The Preakness Stakes is the middle race of the Triple Crown. It is the shortest in distance at 1 3/16 miles (nine-and-a-half furlongs). The race has been held 143 times entering 2019 and takes place at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.
The race is held two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three ahead of the Belmont Stakes. With a total prize fund of $1.5 million and just over $900,000 going to the winning horse, the potential winnings are considerably lower than at the Kentucky Derby.
As soon as the winner of the race is officially declared, a painter climbs to the top of a replica of the Old Clubhouse cupola and paints the colors of the victorious owner's silks onto the jockey and horse that are part of the structure's weather vane.
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