The Preakness Stakes is nestled in between the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. It forms the middle race in America’s world-famous Triple Crown series. It’s one of the most popular horse races in America as a result, routinely drawing crowds of well over 100,000 people. This is only narrowly eclipsed by the Kentucky Derby, perhaps the only race that has more recognition.
The Preakness Stakes has played host to some of the most exciting horse races since its inception in 1871. “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans,” as it is known, never fails to disappoint fans. (The race’s designation as “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” comes from the state’s official flower, as well as serving as a nod to the Kentucky Derby’s designation as “The Run for the Roses.”) If you are even moderately interested in horse racing, the Preakness is a must-see.
Like the other Triple Crown races, the Preakness Stakes is steeped in its own traditions and customs. Since it is held in Baltimore, Maryland, each race is preceded by a singing of the state’s official song, “Maryland, My Maryland.” And, whenever a horse wins a race, the Old Clubhouse has the colors of the winning team’s banner added to it, serving as an immortalization of their victory.
The Preakness Stakes is the race that fuels interest in the possibility that a Triple Crown winner could occur that year. If the winner of the Preakness Stakes also won the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont Stakes will become REALLY exciting—only then will that horse have an actual shot at winning the coveted Triple Crown. Laying the foundation for what’s to come, if you have your eye on the Triple Crown, don’t ignore the Preakness Stakes!
As you might already know, the 144th Preakness Stakes was won by none other than War of Will at the Pimlico Race Course. While there was a bit of controversy surrounding his finishing time, these concerns were quickly put to rest. War of Will represents the first win in this race for jockey Mark Casse, with it being yet another accolade to add to his ever-growing trophy cabinet.
Notably, War of Will was not eligible to win the Triple Crown. This is due to the fact that the winner of the Kentucky Derby, Country Horse, decided not to participate in the race. In that race, War of Will was bumped from eighth to seventh place after the horse ahead of him was disqualified. It’s safe to say that all this moving and shaking stopped any potential Triple Crown winner, which was certainly disappointing.
As War of Will’s win shows, the Preakness Stakes guarantees players plenty of action and sometimes even a dash of controversy. Thankfully, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever see as much controversy at the Preakness Stakes as we did at the Kentucky Derby this year, but that’s a story for another day. Overall, War of Will was a deserving winner and it was a shame that the Triple Crown title was just out of reach for this fine horse.
|Finish Position||Horse||Jockey||Morning Line Odds||Final Odds||Winnings|
|1st||War of Will||Tyler Gaffalione||4-1||6.1||$990,000|
|4th||Warrior’s Charge||Javier Castellano||12-1||12.6||$99,000|
|5th||Laughing Fox||Ricardo Santana Jr.||20-1||21.6||$49,500|
|6th||Improbable||Mike E. Smith||5-2||2.5|
|7th||Win Win Win||Julian Pimentel||15-1||13.8|
|8th||Bourbon War||Irad Ortiz Jr.||12-1||5.6|
|9th||Signalman||Brian Hernandez Jr.||30-1||20.7|
|12th||Market King||Jon Court||30-1||31.9|
|DNF||Bodexpress||John R. Velazquez||20-1||20.1|
Before you watch a race that’s of the caliber of the Preakness Stakes, you don’t want to forget to place your bets. The Preakness Stakes operates like any other horse race—your payout will depend on the odds of the horse and the size of your bet. If you’re unfamiliar or uncomfortable with how the whole process works, we’ve got your back. We’ve done the majority of the legwork for you, and using the most recent results, we’re looking at the potential payouts that could be on the table during the Preakness Stakes 2020.
All you have to do is look at our handy chart and place your bets. We suggest picking the one with the best odds—or the one your gut tells you to go with. In any case, this table should help you get the most bang for your buck at the bookies.
|1||War of Will||$14.20||$7.40||$5.40|
The very first Preakness Stakes did not disappoint. In 1873, the horse Survivor managed to win by a staggering 10-length margin, a record that remained unsurpassed for an astounding 131 years. It wasn’t until 2004 that the horse Smarty Jones beat that by an 11.5-length margin. Such victories are as rare as they are extraordinary; 2019’s victor, War of Will, only managed a margin of victory of 1.25 lengths over the runner-up, which speaks volumes about the impressive nature of Smarty Jones and Survivor’s victories.
Veterans of horse racing will undoubtedly remember the spectacular run Secretariat had way back in 1973. The Triple Crown winner set an all-time record of 1:53 at the Preakness Stakes, a record that has never been topped. Notably, this time was only certified in 2012 following controversy over the integrity of the timers used. Following a period of recalibration and back calculation, the official time was established. As for the most accomplished jockey, that honor belongs to Eddie Arcaro, who managed to snag a grand total of six wins during the 1940s and 1950s.
