The Preakness Stakes was run for the first time in 1873 and is the second jewel of the most sought-after prize in all of Thoroughbred racing – the Triple Crown. The Preakness Stakes is held every year at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland and is traditionally scheduled two weeks after the Kentucky Derby.
The Preakness Stakes is a Grade 1 race that is contested at a mile and three-sixteenths. The purse has varied between $1 million and $1.5 million over the years. The race traditionally attracts some of the top three-year-olds in the country and barring injury or incident, the Kentucky Derby winner will generally compete to try to move one step closer to immortality. The challenge of the Preakness Stakes for the
The Preakness Stakes is known for having a raucous infield party in the center of the track and Pimlico is typically filled to capacity for their premier event.
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Preakness Stakes Winners
The Preakness Stakes had one of the most eventful and memorable editions in recent years in 2015 when the skies opened up and the track was hit with a deluge of rain during the post parade. Undeterred by the sloppy racetrack, Kentucky Derby champion American Pharoah rolled to one of the most impressive victories of his career. He would go on to become the first horse since 1978 to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes and win the Triple Crown.
The race has been won five times by fillies defeating male rivals, most recently in 2009 by Rachel Alexandra who now holds a spot in horse racing’s Hall of Fame. She was the first filly to win since Nellie Morse in 1924. Smarty Jones earned the largest margin of victory at 11 1/2 lengths in 2004 while the untouchable Secretariat holds the speed record, finishing the race in 1:53:00. Louis Quatorze nearly beat Secretariat's mark in 1996 by finishing with a time of 1:53.40.
In 2016, Nyquist too faced a wet track but he did not excel over it like his predecessor, American Pharoah. Exaggerator romped over the off track and denied Nyquist a chance at the Triple Crown.
2017 Preakness Stakes Probable Starters and Picks
The 2017 Preakness Stakes will be run Saturday, May 20. Final entries and post position draw will take place on Wednesday, May 17. Future odds from Bovada Racebook.
1) Always Dreaming (10/11): The Kentucky Derby winner is riding a four-race win streak, in all of which he was able to pull away from the field in the stretch. Post position draw will be important for him to get a good forward position early.
2) Classic Empire (5-1): Getting hammered coming out of the gate probably ruined his chance in the Derby, where he managed to get up for fourth. After going through injuries and training issues, the Preakness will be his third start off a layoff.
3) Lookin' At Lee (11-1): Got the rail trip in the Derby and stayed out of any trouble to come through late and get up for second. He usually gets into the mix, but he's winless in his last seven starts.
4) Royal Mo (12-1): Has only finished out of the money once in six lifetime starts, but that happens to be his only start outside of California. Ran third last out in a very slow (G1) Santa Anita Derby.
5) Gunnevera (12-1): Like several others he had to deal with a lot of bumping and traffic issues in the Derby, and managed to at least make a forward move from 14th to 7th. Expect a better result in the Preakness.
6) Hence (12-1): Lots of people saw him as an upset choice in the Derby, but he was too far out of it too early to make any impression. Might be worth another shot in the exotics at likely similar double-digit odds.
7) Conquest Mo Money (16-1): He was taken out of Derby consideration early to prepare for the Preakness. Distance is a bit of a question mark, but he's never been worse than second in five lifetime starts, including two graded-stakes efforts.
8) Cloud Computing (20-1): Only came to the races in 2017 as a three-year-old. Won his maiden debut, but has been second and then third in two starts since then as the competition increased.
9) Multiplier (20-1): On a two-race win streak, one of those being his maiden win, the other the (G3) Illinois Derby, where he came from way back to get up by a head in the final strides. If he missed that, he likely wouldn't be here.
10) Senior Investment (25-1): Won the (G3) Lexington Stakes by a head, a Kentucky Derby qualifier race that no Kentucky Derby qualifiers actually needed to run to get in.
#1 - Classic Empire
#2 - Always Dreaming
#3 - Conquest Mo Money
$4 - Gunnevera
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