PREAKNESS FAST FACTS: On 11 occasions, the Preakness was run prior to the Derby and twice, 1917 and 1922, both were on the same day.
In 1890, the Preakness and Belmont Stakes were run on the same card at Morris Park.
On 11 different occasions, the Belmont was run prior to the Preakness. Since 1931, the current order of the Kentucky Derby-Preakness Stakes-Belmont Stakes has remained in place.
PREAKNESS FAST FACTS: Since 1931, the Preakness has been run on Saturday afternoon, although this was not always so.
The Preakness has been staged on every day except Sunday. The classic has been run on Tuesday, 14 times; Friday, 13; Monday, 6; Wednesday, 5; and Thursday, 4.
PREAKNESS FAST FACTS: The eight Maryland-breds to win the state’s signature race were Cloverbrook (1877), Dunboyne (1887), Refund (1888), Sly Fox (1898), Challedon (1939), Kauai King (1966), Bee Bee Bee (1972) and Deputed Testamony (1983).
They just held a moment of silence in the Pimlico press box for Dale Austin, the longtime Sun horseracing writer who passed last weekend
Bad news for those betting on Race 3 today at Pimlico. Cheyenne Nation -- who our picks expert Liam Durbin really liked -- is scratched.
Anticipating a bit of mud, Emily Greene, 23, and Charlotte Cameron, 23, thought carefully about their footwear.
In the end they both opted for sandals, exposing their toes to the brownish-sludge outside the beer tent.
"Rainboots obviously wouldn't go with this hat," Cameron said. And Green decided her Michael Kors sandals were coming to the end of their lifespan and could be sacrificed.
PREAKNESS FAST FACTS: Seven African-American riders have had Preakness mounts, including two who visited the winners’ circle. Today, of the roughly 1,000 jockeys racing on thoroughbreds in the United States, only 50 are black, according to the Jockey Guild.
George “Spider” Anderson won the 1889 Preakness aboard Buddhist. Willie Simms had two mounts, including a victory in the 1898 Preakness with Sly Fox. “Pike” Barnes was second with Philosophy in 1890, while the third and fourth place finishers in the 1896 Preakness were ridden by African-Americans (Alonzo Clayton—3rd with Intermission & Tony Hamilton—4th on Cassette). The final two to ride in the middle jewel are Wayne Barnett (Sparrowvon, 8th in 1985) and Kevin Krigger (Goldencents, 5th in 2013). Today, of the roughly 1,000 jockeys racing on thoroughbreds in the United States, only 50 are black, according to the Jockey Guild.