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Preakness Stakes

The Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown, was conceived through an agreement among sportsmen to stage a special race to commemorate a memorable occasion on a late summer evening in 1868.

2021 Preakness Stakes Odds

1 Ram D. Wayne Lukas Ricardo Santana Jr. 4-1
2 Keepmeinmind Robertino Diodoro David Cohen 15-1
3 Medina Spirit Bob Baffert John Velazquez 9-5
4 Crowded Trade Chad Brown Javier Castellano 10-1
5 Midnight Bourbon Steve Asmussen Irad Ortiz Jr. 5-1
6 Rombauer Michael McCarthy Flavien Prat 12-1
7 France Go de Ina Hideyuki Mori Joel Rosario 20-1
8 Unbridled Honor Todd Pletcher Luis Saez 15-1
9 Risk Taking Chad Brown Jose Ortiz 15-1
10 Concert Tour Bob Baffert Mike Smith 5-2

2021 Preakness Stakes Replay

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Preakness Stakes Winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Dist.
Time* Purse
2021 Rombauer Flavien Prat Michael W. McCarthy Diane & John Fradkin 1+3/16 1:53.62 $1,000,000
2020 Swiss Skydiver Robby Albarado Kenneth McPeek Peter J. Callahan 1+3/16 1:53.28 $1,000,000
2019 War of Will Tyler Gaffalione Mark E. Casse Gary Barber 1+3/16 1:54.34 $1,650,000
2018 Justify Mike Smith Bob Baffert WinStar Farm / China Horse Club 1+3/16 1:55.93 $1,500,000
2017 Cloud Computing Javier Castellano Chad Brown Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence 1+3/16 1:55.98 $1,500,000
2016 Exaggerator Kent Desormeaux J. Keith Desormeaux Big Chief Racing LLC et al. 1+3/16 1:58.31 $1,500,000
2015 American Pharoah Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Zayat Stables, LLC 1+3/16 1:58.46 $1,500,000
2014 California Chrome Victor Espinoza Art Sherman Steve Coburn & Perry Martin 1+3/16 1:54.84 $1,500,000
2013 Oxbow Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas Calumet Farm 1+3/16 1:57.54 $1,000,000
2012 I'll Have Another Mario Gutierrez Doug O'Neill J. Paul Reddam 1+3/16 1:55.94 $1,000,000
2011 Shackleford Jesus Castanon Dale Romans Mike Lauffer & William D. Cubbedge 1+3/16 1:56.47 $1,500,000
2010 Lookin At Lucky Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Michael Pegram 1+3/16 1:55.47 $1,000,000
2009 Rachel Alexandra Calvin Borel Steve Asmussen Stonestreet Stab. & Harold T. McCormick 1+3/16 1:55.08 $1,100,000
2008 Big Brown Kent Desormeaux Richard Dutrow IEAH Stables & Paul Pompa 1+3/16 1:54.86 $1,000,000
2007 Curlin Robby Albarado Steve Asmussen Stonestreet Stables 1+3/16 1:53.46 $1,000,000
2006 Bernardini Javier Castellano Tom Albertrani Darley Stables 1+3/16 1:54.65 $1,000,000
2005 Afleet Alex Jeremy Rose Timothy Ritchey Cash Is King Stable 1+3/16 1:55.04 $1,000,000
2004 Smarty Jones Stewart Elliott John Servis Someday Farm 1+3/16 1:55.59 $1,000,000
2003 Funny Cide Jose Santos Barclay Tagg Sackatoga Stable 1+3/16 1:55.61 $1,000,000
2002 War Emblem Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert The Thoroughbred Corp. 1+3/16 1:56.40 $1,000,000
2001 Point Given Gary Stevens Bob Baffert The Thoroughbred Corp. 1+3/16 1:55.40 $1,000,000
2000 Red Bullet Jerry Bailey Joe Orseno Stronach Stables 1+3/16 1:56.00 $1,000,000

Preakness Stakes Records

Here are some noteworthy records of the Preakness Stakes:

Speed record:

  • 1+3/16 miles (1.91 km) 1:53 Secretariat (1973)

Margin of Victory:

  • 11 1/2 lengths Smarty Jones (2004)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 6 Eddie Arcaro (1941, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1957)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 7 Bob Baffert (1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2015, & 2018)
  • 7 R. Wyndham Walden (1875, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, & 1888)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 7 Calumet Farm (1941, 1944, 1947, 1948, 1956, 1958, 1968, 2013) (also the leading breeder with 7)