The table below contains the names and finish times of other notable winners over the nearly 150-year history of the Preakness Stakes.
|2019||War of Will||Tyler Gaffalione||1:54.34|
|2017||Cloud Computing||Javier Castellano||1:55.98|
|2015||American Pharoah||Victor Espinoza||1:58.46|
|2014||California Chrome||Victor Espinoza||1:54.84|
|2012||I'll Have Another||Mario Gutierrez||1:55.94|
|2010||Lookin At Lucky||Martin Garcia||1:55.47|
|2009||Rachel Alexandra||Calvin Borel||1:55.08|
|2008||Big Brown||Kent Desormeaux||1:54.86|
|2005||Afleet Alex||Jeremy Rose||1:55.04|
|2004||Smarty Jones||Stewart Elliott||1:55.59|
|2003||Funny Cide||Jose Santos||1:55.61|
|2002||War Emblem||Victor Espinoza||1:56.40|
|2001||Point Given||Gary Stevens||1:55.40|
|2000||Red Bullet||Jerry Bailey||1:56.00|
|1998||Real Quiet||Kent Desormeaux||1:54.60|
|1997||Silver Charm||Gary Stevens||1:54.80|
|1996||Louis Quatorze||Pat Day||1:53.40|
|1995||Timber Country||Pat Day||1:54.40|
|1994||Tabasco Cat||Pat Day||1:56.40|
|1993||Prairie Bayou||Mike Smith||1:56.60|
|1992||Pine Bluff||Chris McCarron||1:55.60|
|1990||Summer Squall||Pat Day||1:53.60|
|1989||Sunday Silence||Pat Valenzuela||1:53.80|
|1988||Risen Star||Ed Delahoussaye||1:56.20|
|1986||Snow Chief||Alex Solis||1:54.80|
|1985||Tank's Prospect||Pat Day||1:53.40|
|1984||Gate Dancer||Angel Cordero||1:53.60|
|1983||Deputed Testamony||Donnie Miller Jr.||1:55.40|
|1982||Aloma's Ruler||Jack Kaenel||1:55.40|
|1981||Pleasant Colony||Jorge Velasquez||1:54.60|
|1979||Spectacular Bid||Ronnie Franklin||1:54.20|
|1977||Seattle Slew||Jean Cruguet||1:54.40|
|1975||Master Derby||Darrel McHargue||1:56.40|
|1974||Little Current||Miguel A. Rivera||1:54.60|
|1972||Bee Bee Bee||Eldon Nelson||1:55.60|
|1971||Canonero II||Gustavo Avila||1:54.00|
|1969||Majestic Prince||Bill Hartack||1:55.60|
|1968||Forward Pass||Ismael Valenzuela||1:56.80|
|1966||Kauai King||Don Brumfield||1:55.40|
|1965||Tom Rolfe||Ron Turcotte||1:56.20|
|1964||Northern Dancer||Bill Hartack||1:56.80|
|1963||Candy Spots||Bill Shoemaker||1:56.20|
|1962||Greek Money||John L. Rotz||1:56.20|
|1961||Carry Back||Johnny Sellers||1:57.60|
|1960||Bally Ache||Bobby Ussery||1:57.60|
|1959||Royal Orbit||William Harmatz||1:57.00|
|1958||Tim Tam||Ismael Valenzuela||1:57.20|
|1957||Bold Ruler||Eddie Arcaro||1:56.20|
|1954||Hasty Road||John H. Adams||1:57.40|
|1953||Native Dancer||Eric Guerin||1:57.80|
|1952||Blue Man||Conn McCreary||1:57.40|
|1950||Hill Prince||Eddie Arcaro||1:59.20|
|1945||Polynesian||Wayne D. Wright||1:58.80|
|1943||Count Fleet||Johnny Longden||1:57.40|
|1940||Bimelech||Fred A. Smith||1:58.60|
|1937||War Admiral||Charley Kurtsinger||1:58.40|
|1936||Bold Venture||George Woolf||1:59.00|
|1934||High Quest||Robert Jones||1:58.20|
|1933||Head Play||Charley Kurtsinger||2:02.00|
|1932||Burgoo King||Eugene James||1:59.80|
|1930||Gallant Fox||Earl Sande||2:00.60|
|1929||Dr. Freeland||Louis Schaefer||2:01.60|
|1924||Nellie Morse||John Merimee||1:57.20|
|1920||Man o' War||Clarence Kummer||1:51.60|
|1919||Sir Barton||Johnny Loftus||1:53.00|
|1918||War Cloud||Johnny Loftus||1:53.60|
|1918||Jack Hare, Jr.||Charles Peak||1:53.40|
|1915||Rhine Maiden||Douglas Hoffman||1:58.00|
|1912||Colonel Holloway||Clarence Turner||1:56.60|
|1908||Royal Tourist||Eddie Dugan||1:46.40|
|1907||Don Enrique||George Mountain||1:45.40|
|1904||Bryn Mawr||Gene Hildebrand||1:44.20|
|1902||Old England||Lee Jackson||1:45.80|
|1901||The Parader||Frank Landry||1:47.20|
|1899||Half Time||Richard Clawson||1:47.00|
|1898||Sly Fox||Willie Simms||1:49.75|
|1897||Paul Kauvar||T. Thorpe||1:51.25|
|1886||The Bard||S. Fisher||2:45.00|
|1884||Knight of Ellerslie||S. Fisher||2:39.50|
|1878||Duke of Magenta||Cyrus Holloway||2:41.75|
|1875||Tom Ochiltree||Lloyd Hughes||2:43.50|
It might be slightly overshadowed by the Kentucky Derby, but then what horse race in America isn’t? That said, there is no denying that there is still plenty of power to be found at the Preakness Stakes every year.
In 2019, War of Will got over the line first amidst plenty of competition. Meanwhile, the 2020 race is set to be just as fierce, as plenty of horses and jockeys are intent on being the next Triple Crown winner, winning the Preakness Stakes along the way.
Before you throw down a wager on the Preakness Stakes 2020, make sure you check out all the latest information on the build-up to the big race right here!