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Welcome to our complete guide to Preakness Stakes winners. We’re going to take you through the history of this famous horse racing event, highlighting the many winners of the race, starting with the most recent years and going right back to the infancy of the Preakness Stakes.

Full Preakness Stakes Winners List By Year

We’ll be splitting up the list of Preakness winners by era. This is a race that started way back in 1873 and has grown to become a special event on the American sporting calendar. By looking back at the different eras and past Preakness Stakes results, you can witness its evolutions. All Triple Crown winners will be marked in bold.

20 Most Recent Winners of the Preakness

Justify is one of the most famous recent Preakness Stakes winners

The 20 most recent Preakness Stakes winners includes two horses that completed the Triple Crown. Justify in 2018 and American Pharoah in 2015, both achieved this feat. In 2023, a victory from National Treasure, gave trainer Bob Baffert a record-breaking eighth win.

The 2020 and 2009 races were both won by fillies. Prior to that, the last successful female was way back in 1924. Smarty Jones’ win in 2004 is notable for producing the widest margin of victory at 11½ lengths.

Year Preakness Stakes Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
2023 National Treasure John Velazquez SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Masterson, Robert E., Stonestreet Stables LLC, Schoenfarber, Jay A., Waves Edge Capital LLC and Donovan, Catherine Bob Baffert
2022 Early Voting Jose Ortiz Klaravich Stables Chad Brown
2021 Rombauer Flavien Prat Diane Fradkin & John Fradkin Michael McCarthy
2020 Swiss Skydiver † Robby Albarado Peter J. Callahan Kenneth McPeek
2019 War of Will Tyler Gaffalione Gary Barber Mark Casse
2018 Justify Mike Smith WinStar Farm & China Horse Club Bob Baffert
2017 Cloud Computing Javier Castellano Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence Chad Brown
2016 Exaggerator Kent Desormeaux Big Chief Racing, Head Of Plains Partners, Rocker O Ranch & J. Keith Desormeaux J. Keith Desormeaux
2015 American Pharoah Victor Espinoza Zayat Stables, LLC Bob Baffert
2014 California Chrome Victor Espinoza Steve Coburn & Perry Martin Art Sherman
2013 Oxbow Gary Stevens Calumet Farm D. Wayne Lukas
2012 I’ll Have Another Mario Gutierrez J. Paul Reddam Doug O’Neill
2011 Shackleford Jesus Castanon Mike Lauffer & William D. Cubbedge Dale Romans
2010 Lookin At Lucky Martin Garcia Michael Pegram Bob Baffert
2009 Rachel Alexandra † Calvin Borel Stonestreet Stab. & Harold T. McCormick Steven Asmussen
2008 Big Brown Kent Desormeaux IEAH Stables & Paul Pompa Richard Dutrow
2007 Curlin Robby Albarado Stonestreet Stables Steven Asmussen
2006 Bernardini Javier Castellano Darley Stables Tom Albertrani
2005 Afleet Alex Jeremy Rose Cash Is King Stable Timothy Ritchey
2004 Smarty Jones Stewart Elliott Someday Farm John Servis
denotes a filly.

Past Preakness Winners – 1984-2003

Four of Baffert’s wins came in this era, alongside as many for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

Year Preakness Stakes Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
2003 Funny Cide Jose Santos Sackatoga Stable Barclay Tagg
2002 War Emblem Victor Espinoza The Thoroughbred Corp Bob Baffert
2001 Point Given Gary Stevens The Thoroughbred Corp Bob Baffert
2000 Red Bullet Jerry Bailey Stronach Stables Joe Orseno
1999 Charismatic Chris Antley Bob & Beverly Lewis D. Wayne Lukas
1998 Real Quiet Kent Desormeaux Michael Pegram Bob Baffert
1997 Silver Charm Gary Stevens Bob & Beverly Lewis Bob Baffert
1996 Louis Quartorze Pat Day William J. Condren, A. Cornacchia & Georgia E. Hofmann Nick Zito
1995 Timber Country Pat Day Overbrook Farm, Robert B. Lewis & Gainesway Farm D. Wayne Lukas
1994 Tabasco Cat Pat Day David P. Reynolds & Overbrook Farm D. Wayne Lukas
1993 Prairie Bayou Mike Smith Loblolly Stable Tom Bohannan
1992 Pine Bluff Chris McCarron Loblolly Stable Tom Bohannan
1991 Hansel Jerry Bailey Lazy Lane Farms Frank L. Brothers
1990 Summer Squall Pat Day Dogwood Stable Neil J. Howard
1989 Sunday Silence Pat Valenzuela H-G-W Partners Charles Whittingham
1988 Risen Star Ed Delahoussaye Louie Roussel & R. Lamarque Louie Roussel
1987 Alysheba Chris McCarron Dorothy Scharbauer Jack Van Berg
1986 Snow Chief Alex Solis Carl Grinstead Melvin F. Stute
1985 Tank’s Prospect Pat Day Eugene V. Klein D. Wayne Lukas
1984 Gate Dancer Angel Cordero Kenneth Opstein Jack Van Berg

Previous Preakness Stakes Winners – 1964-1983

Perhaps the most notable winner of the Preakness Stakes during this period was Secretariat, the horse known as Big Red. This thoroughbred was the ninth winner of the Triple Crown in 1973 and set a record for being the fastest Preakness winner with a time of 1:53. Seattle Slew and Affirmed were also Triple Crown winners during this period.

