This year's Preakness Stakes has a couple of leaders at the front of the pack and then several other horses that seem to be in a large group that are drawing some long odds. Classic Empire is one of the 2017 Preakness Stakes Contenders. The 142nd Preakness Stakes will begin at 6:48 p.m. EST Saturday from Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland.
Trainer: Mark Casse
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Morning Line Odds: 3-1
Current Odds: 2-1
Post Position: 5th post
Kentucky Derby Finish: Fourth place
Always Dreaming is the favorite to win the race, based on it being the second leg of the Triple Crown. The "Run for the Black-Eyed Susans" is held on the third Saturday in May and is only trumped by the Kentucky Derby in attendance for North American stakes races. The 142nd Preakness Stakes is scheduled to take place on May 20, 2017 at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland.
Preakness Facts: Opening day at Pimlico Race Course in 1870 featured the Dinner Party Stakes that was won by a horse named Preakness. In the racetrack's spring meet of 1873, the 3-year-old stakes race was named after him and the rest is history. The first official Preakness was won by Survivor with a 10 length cushion between him and second place. This record win was not topped until 2004 when Smarty Jones took home the title by an amazing 11 lengths.
Triple Crown Winners (Official List): Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978) and American Pharoah (2015).
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