The Preakness Stakes horse race is held on the third Saturday of May each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. It is the second gem in the Triple Crown and is held two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks before the Belmont Stakes.
The Preakness has often been called the Run for the Black Eyed Susans because the winner will be draped with a blanket of yellow flowers in honor of Maryland’s state flower instead of the traditional red roses. The race was first run in 1873 and was named by a former Maryland governor after a winning colt.
This Saturday, May 21st, will be the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes. On May 27th 1873 a three year old colt named Survivor won by 10 lengths. It was the biggest margin victory at the track until 2004 when Smarty Jones crossed the finish line 11 1/2 lengths ahead of the pack. Maybe this year a new record will be set!