Preakness week is underway, and entries prepare for the 16 stakes races that will take place over the span of Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 at Pimlico Race Course, highlighted by the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes-G1 on Saturday. There are 23 Maryland-breds entered in 13 of the 16 stakes.
Friday, May 17:
$250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes-G2: For fillies, three-years-old. One and one-eighth miles.
Las Setas, the daughter of the late Maryland stallion Seville (Ger) out of Tanca, thus a half-sister to Cordmaker, looks to remain undefeated this year and get her fourth stakes win in a row.
$300,000 Pimlico Special-G3: Three-years-old and upward. One and one-fourth miles.
Cordmaker, a son of Curlin and half-brother to Las Setas, has won his last two starts, including the Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes. Not For Love’s son Clubman got his first stakes win last out on Charles Town Classic day.
$150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes-G3: For fillies and mares, three-years-old and upward. One and one-eighth miles.
Another Broad, a 4-year-old daughter of Maryland-bred Horse of the Year Include, recently won the Top Flight Invitational Stakes at Aqueduct.
$150,000 Adena Springs Miss Preakness Stakes-G3: For fillies, three-years-old. Six furlongs.
Undefeated Never Enough Time will make her stakes debut, following wins on March 3 and on April 14 at Laurel Park.
$100,000 Hilltop Stakes: For fillies, three-years-old. One mile on the turf.
Introduced, a stakes-placed daughter of the late El Padrino, has never been worse than second in four starts and makes her 2019 stakes debut. Who U Gonna Call is a daughter of Maryland’s top sire in 2019, Friesan Fire.
$100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes: Three-year-olds and upward. Five furlongs on the turf.
Tempt Me Twice, a half-brother to Maryland-bred champion turf runner Phlash Phelps, makes his stakes debut at age 7 in his 28th-career start. Stakes-placed Oldies But Goodies, by Maclean’s Music, will make his 4-year-old debut following his third place finish in the City of Laurel Stakes last year at Laurel Park.
$100,000 Skipat Stakes: For fillies and mares, 3-years-old and upward. Six furlongs.
Hailey’s Flip is seeking her first stakes win since 2017. Phantom Shot is making her 2019 stakes debut. To read more about the field, click here
Saturday, May 18:
$1,500,000 Preakness Stakes-G1: Three-years-old and upward. One and three-sixteenths miles.
Alwaysmining is seeking to add to his six-race winning streak and become the first Maryland-bred to win the Preakness since Deputed Testamony in 1983.
$250,000 Dixie Stakes-G2: Three-years-old. One and one-sixteenth miles on the turf.
Two Maryland-bred champion turf runners are set to line up: Graded stakes winner Just Howard, the 2017 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year seeking his first stakes win since capturing the Commonwealth Derby at Laurel Park in September of his championship season, and 2015 champion and four-time stakes winner Phlash Phelps, the 8-year-old son of Great Notion. O Dionysus is a multiple stakes-winning son of 2012 Preakness runner-up Bodemeister, sire of Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming.
All three horses recently competed in the Henry S. Clark Stakes at Laurel Park on April 20, with O Dionysus finishing third, Just Howard fourth, and Phlash Phelps fifth.
$200,000 Chick Lang Stakes-G3: Three-years-old. Six furlongs.
Confessor, a son of Country Life Farm stallion Freedom Child, looks for his third straight win in his stakes debut.
$150,000 Maryland Sprint Stakes-G3: Three-years-old and upward. Six furlongs.
Great Notion’s graded stakes-placed son Lewisfield recently finished second in the Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes after capturing his second consecutive Not For Love Stakes. Parade of Nations, a 5-year-old son of Cal Nation, will be making his stakes debut in his 25th start.
$100,000 Sir Barton Stakes: Three-years-old. One and one-sixteenth miles.
Trifor Gold, a son of the late Maryland sire Tritap, recently finished second in the Federico Tesio Stakes to Preakness hopeful Alwaysmining. Pretty Good Year, a son of three-time Maryland Stallion of the Year Great Notion, and Top Line Growth, by Tapizar, will be making their stakes debuts. V.I.P. Ticket has finished in the top three in all six of his 2019 starts and makes his first stakes start of the year.
$100,000 Searching Stakes: For fillies and mares, three-years-old and upward. One and a half miles on the turf.
Peach of a Gal, a 4-year-old daughter of Great Notion kicked off the year with a third in a graded stakes at Gulfstream Park.