PIMLICO RACECOURSE

The racecourse at Pimlico is situated in Baltimore in the state of Maryland and has been in existence since 1870. 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.

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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

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, and the most recent 2008 winner was Big Brown ridden by Kent Desormeaux.

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.

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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. In 2008 Student Council was victorius,

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If you have badges, racecards, pictures of the racecourse or further details about the course, including your memories, then email johnslusar@fsmail.net
I am grateful to our American Racing Correspondent Richard Gauthier for the Pimlico Jockey Club badges shown below, part of his impressive collection.
A further extension of Richard Gauthier's collection is his Preakness badges shown below.