The Preakness Stakes is the second race of the American Triple Crown and it always generates a lot of hype because there is always new hope for a Triple Crown winner after a horse wins the Kentucky Derby. The Preakness Stakes takes place in late May, two weeks after the Kentucky Derby. It’s a 9.5 furlong race, which makes it the shortest of the Triple Crown races, but is a similar distance to the Kentucky Derby, which is why we will often see horses win the Derby and the Preakness and then falter at the Belmont Stakes, which has a longer distance.
The race place at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland and is often referred to as “the race for the black-eyed susans” because a blanket of yellow flowers that are made to resemble the State flower of Maryland are placed around the winner’s neck. The race carries a purse of $1.5 million.
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Every sportsbook online that accepts Canadian players will take bets on the Preakness Stakes. The above table outlines the 3 sites that I recommend to visitors here at Sports Betting Canadian. The horse racing betting will often have it’s own section on the betting site, which is called the ‘Racebook’. This is true with both Sports Interaction and Bodog, which are listed above. Bet365 takes their horse racing bets directly in their regular sportsbook among the other sports.
My favourite betting site for wagering on horse races is SportsInteraction.com, so I will quickly go over how to find the Preakness Stakes odds and place your bet at Sports Interaction. After you visit the SportsInteraction.com website you should click on ‘Racebook’ in the top navigation bar. Once at the Racebook click ‘Pimlico Race Course’ in the left sidebar to bring up the races at Pimlico for that day. Then find the Preakness Stakes and place your bets.
If you want to bet on the Preakness before the day of the race you will be able to find fixed futures odds in the Sports Interaction sportsbook.
A Brief History of the Preakness Stakes
The Preakness Stakes was first run in 1873, which is two years before the Kentucky Derby got underway. The race was originally named in honor of the colt named Preakness from the Milton Holbrook Sanford’s Preakness Stables in Preakness, New Jersey. The horse won the main race on the day that the Pimlico Race Course was opened, so it was fitting that they name their most famous race after this horse.
In recent history, the horse who has won the Kentucky Derby has often fared very well at the Preakness Stakes before failing to complete the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes. Since the last Triple Crown winner way back in 1978 there have been 13 times that same horse that won the Derby has won the Preakness. That means that in the past 36 years the winner of the Kentucky Derby has won the Preakness Stakes 36% of the time.
Secretariat, arguably the most successful horse in the history of the sport, holds the record the fastest Preakness Stakes time ever recorded with a time of 1:53.00. Secretariat also holds the record for the Kentucky Derby.
For a more detailed history of the Preakness Stakes including other records, the past winners, and the races evolution check out the Preakness Stakes Wikipedia page.