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The racecourse at Pimlico is situated 12 kilometres north-west of Baltimore in the state of Maryland and has been in existence since 1870. The left handed oval dirt track has perimeter 8 furlongs with a furlong and a half home straight, together with a 1400 metre turf track on the inside. Its most famous race is the Preakness Stakes which was first run in 1873, just 3 years after the course opened. When the track opened in 1870 the principal race was the Dinner Party Stakes, with the inaugural running being won by Preakness.

Local Patrons Pimlico Turf Club, Maryland Jockey Club
Principal Races Preakness Stakes

By 1873 the Preakness Stakes was launched in honour of the great horse.
Recent Preakness Stakes Winners
2012 I'll Have Another ridden by Mario Gutierrez
2011 Shackleford ridden by Jesus Castanon
2010 Lookin At Lucky ridden by Martin Garcia
2009 Rachel Alexandra ridden by Calvin Borel
2008 Big Brown ridden by Kent Desormeaux
2007 Curlin ridden by Robby Albarado
2006 Bernardini ridden by Javier Castellan

On 1st November 1938 the track is famous for hosting the match between War Admiral and Seabiscuit when Seabiscuit prevailed. The match was witnessed by over 43000 people. As well as the Preakness it hosts the Group 1 Pimlico Special in May run over 9 1/2 furlongs and contested for the first time in 1937 when War Admiral won. Seabiscuit followed this up next year.

The Preakness is run each May over 9 1/2 furlongs and is for 3 year olds. The inaugural running, in 1873, was won by the George Barbee ridden Survivor. Pat Day rode 3 consecutive winners from 1994 to 96.

Course today The racecourse continues to operate very successfully.
If you have photos, postcards, racecards. badges, newspaper cuttings or book references about the old course, or can provide a photo of how the ground on which the old racecourse stood looks today, then email johnwslusar@gmail.com
I am grateful to our American Racing Correspondent Richard Gauthier for the Pimlico Jockey Club badges shown below, part of his impressive collection.
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ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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