So, here’s a few things you should know if you’re heading to Pimlico for the 138th Preakness Stakes Saturday — as well as some things you may not need to know — but we thought were interesting.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb, co-owned by Baltimore County’s Stuart Janney III, is considered the top horse in the race and likely will go off as an even-money favorite. However, Orb drew the post position — unlike in auto racing — not the best place to start.
Rosie Napravnik, 25, who launched her riding career in Maryland, will become the third woman to compete in the Preakness, sitting atop Mylute, currently listed at 5-1 odds. Julie Krone, with a victory at the 1993 Belmont Stakes, is the only female jockey to win a Triple Crown race.
Kevin Krigger, 29, will ride Goldencents, at 8-1 odds Friday morning, hoping to become the first African-American jockey since 1898 to capture the Preakness. Goldencents is trained by Doug O’Neil, who trained I’ll Have Another, the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.
Departing, who has won four of five career races, at 6-1 odds, and Itsmyluckyday, who has won five of 11 career races, at 10-1, are the other horses among the nine entered, listed at 10-1 odds or better.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has three horses in the race: Will Take Charge (12-1), Oxbow (15-1) and long shot Titletown Five (30-1).
The full line-up can be found here.
Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes, launched its first race in 1870 and is the second-oldest track in the U.S. after Saratoga. Legendary horses such as Man O’War, Seabiscuit, Citation and Secretariat have competed here.
The area called Pimlico got its name from English settlers, although the original spelling appeared as “Pemlicoe” in the first charter settlement, according to a history at Preakness.com.
The Preakness Stakes took its name in honor of the colt Preakness, who won on the day Pimlico opened on Oct. 25, 1870.
Forty years ago this month, Secretariat nailed down the second leg in his famous Triple Crown run at Pimlico. Starting slowly, in the back of the pack, Secretariat roared into first place in likely the greatest 200-yard burst of speed in horse racing history. Not initially awarded the course record at the 1973 Preakness because of a clock malfunction, Secretariat did receive recognition for setting the mark last year — 39 years later — following a video analysis of the race.
Can I still get tickets? Yes, online here — or by phone at 410-542-9400. Seats, standing room only and infield tickets remain available.
Gates open: 8 a.m.
Don’t: Bring outside beverages, backpacks, duffel bags or coolers.
Do: Bring beach blankets, lightweight chairs and lunch (for infielders).
Live music: All day on two stages. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis take the main stage at 1:15 p.m., followed by Pitbull at 3:45.
Preakness Stakes race time: 6:20 p.m.