Preakness Stakes Handicapping Preview
Preakness Stakes - ‘The Run Of Black Eyed Susans’
The Preakness Stakes is held every third Saturday in May each year. It is an American Grade1 running 1-3/16 mile (1.91 km) thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old horses and the event is held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.
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The event is known as the ‘Run of the Black-Eyed Susans’ at which the winner of the race is placed with a blanket of black-eyed Susans around the neck.
It is the second leg of the Triple Crown Series and attracts the winners of the Kentucky Derby as well as other horses that ran in the Derby. The Preakness is 9 ½ furlongs
This year, the event is running on the 21st of May, 2011 and marks its 136th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes since 1873. A total of 14 horses are lined up for the race and the action will be televised on NBC at 4:30 PM ET. The Preakness is run on a shorter distance of 9 ½ (1.91 km) furlongs than compared to the Kentucky Derby race of 2.012 km. After the Preakness stakes comes the third leg of the Triple Crown Series – the Belmont Stakes that is run over a 1 ½ mile race course.
The Animal Kingdom can surely make yet another surprise in the Preakness Stakes after having won the Kentucky Derby. However, others included in the line-up are Mucho Macho Man, Dialed In and Nehro and other confirmed horses running at Pimlico include Mr. Commons, King Congie, Astrology, Shackleford, Midnight Interlude, and Norman Asbjornson.
There can be great possibility that Animal Kingdom can win the Preakness thus giving a clearer chance of being the Triple Crown Winner. Animal Kingdom is an identifiable Triple Crown Winner and punters should include it as their favorite. After the Preakness Stakes, we will be looking forward to attend the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.
The Preakness Stakes started earlier than Kentucky Derby has become one of the oldest horse racing events in the USA. The event is not only about horseracing, punters will get to enjoy the spring party in Baltimore. A party known as the InfieldFest will be held at the event and spectators will not be allowed to bring in any drinks at which an upfront fee of $20 gets you all the drinks you need and you will get to receive a souvenir mug with unlimited refills. Other events that will be held at the Preakness Stakes include beach volleyball games, a bikini contest, and the Jagermeister Cornhole Tournament.
The Preakness Stakes event is offering special bonuses to its contenders. For instance, the winner of the Preakness 2011 Stakes will be awarded a bonus of $5.5 million that is $5 million to the owner of the horse and $500,000 to the trainer. The grand prize is meant to provide a potential experience for the stakeholders of the racing industry.