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Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore

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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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  • June 28, 2017
    The venue has seen some years. I know that there is some controversy about the future of the Preakness Stakes at this venue, but it was a great crowd and a great day at the track for this big event. I...  more »
  • June 9, 2017
    I visited Pimlico Race Course and was very surprised at the run-down condition of the facility. The indoor betting counters and simulcast monitors areas were smothered in stale smoke from cigarettes a...  more »
  • June 8, 2017
    We had only been to a track once before and went to Pimlico with two friends from Chicago who are horse race fans. We went on Memorial Day (one week after the Preakness) for the last day of live racin...  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    Clean with a excellent track and superb race visuals and commentary. As well great customer service and atmosphere!
  • June 27, 2017
    Omg! What an amazing time! We come every year for the Preakness from California. The staff was every friendly and helpful. Great experience!!
  • June 23, 2017
    History have a great apartment and Aurora parking area for car and good security and Carroll all around from one corner to the other protection
  • May 30, 2017
    The price for Preakness day was raised to $40, special drinks were $12 each, there was a tent all along the upper part of rail blocking the view of half the stretch for many people, TVs were ALL the old 12 inch fuzzy picture type, the infield toteboard was blocked by tents and any tvs were too small to see the odds. I added an extra star because there was ample seating in the shade
  • July 7, 2017
    Went to the 2017 Preakness here and the crowd and atmosphere was awesome. Drinks and food were a bit overpriced but worth it to attend the race.

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