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Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore

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2.3/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web
Pimlico Race Course is a racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland, most famous for hosting the Preakness Stakes. Its name is derived from the 1660s when English settlers called the area where the facility currently stands in honor of Olde Ben Pimlico's Tavern in London. The racetrack is nicknamed "Old Hilltop" after a small rise in the infield that became a favorite gathering place for thoroughbred trainers and race enthusiasts.

Pimlico officially opened in the fall of 1870, with the colt Preakness winning the first running of the Dinner Party Stakes. Three years later the horse would have the 1873 Preakness Stakes named in his honor. The track is also noted as the home for the match race in which Seabiscuit beat War Admiral in the second Pimlico Special, on November 1, 1938, before a crowd of 43,000.
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  • Very Interesting place to visit. Had a chance to see the Preakness Stakes here many years ago. Well worth going to. 
  • The whole inside area was very outdated and badly maintained. The track was in a sketchy area that made me nervous to drive through. The only plus is that the employees were pretty nice and there was ...  read more »
  • If you like racing and you can get to Pimlico, then go. A historic track, home to the Preakness. There are other dates for live racing. The track does need a little work but if you're winning money do...  read more »
  • If I could give this place negative stars I would. Went there for the Preakness Stakes. Don't buy into the nostalgia. Don't believe the hype. WAY overpriced everything. Paid $133/ticket for grandstand seats and felt totally ripped off. Dingy, dark, with the smell of barf, smoke, and urine everywhere. Paid $90... yes $90... to park in their least expensive parking lot and they literally had the lot full and closed when we arrived. What a rip off. They charged more than NFL prices for concessions, and I'm sure that county public health office would have had a field day on an inspection. Save yourself the heartache. Watch the Preakness on TV from the comfort of your own home. This place STINKS. -
  • Went to the Preakness. Horrid. Dead-drunk degenerate lecherous old (and young) locals run the place. Will molest and violate any and all women, pick-pocket and outright steal anything not locked down - including your left-over lunch and the Rubbermaid box you brought it in (do NOT buy food here). Will also block your view because they didn't buy seats - and if you stand to see, will steal your seats! They pay no mind to no-smoking signs, drop lit cigarettes on dry plywood floors, and can barely maneuver up a couple of steps. They piss themselves and then stand before you proudly wobbling and yelling unintelligibly. They grope each other and themselves in front of your children - and if you're not careful, you. Young ladies need protection from their gentleman escorts - who all walked around with a look of mixed terror and disgust. They were clearly of my same mind. There is no one working "security" or doing anything else to whom a complaint can be made. (Think the very opposite of the Derby.) Don't use the toilets - even the ones for VIPs are disgusting. "Attendants" will provide you with a little toilet paper and paper towel before you go in and tell you not to use too much water to wash up with. OMG. Don't buy the drinks - they're watered down and over-priced - and not very good anyway - and certainly not "historic". Why not do as the locals do and bring in your own drinks disguised as 2L soda bottles?! The plywood making up the place is rotting away so you can see the sand beneath. Be careful not to get your shoe, trouser leg, or skirt hem hooked on any splinters. We had row B Concourse seats - row A has long since disappeared - no doubt due to dry rot. Parking is also a nightmare: while they have a few folks telling where you can park as you come in, there is NO ONE there when it's time to leave so it's survival of the fittest at that point. The police showed up a couple of hours after the races ended to keep traffic moving on the side streets. The track doctor euthanized Pramedya due to a broken cannon bone - which is often a break that can be healed. I'm not saying that he isn't trustworthy but with all the other practices at this course, I wouldn't balk at the idea that he just couldn't be bothered. I'm attending all three "Crown" races this year but never will again. I'll stick to my local Queen's Plate in future. Maybe go to the odd Derby (there, even the cheap seats are classy and the fans friendly.) The idea of attending the Preakness at Pimlico gives me nightmares. Frank Stronach, take the Preakness to Laurel Park. PLEASE! I thought I was against this but not now. It needs to be taken away from this Baltimore dump - even temporarily (if you want to knock this down and rebuild - and charge prices that will keep the most abhorrent locals away on Preakness Day - or at least put them on their best - albeit likely still inappropriate - behavior). I didn't want to give any stars - in fact, I wanted some back to make this negative 5 stars but I can't do that. This was the worst experience of my life - and that's saying something.
  • Well, two horses died, but aside from those regrettable happenings, the 141st Preakness was good. Grandstand this year versus infield. Avoid the black eyed susan drinks, they aren't historic, just a marketing ploy. Food in the clubhouse was subpar even for stadium food, so bring your own. I really want to like this, but it's been so hard to do so.
  • Went here for Moonrise Festival 2016. The staff is very friendly as long as you have the credentials to get in and it was pretty clean (at the beginning of the festival). Streets around the venue are hard to get around when there are tons of people coming and leaving the area. One thing they could have used more of was crossing guard but that may have been the events fault!
  • Preakness! The muddy mess we all love
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