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The second jewel of the Triple Crown thoroughbred racing will be taking place this coming Saturday, May 17th at the Pimlico Race course in Baltimore. The history of the Preakness Stakes dates back to 1873 when its first-ever spring race of the mile and one-half (2.41 km) category was ran. This famous horse race is also known as “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” and this year the purse stands at $1,500,000 for the winning horse. Since May 27th, 1873 the Preakness has been run at seven different distances and these are:
- 1½ miles (2.41 km) : 1873–1888, 1890
- 1¼ miles (2.01 km) : 1889
- 1-1/16 miles (1.71 km) : 1894–1900, 1908
- 1 mile 70 yards (1.67 km) : 1901–1907
- 1 mile (1.61 km) : 1909, 1910
- 1⅛ miles (1.81 km) : 1911–1924
- 1-3/16 miles (1.91 km) : 1925–present
In the course of its history and 136 races, only 5 fillies have won the Preakness Stakes while about 95% of this high-stakes race has been won by colts. These fillies are: 1903 – Flocarline 1906 – Whimsical 1915 – Rhine Maiden 1924 – Nellie Morse 2009 – Rachel Alexandra .
There are many expectations on the 139th edition of the Preakness Stakes to be run this Saturday as the race could unveil a potential Triple Crown winner. If the Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is able to hold off the challenge then it will be on the right track to eternal glory, but let’s not forget his winning time was the slowest time on a fast-rated Derby track since 1974.
Check out this quick video on the latest horse racing action at the Kentucky Derby: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2048627-kentucky-derby-2014-latest-odds-and-predictions-for-triple-crown-favorites
The following are the top 5 confirmed contenders that will be running at Pimlico this weekend and their betting odds:
California Chrome 5/8 Pablo del Monte 25/1 Kid Cruz 14/1 Social Inclusion 8/1 Ride on Curlin 12/1
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