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|Racing Dates: April 2 - June 6
Max per Race Payout: US$ 15,000
Main track (dirt): 1 mile oval with 6 furlong and 1 1/4 mile chutes
Length of stretch from last turn to finish line: 1,152 ft
Width of track: 70 ft
Inner turf course: 7 furlongs
Turf composition: Mixture of 50% common rye, 25% Kentucky Blue, and 25% Kentucky 31 fescue
Graded Races At Pimlico
|May 16, 2015
Back in William Shakespeare’s time, there was a London pub owner named Ben Pimlico who made the local papers once or twice for serving a particularly good nut-brown ale. Good enough that English settlers in Baltimore, Maryland named part of the town after him.
Now the Pimlico name is known worldwide, although neither for the gentleman nor his ale. Pimlico Race Course (opened 1870) is the site of the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes, the second leg of American thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. The race itself got its name from the colt who won the inaugural Dinner Party Stakes on the day the track opened. The first Preakness Stakes ran three years later in 1873.
Today, the Preakness is a Grade 1 event (9.5 furlongs, dirt, 3-years-old) with a purse of $1 million. Well over 100,000 people are drawn to this race, forming the largest crowds ever to see a sporting event in Maryland. The Grade 2 $300,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (nine furlongs, dirt, 3-year- olds) make up the unofficial second leg of the Filly Triple Crown, although this historic race is not part of the official Triple Tiara.
Pimlico as we know it today has a one-mile dirt oval (loam) and a seven-furlong turf track (fescue and blue grass) that was installed in 1954. The turf course is home to the aforementioned Dinner Party Stakes, which are now known as the Grade 2 $300,000 Dixie Stakes (nine furlongs, turf, 3- year-olds and up) and are run on the same day as the Preakness – always the third Saturday in May. This makes the Dixie Stakes the oldest stakes race anywhere in the mid-Atlantic.