Preakness Stakes

The Preakness Stakes is a Grade 1 stakes race held annually at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland and is run over a distance of 1 3/16 miles (9.5 furlongs).

The 2025 Preakness Stakes has a purse of $2,000,000 and will take place on Saturday, May 17, 2025.

Scroll down for details on this year's horses, odds, results and more.

Kyle French
By Kyle French
Preakness Stakes 2025
Seize The Grey won the 2024 Preakness Stakes (Getty Images)

Preakness Stakes Information

DateSaturday, 17 May 2025
Post TimeApprox. 6:50pm ET
RacetrackPimlico Race Course
Distance1 3/16 miles (9.5 furlongs)
Conditions3 Year Old Thoroughbreds + Set Weights
StatusGrade 1 Stakes
Track DirectionLeft-handed
Track SurfaceDirt
2024 WinnerSeize The Grey

Preakness Stakes History

The Preakness Stakes is a part of the Triple Crown, and takes place annually in mid-May at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. The race began in 1873, named after Preakness, the horse that won the Dinner Party Stakes in 1870, the year Pimlico opened.

The Preakness has a rich history, where traditions play a big part in the race's identity. The winner's blanket, made of flowers resembling black-eyed Susans (Maryland's state flower), and the painting of the winner's colors on the Pimlico weather vane are cherished rituals. These customs, along with the race's storied past, make the Preakness a highlight of the horse racing calendar.

The Preakness Stakes has undergone several changes throughout its history. For example, the race distance has varied: it started as a 1.5-mile contest but eventually settled into its current 1 3/16-mile length, making it the shortest race in the Triple Crown series.

Over the years, the Preakness has seen remarkable performances. Survivor won the first race by a record margin, a feat only surpassed over a century later by Smarty Jones in 2004. The race has also been a stage for African-American jockey George “Spider” Anderson's historic win in 1889.

In recent years, the Preakness Stakes has also faced challenges and adaptations due to various circumstances, including the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, which saw the race rescheduled to October and run without the usual crowds and festivities.

With its historical significance and esteem as the second jewel in the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes continues to be a major annual event for horse racing fans in the US and abroad.

Horses leaving the gates in the Preakness Stakes 2021
Horses leaving the gates in the Preakness Stakes 2021 (Getty Images)

Preakness Stakes Entries

View our horse racing entries section closer to the Preakness Stakes race day for details on each horse. 

Fan Odds provides morning line and current odds, along with insights on each horse's past performance.

Preakness Stakes Past Performances

View our free past performances section closer to the Preakness Stakes race day for detailed insights on each horse, including their win, place and show strike rate percentages.

Preakness Stakes 2025 Horses & Field

This year's Preakness Stakes horses, jockeys, trainers and field information will be provided below closer to the race:

In the meantime, check out the 2024 field information.

1MugatuJeff EnglerJoe Bravo1-
2Uncle HeavyJr Robert Reid,Irad Ortiz Jr2-
3Catching FreedomB CoxFlavien Prat3-
5Mystik DanKenneth McPeekBrian Jr Hernandez5-
6Seize The GreyD LukasJaime Torres6-
7Just SteelD LukasJoel Rosario7-
8Tuscan GoldChad BrownTyler Gaffalione8-
9ImaginationBob BaffertL Dettori9-
4MuthBob BaffertNon Runner98-

Preakness Stakes 2025 Favorites

This year's Preakness Stakes favorites will be listed below closer to the race.

Preakness Stakes 2025 Picks

Our top picks for the Preakness Stakes will be provided closer to the Preakness Stakes race day.

How To Bet On The Preakness Stakes

To start betting on the Preakness Stakes, follow these simple steps: 

Step 1: Choose a Racebook

Start by choosing an online racebook. We recommend TwinSpires but there are other legal and registered racebooks available like TVG and FanDuel.

Step 2: Sign Up 

Signing up with a racebook is easy: verify you're 18+, fill in your details, and you're set!

Step 3: Deposit Funds

After signing up with a racebook, add funds to your account using your card or an approved deposit method like PayPal. Remember to review the minimum deposit and any fees for your chosen deposit method.

Step 4: Place Your Bets 

With funds now in your account, you're ready to bet. To learn about the various Preakness Stakes bet types available, keep reading below.

Racegoers getting down and dirty at the 2018 Preakness Stakes
Racegoers getting down and dirty at the 2018 Preakness Stakes (Getty Images)

Bet Types For The Preakness Stakes

There are many ways to bet on the Preakness Stakes. You can place a bet to win or hedge your bets with an exacta, trifecta or superfecta.

You can split bet types for the Preakness Stakes into three different categories:

  • Straight Bets (Win, Place & Show)
  • Horizontal Bets (Parlay)
  • Vertical Bets (Exotic)

Straight Bets

Straight bets are straightforward and ideal for newcomers or more casual horse racing fans. 

Bet TypeExplanation
WinYour horse must win
PlaceYour horse must finish first or second
ShowYour horse must finish first, second or third

Horizontal Bets

Horizontal bets are parlay bets – to win, you must correctly select the winner of consecutive races.

Bet TypeExplanation
Daily DoubleSelect the winning horse, two races in a row 
Pick 3Select the winning horse, three races in a row
Pick 4Select the winning horse, four races in a row
Pick 5Select the winning horse, five races in a row
Pick 6Select the winning horse, six races in a row

Vertical Bets

Vertical bets are exotic bets – to win, you must correctly select the finishing order of multiple horses in a single race.

