The Preakness Stakes is this weekend at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore

Pimlico Race Course weather vane is painted with the winner’s colors. 2016 photo. By Jlvsclrk – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

The Preakness Stakes is an American thoroughbred horse race held on the third Saturday in May each year at Pimlico Race Course in BaltimoreMaryland. It is a Grade I race run over a distance of 9.5 furlongs (1+316 miles (1,900 m)) on dirt. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57 kg); fillies 121 pounds (55 kg). It is the second jewel of the Triple Crown, held two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks before the Belmont Stakes.

First run in 1873, the Preakness Stakes was named by a former Maryland governor after the colt who won the first Dinner Party Stakes at Pimlico. The race has been termed “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” because a blanket of Maryland’s state flower is placed across the withers of the winning colt or filly. Attendance at the Preakness Stakes ranks second in North America among equestrian events, only surpassed by the Kentucky Derby.

The 146th running of the Preakness Stakes is scheduled for May 15, 2021.

2020 WINNER

Swiss Skydiver Horse Racing (courtesy Kentucky Derby PR)

Swiss Skydiver gave fans A Jewel To Remember at Preakness 145 when she outpaced the favorite, Authentic, in a photo finish to be only the sixth filly in Preakness history to capture the Woodlawn Vase, and first filly since 2009. Jockey Robby Albarado, trainer Ken McPeek, and owner Peter Callahan made history in the first Preakness Stakes race that concludes the Triple Crown season.

Websitewww.preakness.com

COURTESY WIKIPEDIA COMMONS, THE KENTUCKY DERBY & THE PREAKNESS STAKES PR

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