There’s nearly a century and a half of rich history surrounding the May 20 Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico Race Course. Not only is it a steppingstone to the Belmont Stakes and potential Triple Crown glory for Always Dreaming, it’s also an important Grade 1 race for any horse to win.
Learn more about the storied race by going behind the numbers.
1 3/16 miles - The distance of the Preakness since 1925.
1 ½ miles - The distance the Preakness was contested at from 1873-1888 and in 1890.
1:53 - Secretariat’s time in the 1973 race, a record.
4 - The total number of gray or roan winners of the Preakness, none since Silver Charm in 1997.
6 - The number of times a maiden (horse who has never won a race) has won the Preakness, although it hasn’t happened since 1888.
8 - The number of times a horse bred in Maryland has won Maryland’s signature race, most recently Spectacular Bid in 1979.
10 - The number of Preakness winners who were sired (fathered) by a Preakness winner, including 2016 winner Exaggerator, by 2007 winner Curlin.
16 - The number of times Baltimore’s Triple Crown race has been held in New York, in 1890 and from 1894 to 1908.
20 - The number of Preakness winners named Horse of the Year, racing’s highest year-end honor, the same year.
35 - Total number of horses that won the Preakness after a Kentucky Derby victory. Just 12 went on to win the Belmont Stakes and sweep the Triple Crown.
142 - This year is the 142nd edition of the Preakness Stakes.
135,256 - Record attendance at the 2016 Preakness, despite rainy weather.
$1.5 million - Total purse money up for grabs in the race.
$94,127,434 - Record amount bet on Preakness day 2016.