Year Preakness Stakes Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
1983 Deputed Testamony Donnie Miller Jr Bonita Farm J. William Boniface
1982 Aloma’s Ruler Jack Kaenel Nathan Scherr John J. Lenzini Jr
1981 Pleasant Colony Jorge Velasquez Buckland Farm John P.Campo
1980 Codex Angel Cordero Tartan Stable D. Wayne Lukas
1979 Spectacular Bid Ronnie Franklin Hawksworth Farm Bud Delp
1978 Affirmed Steve Cauthen Harbor View Farm Laz Barrera
1977 Seattle Slew Jean Cruguet Karen L. Taylor Bill Turner
1976 Elocutionist John Lively Eugene C. Cashman Paul T. Adwell
1975 Master Derby Darrel McHargue Golden Chance Farm Smiley Adams
1974 Little Current Michael A. Rivera Darby Dan Farm Lou Rondinello
1973 Secretariat Ron Turcotte Meadow Stable Lucien Laurin
1972 Bee Bee Bee Eldon Nelson William S. Farish III Del W. Carroll
1971 Canonero II Gustavo Avila Edgar Caibett Juan Arias
1970 Personality Eddie Belmonte Ethel D. Jacobs John W. Jacobs
1969 Majestic Prince Bill Hartack Frank M. McMahon Johnny Longden
1968 Forward Pass Ismael Valenzuela Calumet Farm Henry Forrest
1967 Damascus Bill Shoemaker Edith W. Bancroft Frank Whiteley
1966 Kauai King Don Brumfield Ford Stable (Mike Ford) Henry Forrest
1965 Tom Rolfe Ron Turcotte Powhatan Stable Frank Whiteley
1964 Northern Dancer Bill Hartack Windfields Farm Horatio Luro

Preakness Past Winners – 1939-1963

This was a Preakness era dominated by the jockey Eddie Arcaro. The only jockey to have won the Triple Crown twice, Arcaro set a record of six Preakness Stakes wins, having triumphed in 1941, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1955 and 1957.

Year Preakness Stakes Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
1963 Candy Spots Bill Shoemaker Rex C. Ellsworth Mesh Tenney
1962 Greek Money John L. Rotz Brandywine Stable Virgil W. Raines
1961 Carry Black Johnny Sellers Katherine Price Jack A. Price
1960 Bally Ache Bobby Ussery Turfland Jimmy Pitt
1959 Royal Orbit William Harmatz Halina Gregory Braunstein Reggie Cornell
1958 Tim Tam Ismael Valenzuela Calumet Farm Horace A. Jones
1957 Bold Ruler Eddie Arcaro Wheatley Stable Jim Fitzsimmons
1956 Fabius Bill Hartack Calumet Farm Horace A. Jones
1955 Nashua Eddie Arcaro Belair Stud Jim Fitzsimmons
1954 Hasty Road John H. Adams Hasty House Farm Harry Trotsek
1953 Native Dancer Eric Guerin Alfred G. Vanderbilt II Bill Winfrey
1952 Blue Man Conn McCreary White Oak Stable Woody Stephens
1951 Bold Eddie Arcaro Brookmeade Stable Preston M. Burch
1950 Hill Prince Eddie Arcaro Christopher Chenery Casey Hayes
1949 Capot Ted Atkinson Greentree Stable John M. Gaver Sr
1948 Citation Eddie Arcaro Calumet Farm Horace A. Jones
1947 Faultless Douglas Dodson Calumet Farm Horace A. Jones
1946 Assault Warren Mehrtens King Ranch Max Hirsch
1945 Polynesian Wayne D. Wright Gertrude T. Widener Morris H. Dixon
1944 Pensive Conn McCreary Calumet Farm Ben A. Jones
1943 Count Fleet Johnny Longdon Fannie Hertz Don Cameron
1942 Alsab Basil James Mrs. Albert Sabath Sarge Swenke
1941 Whirlaway Eddie Arcaro Calumet Farm Ben A. Jones
1940 Bimelech Fred A. Smith Edward R. Bradley William A. Hurley
1939 Challedon George Seabo William L. Brann Louis Schaefer

Preakness Stakes Winners By Year – 1919-1938

Nellie Morse’s 1924 Preakness win was the last by a filly for 85 years, until Rachel Alexandra delighted those backing her in their Preakness Stakes picks by repeating the feat in 2009. Here are the Preakness Stakes winners for that period.

