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The Preakness Stakes

  • Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland, United States (map)

The second leg of the Triple Crown tears through Baltimore on the third Saturday in May at the annual running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. The race has changed since the first running in 1873, but many traditions remain. The winner is presented with the hefty Woodlawn Vase, a grand silver trophy crafted by Tiffany in 1860, while his horse is draped in a delicate blanket made from Black-Eyed Susans, Maryland's state flower. Tickets for under $100 can be purchased for the Grand Concourse where you can mingle with the society folks in bright colors and over-the-top hats. Cheaper tickets get spectators onto the Infield where the beer flows freely all day and concerts and other events fill the time before the race.

Earlier Event: May 5
Kentucky Derby Day
Later Event: June 9
Belmont Stakes - Elmont, New York