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When the Preakness Stakes schedule gets in full swing, Pimlico Race Course has the eyes of the horse racing world centered on it for a couple days each and every May. This is because the second leg of the Triple Crown happens at the Baltimore racetrack in Maryland on an annual basis.

This page is all about the full Preakness Stakes program of events on the track at Pimlico. A two-day meet that starts with the Black Eyed Susan Stakes and its card on the third Friday in May, everything culminates the following day. That is when the Preakness program happens.

Full Black Eyed Susan Card & Preakness Stakes Schedule

There’s a complete Preakness schedule of events across both days of the meet in Baltimore below. This tells you about every single race on the consecutive cards at Pimlico. Our tables tell you how far each of the Preakness Stakes horses events is in terms of distance. Some have restrictions based on the horse’s age and sex, or whether or not they have won before.

Black Eyed Susan Stakes Day (May 17)

Before we get to the Preakness Stakes schedule, there’s the first day of the meet. Most of the betting interest on this card involves Black Eyed Susan picks as it is the feature race. Supporting that Grade II race for three-year-old fillies over the same distance as the Preakness are three Grade III events.

These are as follows. First, the Miss Preakness Stakes is a sprint contest with the same age and sex restrictions as the Black Eyed Susan Stakes. The Hilltop Stakes, meanwhile, is a turf race over a mile for three-year-old fillies. Finally, the last of the Grade III races is the Pimlico Special Stakes on dirt over an 9.5 furlongs and open to older horses.

Earlier on the supporting card is a Listed event for fillies and mares, the Allaire Dupont Distaff Stakes. This contest is also run over Preakness and Black Eyed Susan course and distance. A conditions turf sprint, The Very One Stakes, is yet another females only event at Pimlico on this date. Here is the Friday Preakness Stakes schedule in full:

Race No Race Name Race Type Surface Distance Age of Horses
1 Allowance Race Turf 1m 1f 3yo+
2 Allowance Optional Claimer Claiming Race Dirt 6f 3yo+
3 Maiden Special Weight Maiden Turf 5f 3yo-5yo
4 Allaire Dupont Distaff Stakes Listed Dirt 1m 1f 3yo+ fillies & mares
5 Allowance Optional Claimer Claiming Race Turf 5f 3yo+
6 Allowance Race Dirt 6f 3yo+
7 Allowance Optional Claimer Claiming Race Turf 1m 0.5f 3yo+
8 Allowance Optional Claimer Claiming Race Dirt 6f 3yo+
9 The Very One Stakes Conditions Turf 5f 3yo+ fillies & mares
10 Miss Preakness Stakes Grade III Dirt 6f 3yo fillies
11 Hilltop Stakes Grade III Turf 1m 3yo fillies
12 Pimlico Special Stakes Grade III Dirt 1m 1.5f 3yo+
13 George E. Mitchell Black Eyed Susan Stakes Grade II Dirt 1m 1f 3yo fillies
14 Maiden Claimer Claiming Race / Maiden Turf 5f 3yo-5yo

Preakness Race Day Schedule (May 18)

Moving on to the biggest day in Pimlico Race Course’s calendar, everything builds to the Grade I Triple Crown race. Most of the wagers taken by Preakness Stakes betting sites are on the big race for sure. There’s a packed program before we get to that, though.

The Preakness Stakes schedule contains another 14 races. There are five Grade III contests and a with couple Listed status in the build-up to the main event. Each of these are worth a mention too. The Chick Lang Stakes is a six-furlong sprint on the dirt for three-year-olds only. There is also the Maryland Spring Stakes at the same distance open to older horses.

Three of the Grade IIIs are turf races. These are the Gallorette Stakes over an extended mile, the Dinner Party Stakes that is the oldest stakes race in the entire Mid-Atlantic region, and James W Murphy Stakes for three-year-olds. Here is the complete Preakness race schedule for the big day:

Race No Race Name Race Type Surface Distance Age of Horses
1 Allowance Race Turf 5f 3yo+
2 Allowance Optional Claimer Claiming Race Dirt 1m 0.5f 3yo+
3 Maiden Special Weight Maiden Turf 1m 0.5f 3yo-5yo
4 Sir Barton Stakes Black Type Dirt 1m 0.5f 3yo
5 Allowance Race Turf 1m 0.5f 3yo+
6 Chick Lang Stakes Grade III Dirt 6f 3yo
7 Gallorette Stakes Grade III Turf 1m 0.5f 3yo+
8 Dinner Party Stakes Grade III Turf 1m 1f 3yo+
9 Skipat Fillies Stakes Listed Dirt 6f 3yo+ fillies & mares
10 Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes Listed Turf 5f 3yo+
11 Maryland Sprint Stakes Grade III Dirt 6f 3yo+
12 James W Murphy Stakes Grade III Turf 1m 3yo
13 Preakness Stakes Grade I Dirt 1m 1.5f 3yo
14 UAE President Cup Grade I Dirt 1m 0.5f 4yo+ Pureblood Arabians


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Jamie Clark

Pro handicapper Jamie Clark has been picking winners of the biggest horse races worldwide for more than a decade now. He provides valuable insight and analysis for the Preakness Stakes and other major events in America.