Inside the Numbers: Preakness Stakes

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The stretch run from the 2014 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. (Eclipse Sportswire)

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.

6 - The number of Preakness wins by trainer Bob Baffert: Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998), Point Given (2001), War Emblem (2002), Lookin At Lucky (2010) and American Pharoah (2015).

8 - Preakness wins by owner Calumet Farm, a record. The farm will have Hence in this year’s race and Term of Art also is under consideration.

8 - The number of times a horse bred in Maryland has won Maryland’s signature race, most recently Spectacular Bid in 1979.

Exaggerator (Eclipse Sportswire)

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.

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