Pimlico racecourse, based in Baltimore in the State of Maryland has a history that dates back to 1870. It first hosted the Preakness Stakes in 1873. See Preakness Stakes history for more. It is the second oldest racecourse in the USA behind Saratoga.
The racecourse was the venue for when the famous Sea Biscuit defeated War Admiral in 1938, that subsequently became a very famous film.
There are two racing tracks on the course, a one mile loam dirt oval and a seven furlong long turf oval which was installed at the course in 1954.. The course crowd capacity is just over 110,000, including, all enclosures, suites, Grandstand standing areas and infield standing. The course however has been known to exceed this on Preakness Stakes day.
There is stabling for 500 horses, plus tack, feed rooms and quarters. The course covers a total area of 140 acres and since 2007 has been in the ownership of Magna Entertainment Corporation
Pimlico's seasonal opening day usually takes place on the third Saturday in April and the season runs for the rest of the year. In addition to the Preakness Stakes, the course hosts the very popular Grade Two, Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and the Grade Two, Dixie Stakes, which has been running since the opening of the course in 1873.
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