Preakness Stakes

Baltimore's Old Hilltop comes alive with the running of the Preakness Stakes, where the finest three-year old thoroughbreds compete. 



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Pimlico Race Course
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Preakness Hot Air Balloon festival

Hi-Ho Pimlico!

October 3, 2020 -  145th Running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course— pivotal second jewel in horse racing’s ultimate series, the Triple Crown. The race that has shaped the legacies of champion horses such as Seabiscuit, is a 1 3/16 miles course for three-year old colts, geldings and fillies.

The excitement of the day includes a full race card featuring the top performing thoroughbreds in the world and live performances by major artists at InfieldFest.

Sunrise at Old Hilltop

Walking tours taking 20-minutes run from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m., Tuesday through Friday of Preakness Week.  
After enjoying a glorious sunrise on the Grandstand apron while watching the Preakness contenders’ morning jaunts, you will get an insider's scoop on racing during an escorted tour of the stable area. You never know who you may bump into at the stable...trainers, owners and jockeys rise n' shine early!  More info...

Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival 

Howard County Fairgrounds illuminates the night  sky at this three-day festival with dozens of hot air balloons, specialty crafts, entertainment and food. More info....

Black-Eyed Susan Day

Fast fillies from across the country compete in the Black-Eyed Susan, which dates back to 1919. The mile and one-eighth test, for three-year-old fillies is traditionally run the Friday before the Preakness and has long been recognized as the middle jewel of the traditional filly Triple Crown, which also includes the Kentucky Oaks Stakes and the Acorn.
More info about Black-Eyed Susan events.


Signature Drink:

The Black-eyed Susan is Maryland's state flower and the cocktail’s name is taken from the flowers used to make the blanket that drapes the winner of the Preakness Stakes. 
1 - 1/4 cup Sloop Betty vodka
4 cups orange juice
1 - 1/4 cup light rum from Lyon Distilling
ice ring
3/4 cup triple sec
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
4 cups pineapple juice
Chill all ingredients. Just before serving, combine in a punch bowl. Unmold ice ring and float in the bowl. Serve in tall glasses. Makes 10 large servings.

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