Preakness Stakes 2024

Saturday, May 18, 2024 Pimlico

2024 Preakness Stakes Field

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Post Horse/ Best Beyer Trainer/ Jockey Track Odds Odds by David Aragona
1 Mugatu 87 Jeff Engler Joe Bravo 20-1 20-1
Trainer: Jeff Engler Jockey: Joe Bravo
Last Race: Blue Grass, KEE, 5th Owner: Average Joe Racing Stables, Ltd. and Wells, Dan Sire: Blofeld
BF: Longshot 12-start colt eligible to entry-level allowance, off board all three stakes starts, off board all three dirt starts.
DA: Was picking up pieces in fast-paced Blue Grass; none of his prior efforts suggest he possesses this kind of quality.
2 Uncle Heavy 84 Robert Reid, Jr. Irad Ortiz, Jr. 20-1 15-1
Trainer: Robert Reid, Jr. Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Last Race: Wood Memorial, AQU, 5th Owner: Michael Milam and LC Racing LLC Sire: Social Inclusion
BF: Wet-track G3 upset two back, training interrupted before finishing fifth in Wood Memorial, would move up on wet track.
DA: Got a decent trip from outside draw and just flattened out in the Wood against weaker; has to do better to beat these.
3 Catching Freedom 97 Keeneland Logo Brad Cox Flavien Prat 6-1 7-2
Trainer: Brad Cox Jockey: Flavien Prat
Last Race: Kentucky Derby, CD, 4th Owner: Albaugh Family Stables LLC Sire: Constitution
BF: Improved each subsequent start, Ky. Derby fourth-place finisher will be rolling late, uncertain if pace will be fast enough.
DA: DA: Mildly shuffled back early in Derby, but otherwise worked out good trip and ran well; might be able to sit closer this time.
4 Muth 98 Keeneland Logo Bob Baffert Juan Hernandez SCR
Trainer: Bob Baffert Jockey: Juan Hernandez
Last Race: Arkansas Derby, OP, 1st Owner: Zedan Racing Stables, Inc. Sire: Good Magic
BF: Vindication after CD ban, multi G1 winner already crushed Ky. Derby winner, enters fresh, pressing style suits pace.
DA: Tactical speed should ensure good trip, similar to Ark. Derby; has obvious merits, but perhaps getting a tad overhyped.
5 Mystik Dan 101 Ken McPeek Brian Hernandez, Jr. 5-2 9-5
Trainer: Ken McPeek Jockey: Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Last Race: Kentucky Derby, CD, 1st Owner: Gasaway, Lance, 4 G Racing, LLC, Hamby III, Daniel and Valley View Farm LLC Sire: Goldencents
BF: Ky. Derby winner with perfect trip following bad-trip OP loss to Muth, two-week turnaround for rematch vs. fresh rival.
DA: Saved ground, but sat pretty close to fast pace in the Derby, so it was a strong effort; can he repeat it on short rest?
6 Seize the Grey 88 D. Wayne Lukas Jaime Torres 15-1 12-1
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas Jockey: Jaime Torres
Last Race: Pat Day Mile, CD, 1st Owner: MyRacehorse Sire: Arrogate
BF: Career-best performance last time out shortening to one-turn G2, either getting better or preferred shorter trip or both.
DA: Didn't think much of that Pat Day Mile field going in, and even less coming out; needs to get faster stretching back out.
7 Just Steel 95 Keeneland Logo D. Wayne Lukas Joel Rosario 15-1 10-1
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas Jockey: Joel Rosario
Last Race: Kentucky Derby, CD, 17th Owner: BC Stables, LLC and Schmueckle, Henry Sire: Justify
BF: BF: Race flow was against Kentucky Derby pace-presser, merits longshot look pressing likely modest fractions Preakness.
DA: Pace was quick, but he quit very early in Derby; even if he bounces back to form, still has to turn the tables on Muth.
8 Tuscan Gold 95 Keeneland Logo Chad Brown Tyler Gaffalione 8-1 4-1
Trainer: Chad Brown Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
Last Race: Louisiana Derby, FG, 3rd Owner: Walmac Farm and Stonestreet Stables LLC, William Lawrence Sire: Medaglia d'Oro
BF: Lightly raced, third La. Derby, trainer won Preakness twice same pattern: skip Ky. Derby, fourth career start Preakness.
DA: Has similar look to Chad's prior winners; didn't see much excuse in La. Derby, but he has a right to keep progressing.
9 Imagination 96 Keeneland Logo Bob Baffert Frankie Dettori 6-1 7-2
Trainer: Bob Baffert Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Last Race: Santa Anita Derby, SA, 2nd Owner: SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Stonestreet Stables LLC Sire: Into Mischief
BF: Finished neck behind subsequent Ky. Derby seventh Stronghold; Muth scratch puts Imagination potentially loose on lead.
DA: Won't be surprised when he takes these a long way up front; just get the sense he's a cut below his stablemate.

