Pimlico Racecourse is one of the oldest racetracks in the country and is home to one of the most prestigious races of the year – the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes. Nicknamed “Old Hilltop”, Pimlico opened in 1870 and is located in the heart of Baltimore, Maryland. Currently, the iconic track is owned by the Stronach Group.
Pimlico Race Course Betting Sites
Thoroughbred race fans can bet on all of the biggest events at Pimlico Race Course through online racebooks. Similar to OTB sites, online racebooks allow enthusiasts to wager on the action when they’re unable to visit the track themselves. Also, promotions like rebates and bonus bets nudge the odds slightly in favor of the player.
Race Course Layout
Pimlico Race Course hosts both dirt and turf racing. Their main track is a one-mile dirt oval and set inside of that is a seven-furlong turf course. There is the capacity to house over 1,000 horses on the grounds and when the infield is opened up, the track can hold over 120,000 fans. Live racing is held at Pimlico for roughly six weeks each year from early May to the end of June.
Track History & Quick Facts
The Preakness Stakes is named after the horse who won the first stakes race at Pimlico Race Course in 1870. Three years later, the Preakness Stakes was run for the first time. The race is actually older than the Kentucky Derby and was run at several different locations before returning to Pimlico in 1909 where it found a permanent home.
Five fillies have won the Preakness Stakes, most recently Rachel Alexandra in 2009. The superstar filly defeated Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird by one length as the heavy favorite.
Pimlico has been a major player in the evolution of American horse racing. When an anti-gambling movement swept through the country in 1910, Pimlico, along with Churchill Downs, held steady and stayed in operation. In addition to being a pioneer in pari-mutuel wagering, Pimlico introduced the electronic starting gate which ensures a fair and equal start.
Pimlico Race Course currently is the host of ten graded stakes. The Preakness Stakes is the only one to hold coveted Grade 1 status currently but there are three long-running Grade 2 events – the Dixie Stakes, the Black Eyed Susan Stakes and the Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes. The Dixie Stakes is as old as the track itself – it was run for the first time in 1870.