134th Preakness Stakes
* Date: Saturday May 16th, 2009
* Location: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD
* Post Time: 6:15PM (EST)
* TV Network: NBC, 5:00PM (EST)
The "Race for the Black-Eyed Susans" is typically run on the third Saturday in May, just two weeks after the Kentucky Derby. This year, the second leg of the Triple Crown is in its 134th running and will take place on May 16, 2009 in Balitmore, Md. The Preakness Stakes boasts a purse of $1M, and at only 1 3/16 miles, it is the Triple Crown's shortest race. Expect to see many of the same faces from the Kentucky Derby take on the Preakness Stakes as visions of that coveted Triple Crown title begin to dance in competitors' minds and fatigue is not yet a factor.
The Preakness Stakes is a prestigious Grade I stakes race 1 3/16 mile (1.91 km) thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds, held on the third Saturday in May of each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57 kg); fillies 121 lb (55 kg). The Preakness Stakes has been termed "The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans" because a horseshoe of black-eyed susans (Rudbeckia hirta), the state flower of Maryland, is traditionally placed around the winner's neck.
The Preakness is the second and shortest leg in thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, and almost always attracts the Kentucky Derby winner, some of the other horses that ran in the Derby, and often a few horses that did not start in the Derby. (The phrase "Triple Crown" was not applied to this series of races until the 1930s.) It is followed by the third leg, the Belmont Stakes.
2009 Preakness Stakes official site