All Top Preakness Stakes News

Lukas leaning toward running Seize the Grey in Belmont Stakes

David Grening May 19,2024
BALTIMORE - Seize the Grey came out of his front-running, Preakness upset victory Saturday “very well” trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Sunday morning, and will be considered for a start in the $2 mill

Preakness: Seize the Grey leads all the way; Mystik Dan second

David Grening May 18,2024
BALTIMORE - He may walk a little slower and with use of a cane, but the 88-year-old trainer D. Wayne Lukas, with the help of a 25-year-old accomplice in the saddle, pulled off a $2 million heist Satur

2024 Preakness: Official results, payouts, and order of finish

DRF Staff May 18,2024
Official results and payouts for the 149th running of the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes on May 18, 2024, at Pimlico. 1. (#6) Seize The Grey $21.60 $8.40 $4.40 2. (#5) Mystik Dan $4.20 $2.80

Preakness wagering rises from last year; full-card betting about even

Matt Hegarty May 18,2024
Total betting on Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore was up 6.7 percent compared to last year, when handle on the race suffered from a short field, according to charts of

Preakness 2024: Mystik Dan finds himself in unexpected role as favorite

David Grening May 16,2024
BALTIMORE – From hunter to hunter to hunted. Despite his narrow victory at 18-1 in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, Mystik Dan was likely going to play the underdog role again in Saturday’s 14

Preakness 2024: Lukas provides the jokes at Alibi Breakfast

David Grening May 16,2024
BALTIMORE – If this training thing doesn’t work out for D. Wayne Lukas, perhaps he’ll have a future in stand-up comedy. Lukas provided most of the comic relief at the annual Alibi Breakfast,

Preakness: Loyalty the key to McPeek-Hernandez partnership

David Grening May 16,2024
BALTIMORE – Kenny McPeek acknowledged that in his younger days as a trainer, he would get enamored chasing the big-name jockeys such as Pat Day or Jerry Bailey to ride for him. As time went on, M

It's the end of Pimlico as we know it, and the people feel fine

Matt Hegarty May 16,2024
Racegoers at Saturday’s Preakness Stakes in Baltimore will be the last to see the race conducted in front of the historic Pimlico grandstand and clubhouse. For nearly all of those witnesses, that

Muth to scratch from Preakness after spiking a fever

David Grening May 15,2024
BALTIMORE  – Bob Baffert looked at his phone shortly after 5 a.m. Pacific time Wednesday morning and saw an incoming call from his assistant Jimmy Barnes, who was across the country at Pimlico.

Preakness: Mystik Dan enjoys the calm in routine gallop

David Grening May 14,2024
BALTIMORE -- Mystik Dan took another leisurely stroll over the Pimlico main track Tuesday morning, galloping about 1 1/2 miles over a fast main track as preparations for Saturday’s $2 million Preakn

Preakness 2024: Muth made 8-5 morning-line favorite in field of nine

David Grening May 13,2024
BALTIMORE – Muth beat Mystik Dan by 6 1/4 lengths in the Arkansas Derby two months ago at Oaklawn Park, and though the latter has since come back to win the Kentucky Derby, Muth was installed as the

