2014 Preakness Stakes
The 139th running of the Preakness Stakes is set for Saturday, May 17 at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore, Maryland. The second leg of the US Triple Crown, often referred to as the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans, is contested by three-year-old thoroughbreds on a dirt track measuring 1 3/16 miles. Ran for the first time in 1873, the Preakness Stakes actually predates the Kentucky Derby and is the second most attended event in North America. Though it has traditionally offered up a purse of $1 million, it was announced last December that the purse would be increased to $1.5 million this year.
An impressive 117,203 people piled into the stands at Pimlico last May and watched as Oxbow gunned it down the stretch to secure an impressive victory along with the winner’s share of the $1 million purse. He took many by surprise by beating out the heavily-favored Kentucky Derby winner Orb, who ran to a sub-standard fourth place finish.
As for which thoroughbreds we can expect to see burst out of the starting gates this May, only 14 will make the cut. As of now, it’s looking like Orb will attempt to secure the win so many assumed he would have nailed last year, but only time will tell as we make our way through the last of the winter weeks and into the spring.