03/16/2016 3:09PM

15 stakes scheduled for Preakness weekend


The Pimlico meet will start later and end later this year than in 2015 and will have nine fewer racing days. The stakes schedule is different too but will offer the same 15 stakes as last year on its two main cards, Preakness Day and Black-Eyed Susan Day.

In 2015, Pimlico raced 37 days from April 2 to Belmont Stakes Day, June 6. This year, a 28-day meet will start May 12, the Thursday after the Kentucky Derby, and run through June 26.

Because of the date changes, four $100,000 stakes that were run at Pimlico in 2015 are being held at the tail end of the current Laurel Park meet – the Federico Tesio, Primonetta, Henry S. Clark, and Dahlia.

Two new stakes also have been added at Laurel, this Saturday's $75,000 Ben's Cat Stakes, a six-furlong sprint for Maryland-breds, and the $100,000 Weber City Miss Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies on April 9. The $75,000 Geisha Stakes that was held at Pimlico last year has been dropped.

Last year, 21 stakes worth a total of $4,225,000 were run at Pimlico. The 2016 meet will have 15 stakes worth $3.7 million.

The $1.5 million Preakness Stakes, a 1 3/16-mile race for 3-year-olds, will be run for the 141st time on May 21. There will be seven supporting stakes on the card, topped by the Grade 2, $250,000 Dixie; the Grade 3; $150,000 Maryland Sprint; and the Grade 3, $150,000 Gallorette.

The purse of the Dixie has been reduced $50,000 this year.

The other four Preakness Day stakes, each worth $100,000, are the Chick Lang, James W. Murphy, The Very One, and Sir Barton.

The Friday, May 20, card’s co-features are the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies, and the Grade 3, $300,000 Pimlico Special, a 1 3/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up.

The other five stakes on the card are the Grade 3, $150,000 Allaire duPont; the Grade 3, $150,000 Miss Preakness; the $100,000 Skipat, the $100,000 Hilltop, and the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint.

The winner of the Black-Eyed Susan will receive a free breeding to Ghostzapper, while the winner of the Miss Preakness will receive a breeding to Point of Entry. Both stallions stand at Adena Springs in Paris, Ky. Ghostzapper stands for $60,000. Point of Entry stands for $25,000.

Adena Springs is owned by Frank Stronach, whose company, The Stronach Group, owns the Maryland Jockey Club tracks of Pimlico and Laurel.

The only stakes of the Pimlico meet that will not run on either Preakness Day or Black-Eyed Susan Day is the $100,000 Stormy Blues on June 4.

2016 Pimlico stakes schedule

Fri., May 20 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) 3YO Fillies 1 1/8M $250,000
Fri., May 20 Pimlico Special (G3) 3YO & UP Open 1 3/16M $300,000
Fri., May 20 Miss Preakness (G3) 3YO Fillies 6F $150,000
Fri., May 20 Allaire DuPont Distaff (G3) 3YO & UP F&M 1 1/8M $150,000
Fri., May 20 Skipat Stakes  3YO & UP F&M 6F $100,000
Fri., May 20 Hilltop Stakes 3YO Open 1 1/16M (T) $100,000
Fri., May 20 Jim McKay Turf Sprint  3YO & UP Open 5F (T) $100,000
Sat., May 21 Preakness (G1) 3YO Open 1 3/16M $1.5 million
Sat., May 21 Dixie (G2) 3YO & UP Open 1 1/16M (T) $250,000
Sat., May 21 Maryland Sprint (G3) 3YO & UP Open 6F $150,000
Sat., May 21 Gallorette Stakes (G3) 3YO & UP F&M 1 1/16M (T) $150,000
Sat., May 21 Chick Lang Stakes 3YO Open 6F $100,000
Sat., May 21 James W. Murphy Stakes 3YO Open 1M (T) $100,000
Sat., May 21 The Very One 3YO & UP F&M 5F (T) $100,000
Sat., May 21 Sir Barton 3YO Open* 1 1/16M $100,000
Sat., June 4 Stormy Blues Stakes 3YO Fillies 5F (T) $100,000

*Non-winners of an open stakes