Despite experiencing numerous highs and lows throughout the course of its now more than 140-year existence, the Preakness Stakes has managed to preserve its position as one of the most prestigious horse races in the whole of the sport. The Preakness Stakes is a horse race that takes place every year in May at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. The Preakness is second only to the Kentucky Derby in terms of the number of people that watch it. The fact that this event represents the second leg of the Triple Crown, one of the most prestigious competitions in horse racing, is one of the main draws.
This means that everyone is keeping a close watch on the Preakness to see whether the winner of the Kentucky Derby, which takes place two weeks before the Preakness, can come back and win again to complete the first two legs of the Triple Crown and earn the title of champion. When this occurs, all eyes are focused intently on the Belmont Stakes, which is the third and final race in the series.
Justify is the fourteenth horse in history to complete the Triple Crown, becoming the first to do so after winning the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and finally the Belmont Stakes. Previously, this accomplishment had only been accomplished twelve times.
Over the course of its history, the Preakness has been postponed on a few times and has even traveled outside of the state of Maryland on a number of occasions. Pimlico event Course and Maryland Thoroughbred Racing in general have been experiencing financial difficulties in recent years, which has raised questions over whether or not the event can continue in its present site permanently. In spite of this, the tens of thousands of people who attend the Preakness each year are pampered with a festive environment and almost always get to see an exciting and significant race.
The evolution of the Preakness Stakes throughout history
The Preakness Stakes is really the oldest of the three races that make up the Triple Crown. It predates the Kentucky Derby by a few years, making it the most prestigious of the three. It was originally run for competition in 1873 and was given its name after a horse that had triumphed in the Pimlico Stakes the previous year.
The very first competition was won by Survivor in a landslide.
After a few decades had passed, the race began to get more chaotic. The first time it was held was in 1890 at a racing track in the Bronx, New York. After that, the event did not take place again for another three years. Gravesend Race Track was located on Coney Island in New York and served as the organization’s headquarters from the years 1894 to 1908.
The stable purse structure of the racetrack ensured that it continued to be appealing to the best three-year-olds in the nation despite all of the comings and goings that took place at the track. When the race was moved back to Pimlico in 1909, it did not take long for it to become firmly established as a significant cultural event in the Baltimore region.
When the idea of competing for all three legs of the Triple Crown was introduced to the general public for the first time, Pimlico’s status as a horse race of indisputable significance was cemented. In 1919, a horse called Sir Barton was victorious in all three of the year’s horse races; yet, the general public failed to notice the importance of this achievement. That would not happen until the 1930s, when a pair of horses managed to win all three races, prompting sportscasters to coin the phrase “Triple Crown” to describe the feat for the first time.