Tomorrow, some of the country's finest thoroughbreds will compete for the second jewel in the Triple Crown at the 139th Preakness Stakes. Here's what you need to know to be a Preakness expert by post time:
The Race Course
The Preakness is held in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Pimlico Race Course. It is the second oldest racetrack in the country (Saratoga is the first), opening October 25th, 1870. The infield is known as "Old Hilltop", the incline offers a great view of the race track.
Pimlico even survived the anti-gambling movement of the early 1900s. While horse racing was banned throughout most of the nation, Maryland (and Kentucky) escaped the restriction.
The official flower of the Preakness is the Black-Eyed Susan. It became the state flower in 1918, matching the yellow and black colors that represent the state. It has thirteen petals, matching the thirteen original colonies.
The winning horse receives an oversize floral blanket. The first blanket was made in 1940, and worn by Colonel Edward R. Bradley's horse, Bimelech.