Year Preakness Stakes Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
1938 Dauber Maurice Peters Foxcatcher Farms Richard E. Handlen
1937 War Admiral Charley Kurtsinger Glen Riddle Farm George Conway
1936 Bold Venture George Woolf Morton L. Schwartz Max Hirsch
1935 Omaha Willie Saunders Belair Stud Jim Fitzsimmons
1934 High Quest Robert Jones Robert Augustus Smith Brookmeade Stable
1933 Head Play Charley Kurtsinger Suzanne Mason Thomas P. Hayes
1932 Burgoo King Eugene James Edward R. Bradley H.J. Thompson
1931 Mate George Ellis Albert C. Bostwick Jr James W. Healy
1930 Gallant Fox Earl Sande Belair Stud Jim Fitzsimmons
1929 Dr. Freeland Louis Schaefer Walter J. Salmon Sr Thomas J. Healey
1928 Victorian Raymond Workman Harry P. Whitney James G. Rowe Jr
1927 Bostonian Whitey Abel Harry P. Whitney Fred Hopkins
1926 Display John Maiben Walter J. Salmon Sr Thomas J. Healey
1925 Coventry Clarence Kummer Gifford A. Cochran William B. Duke
1924 Nellie Morse † John Merimee Bud Fisher Albert B. Gordon
1923 Vigil Benny Marinelli Walter J. Salmon Sr Thomas J. Healey
1922 Pillory Louis Morris Richard T. Wilson Jr Thomas J. Healey
1921 Broomspun Frank Coltiletti Harry P. Whitney James G. Rowe Sr
1920 Man o’ War Clarence Kummer Glen Riddle Farm Louis Feustel
1919 Sir Barton Johnny Loftus J. K. L. Ross H. Guy Bedwell
denotes a filly.

Preakness Stakes Past Winners from the Early 20th Century – 1900-1918

There were three filly winners of the Preakness in the early 20th century, with the race being won by a female horse in 1903, 1906 and 1915. This era is also notable for the fact that there were two Preakness Stakes run in 1918. With the prize money increased to $25,000 there were so many quality entries, that it was decided that they should be split into two races.

Year Preakness Stakes Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
1918 War Cloud Johnny Loftus A. Kingsley Macomber Walter B. Jennings
1918 Jack Hare Jr Charles Peak William E. Applegate Frank D. Weir
1917 Kalitan Everett Haynes Edward R. Bradley Bill Hurley
1916 Damrosch Linus McAtee J. K. L. Ross Albert G. Weston
1915 Rhine Maiden † Douglas Hoffman Edward F. Whitney Frank Devers
1914 Holiday Andy Schuttinger Mrs. Archibald Barklie J. Simon Healy
1913 Buskin James Butwell John Whalen John Whalen
1912 Colonel Holloway Clarence Turner Beverwyck Stable Dave Woodford
1911 Watervale Eddie Dugan August Belmont Jr John Whalen
1910 Layminster Roy Estep Edward B. Cassatt J. Simon Healy
1909 Effendi Willie Doyle W. T. Ryan Frank C. Frisbie
1908 Royal Tourist Eddie Dugan Harry P. Whitney A. Jack Joyner
1907 Don Enrique George Mountain August Belmont Jr A. Jack Joyner
1906 Whimsical † Walter Miller Tim J. Gaynor Tim J. Gaynor
1905 Cairngorm Willie Davis Sydney Paget A. Jack Joyner
1904 Bryn Mawr Gene Hildebrand Goughacres Stable W. Fred Presgrave
1903 Flocarline † William Gannon Myron H. Tichenor Henry C. Riddle
1902 Old England Lee Jackson Green B. Morris Green B. Morris
1901 The Parader Frank Landry Richard T. Wilson Jr Thomas J. Healey
1900 Hindus Henry Spencer George J. Long John H. Morris
denotes a filly.

All Preakness Winners History from the 19th Century – 1873-1899

The Preakness Stakes begun in 1873, with the race named after the colt Preakness, who won the Dinner Party Stakes on the day that Pimlico Race Course opened. In 1890 it was run at Morris Park and then at Gravesend Race Track between 1894 and 1908. The Preakness returned to Pimlico in 1909, where it has remained ever since and where you can purchase Preakness Stakes tickets to attend.