Bet TypeExplanation
QuinellaSelect the horses that finish first and second, in any order
ExactaSelect the horses that finish first and second, in the correct order
TrifectaSelect the horses that finish first, second and third, in the correct order
SuperfectaSelect the horses that finish first, second, third and fourth, in the correct order

Preakness Stakes Past Winners

See a list of past winners for the Preakness Stakes since the year 2000 below.

2024Seize The GreeyJaime TorresD. Wayne Lukas
2023National TreasureJohn VelazquezBob Baffert
2022Early VotingJose OrtizChad Brown
2021RombauerFlavien PratMichael McCarthy
2020Swiss SkydiverRobby AlbaradoKenny McPeek
2019War of WillTyler GaffalioneMark Casse
2018JustifyMike SmithBob Baffert
2017Cloud ComputingJavier CastellanoChad Brown
2016ExaggeratorKent DesormeauxJ. Keith Desormeaux
2015American PharoahVictor EspinozaBob Baffert
2014California ChromeVictor EspinozaArt Sherman
2013OxbowGary StevensD. W. Lukas
2012I'll Have AnotherMario GutierrezDoug O'Neill
2011ShacklefordJesus CastanonDale Romans
2010Lookin At LuckyMartin GarciaBob Baffert
2009Rachel AlexandraCalvin BorelSteve Asmussen
2008Big BrownKent DesormeauxRichard Dutrow, Jr.
2007CurlinRobby AlbaradoSteve Asmussen
2006BernadiniTom AlbertraniJavier Castellano
2005Afleet AlexJeremy RoseTim Ritchey
2004Smarty JonesStewart ElliottJohn Servis
2003Funny CideJose SantosBarclay Tagg
2002War EmblemVictor EspinozaBob Baffert
2001Point GivenGary StevensBob Baffert
2000Red BulletJerry BaileyJoe Orseno

Preakness Stakes 2024 Results

See the full list of results for the 2024 Preakness Stakes below.

Pos.Horse (Post Pos)TrainerJockeyWeightMarginOdds
Seize The Grey
6.Seize The Grey (6)
T: D. Lukas
J: J. Torres (126lbs)
D LukasJaime Torres126lbs-
Mystik Dan
5.Mystik Dan (5)
T: K. McPeek
J: B. Jr (126lbs)
Kenneth McPeekBrian Jr Hernandez126lbs-
Catching Freedom
3.Catching Freedom (3)
T: B. Cox
J: F. Prat (126lbs)
B CoxFlavien Prat126lbs-
Tuscan Gold
8.Tuscan Gold (8)
T: C. Brown
J: T. Gaffalione (126lbs)
Chad BrownTyler Gaffalione126lbs-
Just Steel
7.Just Steel (7)
T: D. Lukas
J: J. Rosario (126lbs)
D LukasJoel Rosario126lbs-
Uncle Heavy
2.Uncle Heavy (2)
T: J. Robert
J: I. Ortiz (126lbs)
Jr Robert Reid,Irad Ortiz Jr126lbs-
9.Imagination (9)
T: B. Baffert
J: L. Dettori (126lbs)
Bob BaffertL Dettori126lbs-
1.Mugatu (1)
T: J. Engler
J: J. Bravo (126lbs)
Jeff EnglerJoe Bravo126lbs-
4.Muth (98)
T: B. Baffert
J: N. Runner (126lbs)
Bob BaffertNon Runner126lbs-

Preakness Stakes 2024 Replay

See the full replay for the 2024 Preakness Stakes below.

How To Watch The Preakness Stakes

Racing fans wanting to watch the Preakness Stakes have several viewing options to choose from.

On Television

NBC broadcasts the Preakness Stakes, available to viewers with a basic television setup. This makes the race accessible to a wide audience.

Streaming Online

For those preferring to stream on a computer or mobile, NBC Sports and the NBC Sports app offer live coverage (iOS & Android). Peacock, NBC's streaming service will also have coverage of the race for a subscription fee.

Alternative Streaming Options

Streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and FuboTV include NBC in their offerings. These platforms may offer free trials, potentially allowing viewers to watch the race without additional costs.

For International Fans

Viewers outside the United States can use a VPN to access the Preakness Stakes broadcast. A VPN connection to a US server, enables race fans anywhere to subscribe to US-based streaming services like Peacock.

Exaggerator ended the Triple Crown hopes of Nyquist in the 2016 Preakness Stakes
Exaggerator ended the Triple Crown hopes of Nyquist in the 2016 Preakness Stakes (Getty Images)

Preakness Stakes FAQs

Where is the Preakness Stakes Held?

The Preakness Stakes is held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.


When is the Preakness Stakes 2025?

The Preakness Stakes race is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2025.

What Time is the Preakness Stakes?

The Preakness Stakes race time is scheduled for approximately 6:50pm ET.

How Long is the Preakness Stakes?

The Preakness Stakes is run over a distance of 1 3/16 miles.

How Many Horses are in the Preakness Stakes?

The Preakness Stakes field is limited to 14 horses.

What is the Purse for the Preakness Stakes?

This year’s Preakness Stakes purse is $2,000,000.

How Do You Bet on the Preakness Stakes?

To bet on the Preakness Stakes, simply choose a racebook, sign up, deposit your funds, and then place your bet once the deposit clears. For more details on bet types, see our Bet Types For The Preakness Stakes section above.

Who Won the Preakness Stakes in 2024?

Seize the Grey won the 2024 Preakness Stakes, giving trainer D. Wayne Lukas his seventh victory in the race. The horse was ridden by Jaime Torres.

Who Won the Preakness Stakes in 2023?

National Treasure won the Preakness Stakes in 2023. National Treasure was trained by Bob Baffert and jockeyed by John Velazquez.