Find your Preakness Stakes tickets today! The second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes is one of the biggest events in sports. Taking place each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD, the Preakness Stakes often has historic expectations. Find Preakness Stakes tickets on TicketNetwork.com today and be there to witness all of the action in 2016!
The Preakness Stakes joins the ranks of the the Kentucky Derby in Louisville and the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY, as one of the world's most prestigious horse races. The race serves as the second race of the Triple Crown. Also known as "The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans," in 2016, the Preakness Stakes will take place on Saturday, May 21.
Most years, the Preakness Stakes is the second most attended horse race in North America, only trailing the Kentucky Derby. 2016 should be no different, with fans from all over looking to buy Preakness Stakes tickets.
Two years after Pimlico Race Course opened, the first Preakness Stakes took place in 1873. Named after Preakness, a colt who won the first running of the Dinner Party Stakes two years prior to the inaugural Preakness, the first Preakness Stakes drew seven starters. The race was won by a Thoroughbred named Survivor.
After 1889, the Preakness Stakes was held at tracks in the New York City area, not returning to Pimlico until 1909. In 1925, the Preakness' distance was extended from 1 1/8 miles to 1 3/16 miles. To this day, the race remains 1 3/16 miles.
The winner of each year's race has a blanket of black-eyed-susans, which is the state flower of Maryland, draped around their neck. This tradition has been in place for years.