History of the Preakness Stakes

Governor Oden Bowie of Maryland, a horseman and racing entrepreneur, was one of the distinguished guests at an elegant dinner party after the races at the Union Hall Hotel in Saratoga given by Milton H. Sanford. John Hunter of New York proposed that the feast be commemorated by a stake race to be run in the fall of 1870 for three-year old colts and fillies at two miles, to be known as the Dinner Party Stakes in honor of the evening. Gov. Bowie suggested a purse of $15,000, an extremely huge sum in those days.

Gov. Bowie requested that the Dinner Party Stakes be run in Maryland, and pledged to build a new racetrack to host it. Hence, the idea for Pimlico Race Course was born, and in the fall of 1870, the inaugural Dinner Party Stakes was run on Pimlico's opening. Won by Sanford's Preakness, one of only two male entrants in the seven horse field, the massive bay colt was a first time starter. His jockey, Billy Hayward, followed a unique tradition of the day after the race: a wire was stretched across the track from the judges' stand with a small silk bag filled with gold pieces. When the race was over, the winning jockey untied the string holding the bag and claimed the money. It is believed this custom brought about the modern day "wire" at the finish line, and the designation of "purse" money.

Gov. Bowie's Dinner Party Stakes would later be run at Pimlico as the Dixie Handicap (now known as the "Dixie"), and hold the honor of being the 8th oldest stakes race in America.

Two years before the Kentucky Derby would appear, Pimlico was busy introducing its new stakes race for three-year olds, the Preakness, during its first-ever spring race meet in 1873. Gov. Bowie had named the mile and one-half race in honor of Dinner Party Stakes - winner, Preakness.

The scene was set for the first Preakness Stakes on Tuesday, May 27, a warm and muggy spring day at Pimlico. The crowd, well aware of Bowie's accomplishments in putting Baltimore on the national Thoroughbred map, swelled to 12,000. The violet-painted stands and the Victorian Clubhouse, which survived until a fire destroyed it in 1966, were decorated with the Maryland Jockey Club blue and white pennants. Entertainment was provided by Itzel's Fifth Regiment Band, which played operatic airs from Martha and Il Trovatore, and popular tunes of the day.

The first Preakness drew seven starters, but it was John Chamberlain's three-year old, Survivor, who galloped home easily by ten lengths to a purse of $2,050 to this day, the largest Preakness margin of victory.

The new Preakness, off to a great start, prospered for the next 17 years. The early Preakness Stakes attracted quality horses and good crowds; however, in 1889, due to changes in the racing industry, the Preakness and Pimlico galloped to a halt. In 1890, the Preakness was run at Morris Park in New York. The Maryland Jockey Club continued to be involved in racing by presenting some steeplechasing and even trotting races at Pimlico, but the Preakness did not return home to Pimlico until 1909. During this interval, the Preakness was run for 15 years at the Gravesend track in Brooklyn, New York. These 15 so-called "lost" Preaknesses were officially enrolled in the race history of the classic in 1948; the 1890 Preakness was added in the 1960's.

Several traditions enjoyed today are attributed to the spontaneity of the 1909 Preakness renewal. For example, the musical rendering of "Maryland My Maryland" began when a bugler, moved by the spirit of the day, began playing Maryland's historic state song. The rest of the band, inspired by the music, joined in and the crowd reacted enthusiastically. In addition, Preakness 1909 also inaugurated the concept of the "painting of the colors" atop the weather vane, to honor the winning horse.

From that day in 1909, the Preakness has run without a break each year at Pimlico, steadily growing in popularity and purse value. It was once said that having the Preakness in Baltimore is like being able to schedule the World Series or Super Bowl every year. The Preakness Stakes has remained throughout history a true test of a horse's ability and class, a race where remarkable horses meet one another other in a great classic.

The phrase "Triple Crown" was not coined until the 1930's, but it is this race on the third Saturday in May where the best of the Derby horses gather to see if there will be that window of opportunity for a Triple Crown prospect. Much goes on during this colorful time at Pimlico, but it has always been the horse that draws the fans. As poet Ogden Nash wrote: "The Derby is a race of aristocratic sleekness, for horses of birth to prove their worth to run in the Preakness."

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