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Preakness Stakes In the spring of 1873, two years before
the inaugural Kentucky Derby, the folks at Pimlico
were busy working on a new three-year old stakes
race of their own. Pimlico, which since its opening
in 1870 had conducted all of its racing in the fall,
ran its first Spring Meet in the year of 1873, with
the initial running of the Preakness held on May
23. The Preakness was founded by then-Maryland governor
Oden Bowie. Governor Bowie's term had actually ended
in 1872, yet that did not prevent him from naming
the then- mile and a half race in honor of the colt
who won the Dinner Party Stakes in 1870 on the occasion
of Pimlico's opening. At an 1868 Saratoga party
hosted by a Milton Sanford, Bowie guaranteed that
Maryland would have a track available for a race
that was later dubbed the Dinner Party Stakes and
had been instantly promoted by Bowie at the party
when he offered $15,000 as a purse--no small sum
at the time.
The Maryland Jockey Club negotiated for the land
that became known as Pimlico later that year; the
new course opened as promised on October 25, 1870.
Sanford, who had gained his wealth by selling blankets
during the Civil war, went after the $15,000 with
a colt of his own named Preakness, who won over
all the horses of the race, including one owned
by the governor which came in last. Nevertheless,
it was Bowie who named the eventual second jewel
of the Triple Crown. (The Dinner Party Stakes, later
changed to the Early Times Dixie, is now the eighth
oldest stakes race in America and still run annually
at Pimlico.) On May 23, 1873 the first edition of
the Preakness took place. Interestingly, the setting
was familiar to that of the inaugural Derby. The
crowds made it to the grounds by buggy carriage
and omnibus, although a projected horsecar line
from Baltimore and Pikesville was unfortunately
terminated two miles south of the track. Still,
some fans did arrive via the Northern Central Railroad
which brought spectators closer to the track--a
walk of only one uphill mile. The race itself claimed
seven contestants, with Survivor galloping to an
easy ten length victory, a margin of victory that
still stands as the largest in Preakness history.
After flourishing for almost two decades, the Maryland
Jockey Club ran into tough financial times after
the 1889 running. In 1890 the Preakness was run
at Morris Park in New York, and in 1891, 1892, and
1893 it wasn't run at all. From 1894 to 1908 the
Preakness was held at the Gravesend track in Brooklyn,
New York. Although the Maryland Jockey Club held
some steeplechase and trotting races at Pimlico,
the Preakness did not return to its Baltimore home
until 1909. It wasn't until 1948 that these fifteen
"lost races" were incorporated into the
official race history, with the 1890 running not
added until the 1960s. Nevertheless, ever since
the May 12, 1909 Preakness, won by Effendi, the
Preakness has been held at Pimlico every year. It
didn't take long for the Preakness to grow into
a force in horse racing: in 1918 26 horses were
entered, forcing the race to be run in two divisions.
The next year, a colt named Sir Barton became the
first Triple Crown winner. Man O'War, who skipped
his one chance at the Derby, helped establish the
Preakness into a "true American classic"
when he romped in the 1920 edition. The place of
the Preakness Stakes in the Triple Crown and American
sport is firm, with the race garnering nearly a
half million people in attendance over the last
The Weather Vane
The Kentucky Derby has "My Old Kentucky Home;"
the Preakness Stakes has "Maryland, My Maryland."
The Kentucky Derby has the blanket of roses; the
Preakness Stakes has the blanket of black-eyed susans.
But one thing the Preakness Stakes has that the
Derby does not is the famed and historic weather
vane, a Preakness tradition since 1909. Here, in
the words of the official Preakness site, is a description
of this tradition: "As soon as the Preakness
winner has been declared official, a painter climbs
a ladder to the top of a replica of the Old Clubhouse
cupola. He applies the colors of the victorious
owner's silks on the jockey and horse which are
part of the weather vane atop the infield structure."
Back in 1909 a horse and rider weather vane sat
at the top of the old Members' Clubhouse, which
was constructed at the opening of Pimlico in 1870.
That building was destroyed by fire in June 1966,
and a replica of the old building's cupola (a small
structure on top of a roof or building) was built
to stand in the Preakness winner's circle in the
Originally the building had an arrow-shaped weather
vane, but that one was destroyed by lightning in
1909. To replace it, the Maryland Jockey Club "commissioned
an ornamental iron worker to forge a vane in the
form of a horse and a rider. It was christened that
spring by coating it with the colors of the silks
borne by Effendi, winner of the 1909 Preakness."
When the old Members' Clubhouse burned down the
only thing saved was the iron weather vane, which
was then put away for safekeeping at Pimlico as
a memento. Since 1988 Lawrence Jones, who lives
in the Pimlico neighborhood, has had the job of
keeping the weather vane up-to-date. Past weather
vane painter Michael Willinger had this to say about
the famous contract work: "It is just the thrill
of being able to participate in a big local and
national event like this. Let's face it: it's the
only televised sign painting job in the country."
How true. How The Preakness Stakes Was Named.
Like a lot of names throughout America, the name
Preakness is derived from Native American culture.
A northern New Jersey band of Indians called the
Minisi labeled their area Pra-qua-les, meaning "quail
woods." After some inventive respellings, the
name evolved into Preakness. One variation of the
name was Preckiness, used by General George Washington
to describe where his troops were stationed during
the 1776-77 winter. Milton Sanford, who we saw earlier
in connection with the Dinner Party Stakes, called
his farms (he had one in New Jersey and one in Kentucky)
Preakness. Oddly enough, his New Jersey farm was
located in the Indians' "quail woods,"
and there remains today a Preakness, New Jersey.
Sanford, without much regard, purchased a yearling
that was bred in Kentucky's Woodburn Farm, the eighth
foal of a horse named Bay Leaf, for $2,000. He named
it Preakness. Needless to say, it was this horse
that as a three-year old went on to win the Dinner
Party Stakes at Pimlico's inaugural in 1870. That
was the horses only race of 1870, although he did
continue to race through his eight-year old season,
even winning races at that age. In 1873, the Maryland
Jockey Club honored him by calling its newest stakes
race "Preakness," while the Dinner Party
Stakes evolved into the present-day Dixie Handicap.
After his eighth year of racing Sanford sent Preakness
to England, where he was eventually purchased by
the Duke of Hamilton. Yet like most of us, Preakness
developed a temper in old age and became tough to
handle. But unlike most of us, Preakness was shot
and killed by his owner the Duke of Hamilton, who
apparently had also grown a tad irritable. So, the
legacy of Preakness is twofold: one, he supplied
the name for the second jewel of the Triple Crown,
and two, he touched off a reform in English law
which governed the handling of animals. What a champion.
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