Catching Freedom definite for Preakness Stakes, Cox says

David Grening May 12,2024
Catching Freedom, the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby winner who finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby on May 4, will make his next start in Saturday’s $2 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, trainer Brad C

McPeek confirms Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan for Preakness

David Grening May 11,2024
Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan will run in the $2 million Preakness Stakes next Saturday at Pimlico, trainer Ken McPeek confirmed Saturday. Mystik Dan was scheduled to arrive at Pimlico by mid-af

Preakness: Muth, Imagination work in company; ship east on Tuesday

David Grening May 10,2024
Muth and Imagination, potentially the top two betting favorites for the $2 million Preakness Stakes on May 18, put in their final workouts for the race Friday at Santa Anita going six furlongs in comp

2024 Preakness Stakes: Tuscan Gold scratches out of Peter Pan to join field

David Grening May 09,2024
Tuscan Gold, the third-place finisher in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby, was to scratch from Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes at Aqueduct and will run in the $2 million Preakness Stakes on

Preakness: Mystik Dan jogs, gallops; Uncle Heavy, Mugatu join field

David Grening May 08,2024
Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan returned to the track Wednesday at Churchill Downs, jogging a mile and galloping a mile, but trainer Kenny McPeek reiterated his stance that he will wait several more

Preakness: Mugatu confirmed for race; Bravo has mount

David Grening May 07,2024
Mugatu, who entered the Kentucky Derby but failed to draw in from the also-eligible list, will make his next start in the $2 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 18, trainer Jeff Engler said Tue

Preakness: Baffert may have top two choices; field remains work in progress

David Grening May 06,2024
Bob Baffert wants the lead-up to the $2 million Preakness to be about Kenny McPeek, the trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan. “He’s the man of the hour and he should be,” said Baffert,

2024 Kentucky Derby: Winner Mystik Dan not definite for Preakness

David Grening May 05,2024
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Trainer Ken McPeek said Sunday morning that Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan is not definite to run in the $2 million Preakness Stakes on May 18 at Pimlico. After taking the tradi

Seize the Grey wins Pat Day Mile, punches ticket to Preakness

David Grening May 04,2024
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said he reverted back to his old coaching days this week when it came to getting jockey Jaime Torres to ride Seize the Grey the way he wanted in

Thorpedo Anna will be considered for Preakness, but Acorn seems more likely

Nicole Russo May 04,2024
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The top two finishers in the Kentucky Oaks, Thorpedo Anna and Just F Y I, emerged from their efforts in good order and could each wind up in some of the major Grade 1 races for the

Muth works five furlongs with eye on Preakness Stakes

Steve Andersen Apr 21,2024
ARCADIA, Calif. - Muth, a powerful winner of the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on March 30, and Imagination, second by a neck in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on April 6, worked at Santa Anit

Informed Patriot punches Preakness Stakes ticket with Bath House Row victory

Mary Rampellini Apr 20,2024
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Informed Patriot earned a berth into the Preakness Stakes on Saturday when he held off surging stablemate Imperial Gun for a head win in the $200,000 Bath House Row at Oaklawn Park

Informed Patriot, Imperial Gun go for Preakness berth in Bath House Row

Mary Rampellini Apr 18,2024
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – A berth into the Preakness Stakes will be on offer Saturday at Oaklawn Park in the $200,000 Bath House Row, which has drawn Triple Crown nominees Informed Patriot and Imperial Gu

Full field of 11 bid for Preakness berth in Tesio

Dan Illman Apr 18,2024
LAUREL, Md. – The gang’s all back together on Saturday at Laurel Park as the top-five finishers from last month’s Private Terms face off in the $125,000 Federico Tesio Stakes for 3-year-olds at

Hawthorne returns Saturday; Illinois Derby back as Preakness prep

Matt Hegarty Mar 20,2024
Win, place, and show bets at Hawthorne Race Course outside of Chicago will continue to have the lowest takeout rate in the country when the track opens its meet on Saturday with a nine-race card. T