Year Preakness Stakes Winner Jockey Owner(s) Trainer
1899 Half Time Richard Clawson Philip J. Dwyer Frank McCabe
1898 Sly Fox Willie Simms Charles F. Dwyer Hardy Campbell Jr
1897 Paul Kauvar T. Thorpe Thomas P. Hayes Thomas P. Hayes
1896 Margrave Henry Griffin August Belmont Jr Byron McClelland
1895 Belmar Fred Taral Preakness Stables Edward Feakes
1894 Assignee Fred Taral James R. Keene & Foxhall P. Keene William Lakeland
1893 No race held
1892 No race held
1891 No race held
1890 Montague Willie Martin Preakness Stables Edward Feakes
1889 Buddhist George Anderson Samuel S. Brown John W. Rogers
1888 Refund Fred Littlefield R. Wyndham Walden R. W. Walden
1887 Dunboyne William Donohue William Jennings Sr William Jennings Sr
1886 The Bard Sam H. Fisher Alexander J. Cassatt John Huggins
1885 Tecumseh Jim McLaughlin W. Donohue Charles S. Littlefield
1884 Knight of Ellerslie Sam H. Fisher Richard J. Hancock & Thomas Doswell Thomas Doswell
1883 Jacobus George Barbee James E. Kelley Richard Dwyer
1882 Vanguard Tom Costello George L. Lorillard R. W. Walden
1881 Saunterer Tom Costello George L. Lorillard R. W. Walden
1880 Grenada Lloyd Hughes George L. Lorillard R. W. Walden
1879 Harold Lloyd Hughes George L. Lorillard R. W. Walden
1878 Duke of Magenta Cyrus Holloway George L. Lorillard R. W. Walden
1877 Cloverbrook Cyrus Holloway Edward A. Clabaugh Jeter Walden
1876 Shirley George Barbee Pierre Lorillard IV William Brown
1875 Tom Ochiltree Lloyd Hughes John F. Chamberlain R. W. Walden
1874 Culpepper William Donohue Hugh Gaffney Hugh Gaffney
1873 Survivor George Barbee John F. Chamberlain A. Davis Pryor

What Past Editions Mean for Preakness Winners Today

Studying the Preakness winners list is a key research method for selecting the winner of the 2024 race.

When you look through past winners, certain statistics will stand out and inform your betting choices. For example, the Preakness has only been won by six fillies from the 148 runnings of the race.

The favorite has often been the winner of the Kentucky Derby, yet there have only been 36 Derby winners in history that have gone on to also become Preakness Stakes winners.

So take a deep look at the past winners of the event to see if you can spot any similar trends, which will help you to come up with successful Preakness Stakes picks.

Jockeys & Trainers to Follow

One thing to look out for when studying our lists of Preakness Stakes winners are current jockeys and trainers who have had success in the race.

So the most recent winner of the Preakness Stakes was National Treasure in 2023, which was ridden by John Velazquez and trained by Bob Baffert. It was Valazquez’s first Preakness win, but Baffert have won this Triple Crown event on a record-breaking eight occasions. The much younger Chad Brown trained the 2022 winner Early Voting, which was his second Preakness winner.

Jockeys who have won the Preakness on more than one occasion, including a recent victory, include Robby Albarado, Mike Smith and Javier Castellano, who all have two wins. Kent Desormeaux and Victor Espinoza have both won it three times.

Preakness Winners by Post Position

Another aspect to consider when analysing past Preakness Stakes winners is their post positions at Pimlico. This is something you might want to think about when considering how to bet on the race, too.

Certain posts have proved to be more successful than others. The positions 1-6 are the most fruitful. Of the last twelve Preakness Stakes races, ten have been won by horses starting in this post position.

Pimlico has been the permanent home of the Preakness since 1909. From that year to the present, post 6 has been the most successful, producing 17 winners in total.

At least one horse has won from gates 1-13, but some of the posts have produced few winners. Only one horse has won from 13, while draws 10 and 11 have only produced two winners each.

Preakness Stakes Winners Odds

Finding value in this race is a case of weighing up the likelihood of a horse winning, with the Preakness Stakes odds available to bettors online, on and off-track. These reflect implied probability of success. The good news is that of the recent Preakness Stakes winners, few have been favorites.

The last favorite to win the Preakness Stakes was Justify at 1/2, back in 2018. He had won the Kentucky Derby and would go on to complete the Triple Crown by also winning the Belmont Stakes.

In 2023, the race was won by the second-favorite on Preakness Stakes betting sites in National Treasure at 4/1. The second-favorite also won in 2022, with Early Voting available at 7/2 in the morning line odds.

Looking back at past Preakness winners and payouts is another way to evaluate the runners in the 2024 race. These schedules show what dividends were returned to bettors through pari-mutuel betting pools for a win, place and show. They also reveal the Preakness Stakes payouts on exotic wager like the exacta and trifecta.


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Dan Fitch
Dan Fitch