Preakness Stakes Tickets for Sale
Each third Saturday of May, more than a hundred thousand people with Preakness Stakes tickets flood Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland to watch the second leg of the Triple Crown. The race sets a field of up to 14 three-year-old colts, geldings, and fillies against each other on a track 1-3/16 miles long. The winner is draped with a blanket of Black-eyed Susans (thus the "The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans") and, if the winner is the same as the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont Stakes is primed for a national frenzy.
Though many may associate the Kentucky Derby with the beginning of horse racing in America, the first running Preakness actual predates the derby by two years, first running in 1873. The race was named after the winning horse of the Dinner Party Stakes for the Pimlico Race Course's inaugural race on October 25, 1870. Since then, Preakness tickets have been a staple among horse racing enthusiasts.
Over time the course has changed business hands and racing lengths, but the most important change came in 1930 when the Triple Crown became an annual fixation for sports fans throughout the country. Preakness Stakes tickets have a pitched excitement, since it is second and thus the first chance to see of that year's Kentucky Derby-winning horse has a chance to make history.
The race is much more than just the second leg of a horse racing trilogy. It is also an event onto itself with years of traditions setting it apart from all other races. Before each race "Maryland, My Maryland" is sung by the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club, the winner is adorned with a blanket of Black-eyed Susans, and the winner's colors are painted on the cupola on top of the Old Clubhouse. Also the winning owner receives the Woodlawn Vase. Preakness tickets are obviously much more than simply another horse race and are on par with Kentucky Derby tickets.
In 2008, Big Brown collected his second leg of the Triple Crown with a time of 1:54:80. This year the field of horses is not yet set, but will assuredly be worth watching as the anticipation for the race and the Triple Crown reach a fevered pitch in May. OnlineSeats has those Preakness Stakes tickets for prices that are incredible deals and has an inventory of seats throughout the seating chart of for Pimlico Race Course.
The 134th running of the Preakness Stakes on May 16, 2009 ended in a victory for Rachel Alexandria. Rachel Alexandria finished the 1 length course in 1:55:08 and won the race by an incredible half a length. Jockey Calvin Borel and trainer Steve Asmussen took advantage of the fast track helped drive Rachel to earn $660,000 for the horse's owners. The Preakness Tickets ended up being for a very unsurprising day, as the horse that was supposed to win, won it all easily.
Mine That Bird came in second and earned $220,000 for his owner. Musket Man showed for $121,000, Flying Private came in fourth for $66,000, and Big Drama came in fifth for $33,000.
There were more than just a few races to enjoy though. ZZ Top, Buckcherry, and Charm City Devils performed in the infield. The racing organizers experimented with banning outside alcohol, a move some attribute to the down year in ticket sales, while the television ratings were the second best in the races history.
The 2010 Preakness Stakes will be run on the May 15, 2010. The field of horses has yet to be determined, but one thing is for certain, Pimlico Racing Course officials will not have a repeat of last year's attendance. News that the race will feature a $20 mug that can be bought and used for free refills at the race is sure to boost attendance. The mug is $20 if you purchase the mug before race day and $50 after entering with your Preakness tickets.