Pimlico Race Course
is a horse racetrack
in Baltimore, Maryland
, most famous for hosting the Preakness Stakes
. Its name is derived from the 1660s when English
settlers called the area where the facility currently stands in honor of Olde Ben Pimlico's Tavern in London
. The racetrack is nicknamed
"Old Hilltop" after a small rise in the infield
that became a favorite gathering place for thoroughbred
trainers and race enthusiasts.
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 Maryland Jockey Club, a joint venture of MI Developments Inc.
(MID) and Penn National Gaming
. On April 13, 2009, the Maryland General Assembly
approved a bill
authorizing the state to purchase Pimlico if Magna cannot find a buyer. It was signed into law by Governor Martin O'Malley
the following day.
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.
In the century and more since its opening, Pimlico Race Track has weathered much outside history including... Read More