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Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore
(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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TripAdvisor
  • 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  • The whole inside area was very outdated and badly maintained.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 ...  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...  more »
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  • Went for the preakness, so it's kind of a mess, but some glaring problems are.... about zero signage when approaching, and horrible traffic direction from the police, so leave about 45 minutes earlier than you think. The staff, and I mean every last person, is completely clueless and not the least bit helpful in any kind of way. I walked around the entire facility at the direction of the staff before ending up at the same gate I originally went to because they kept sending me to different gates. No signage when you are inside, and ridiculously few locations for alcohol, food, etc considering there are like 50,000 people there. Also, the infield is all mud, so wear something you seriously do not care about.
  • 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!
  • 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. -
  • 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.
  • It is the Premier place for horse racing in Maryland is the home of the Preakness I have really good food and all the alcohol you would ever need