Pimlico Race Course

Pimlico Race Course

Pimlico Race Course is a horse racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland, most famous for hosting the Preakness Stakes.

Pimlico officially opened in the fall of 1870, with the colt Preakness winning the first running of the Dinner Party Stakes. Three years later the horse would have the 1873 Preakness Stakes named in his honor. The track is also noted as the home for the match race in which Seabiscuit beat War Admiral in the second Pimlico Special, on November 1, 1938, before a crowd of 43,000. It is currently owned by Magna Entertainment Corp.

The Preakness Stakes and the Pimlico Special are run at a distance of 1 3/16 miles. The Pimlico track record for that distance is held by Farma Way, who set it while winning the Pimlico Special in 1991.

Physical attributes

The track has a one-mile dirt oval and a seven furlong turf oval. There is stabling for about 1,000 horses, and the attendance capacity, including the infield, is over 120,000.


The following graded stakes are run at Pimlico:
*Grade 1 - Pimlico Special "not carded in 2007"
*Grade 1 - Preakness Stakes
*Grade 2 - Dixie Stakes
*Grade 2 - Black-Eyed Susan Stakes
*Grade 3 - Adena Stallions' Miss Preakness Stakes
*Grade 3 - Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes
*Grade 3 - Gallorette Handicap
*Grade 3 - Hirsch Jacobs Stakes
*Grade 3 - Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap
*Grade 3 - Safely Kept Breeders' Cup Stakes
*Grade 3 - William Donald Schaefer Handicap
*Grade 3 - Barbaro Stakes
*Ungraded - Federico Tesio Stakes

Non-Racing Events

Pimlico Race Course has been the only United States site for Virgin Festival since it began in 2006. The first Virgin Festival, held on September 23, featured bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Who. Virgin Festival returned to Pimlico in 2007, as a two-day festival held on August 4–5 and featuring popular acts such as The Police, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Modest Mouse, and more. Virgin Festival returned to Pimlico for the third time on August 9-10, 2008, with five headliners: Foo Fighters, Kanye West, Stone Temple Pilots, Jack Johnson, and Nine Inch Nails.

External links

* [http://www.pimlico.com/ Pimlico Race Course Web Site]
* [http://www.preakness-stakes.info/pimlico.php Pimlico]

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