom until June after the Preakness Stakes. So, if you see something that resembles BES on raceday, they’re either fake flowers or real flowers painted to look like the real thing.
Starting in 1909, a painter climbed up a ladder to the top of the Clubhouse cupola to apply the colors of the winning jockey and horse.
The original clubhouse was destroyed by fire in 1966, but a replica was constructed the tradition lived on. The paint job remains in place until the winner of the Preakness is named the following year.