Brown pointing Tuscan Gold to Preakness

David Grening Mar 29,2024
INDIANTOWN, Fla. – Trainer Chad Brown said Tuscan Gold, third in the March 24 Louisiana Derby, will be pointed to the Preakness on May 18, trainer Chad Brown. Tuscan Gold, who won his first two s

Seize the Grey has Preakness possibilities, Lukas says

Mary Rampellini Mar 10,2024
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas knows a Preakness prospect when he sees one as a six-time winner of the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, and he’s hoping Seize the Grey could develop into a cand

1/ST Racing announces owner bonus program for Preakness, California Crown, Pegasus World Cup

Steve Andersen Mar 01,2024
The parent company of Gulfstream Park, Pimlico, and Santa Anita - 1/ST Racing - announced on Friday a lucrative bonus program for owners that will begin this spring and link three major dirt and turf

Nysos made 4-1 top choice in first Preakness Future Wager pool

Matt Hegarty Feb 28,2024
Nysos, the undefeated 3-year-old colt trained by Bob Baffert, has been made the 4-1 morning-line favorite for the first Preakness Stakes Future Wager pool, which opens Thursday. Like other horses t
Preakness Stakes

The second jewel of the Triple Crown is the Preakness Stakes, run at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. The Grade 1 race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds is run over 1 3/16 miles and has a purse of $1.5 million. The Preakness is a proving ground for the Kentucky Derby winner, who tries to take the second leg and head into New York with a shot at the Triple Crown. But it is also a place where “fresh” horses that bypassed the Derby offer a new challenge. The Preakness is also only two weeks after the Derby, which is a turnaround most horses haven’t faced, and won’t ever again. Some of the best Preakness winners include horses that did go on to take the Triple Crown, such as Secretariat, Seattle Slew, and American Pharoah. It is a race that has been won by fillies - female horses - twice in the last 15 years: Swiss Skydiver and Rachel Alexandra. Trainer Bob Baffert is tied for the most wins in the Preakness with 1870s trainer R. Wyndham Walden; they each have seven. D. Wayne Lukas has six victories.

The horse who wins the Preakness receives a blanket of Black-Eyed Susans, the official flower of the Preakness Stakes and the state flower of Maryland. The flower also lends its name to the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes for top 3-year-old fillies, which is traditionally run the day before the Preakness. The official drink of the Preakness is also named the "Black-Eyed Susan", and features a combination of orange juice, sour mix, vodka and bourbon.

Recent Preakness Stakes Winners

Year Horse/Trainer Horse Trainer Beyer
D. Wayne Lukas
Seize the Grey D. Wayne Lukas 100
Bob Baffert
National Treasure Bob Baffert 98
Chad Brown
Early Voting Chad Brown 105
Michael McCarthy
Rombauer Michael McCarthy 102
Ken McPeek
Swiss Skydiver Ken McPeek 105
Mark Casse
War of Will Mark Casse 99
Bob Baffert
Justify Bob Baffert 97
Chad Brown
Cloud Computing Chad Brown 102
Keith Desormeaux
Exaggerator Keith Desormeaux 101
Bob Baffert
American Pharoah Bob Baffert 102
Art Sherman
California Chrome Art Sherman 105
D. Wayne Lukas
Oxbow D. Wayne Lukas 106
Preakness Stakes
Preakness FAQs
Q: Who is eligible to run?

The Preakness is open only to 3-year-olds who are nominated to the Triple Crown series.


Q: How many horses can start in the race?

Currently, a maximum of 14 horses can run in the Preakness.   The largest field was 26 horses (1918) and was run in two divisions, providing two Preakness winners that year and is the only edition of a Triple Crown series race to be split. 


Q: What is the largest margin of victory in the Preakness?

In 2004, Smarty Jones won the Preakness by 11 ½ lengths.


Q: What is the trophy for the Preakness Stakes?

The Woodlawn Vase, worth $1 million, is one of the most valuable trophies in all of American sports.  Designed in 1860 by Tiffany & Co., the Woodlawn Vase is on-site at the Preakness each year, though the owner of the winning horse keeps only a $30,000 replica.   Following the Preakness, the Woodlawn Vase returns to the Baltimore Museum of Art, where it remains on display all year.