The Maryland Jockey Club has announced its 12-day spring schedule at Pimlico Race Course, highlighted by the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes on May 19.
The meet, scheduled to kick off May 10 and end with a Memorial Day card on May 28, will feature 15 stakes races worth a combined $3.7 million in purses.
In addition to the Preakness, the May 19 card will feature the $250,000 Dixie Stakes and the $200,000 Chick Lang. The May 18 card will feature the traditional $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan for fillies and the $300,000 Pimlico Special.
Brief, 12-day meets have become the norm at Pimlico in recent years as the Jockey Club has shifted most of its operations to Laurel Park. Pimlico's future remains a hot topic in racing and political circles as the Maryland Stadium Authority studies the future viability of the dilapidated track. But for now, the Pimlico run retains its outsized importance to the Jockey Club's annual budget.
"The Preakness Meet at Pimlico is always very special, and this year we're looking forward to this boutique meet with many of the best horses, horsemen and jockeys in North America competing at our legendary site," said Jockey Club president Sal Sinatra in a statement.