© Terry McNamee 2014
The Preakness Stakes is run two weeks after the Kentucky Derby, the first jewel in the Triple Crown, and three weeks before the third jewel, the Belmont Stakes. It is called the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans for the floral drape used to decorate the winning horse. The winner receives the Woodlawn Vase.
The first Preakness was held in May 1873 for 3-year-olds at 1-1/2 miles. Twelve thousand spectators watched Survivor win by 10 lengths. Over the years, the Preakness moved around to different tracks, but returned to Baltimore permanently in 1909. After being run at different distances, in 1925 it was set at 1-3/16 miles. The Preakness was not run in 1891, 1892 or 1893, but has been contested every year since.