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.Using our world travel planner, Baltimore attractions like Pimlico Race Course can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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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Disclaimer: I have only attended Pimlico on Preakness and Black Eyed Susan days, both in 2019. Going to PIM was so much fun. It has been on my bucket list for years, and I finally made the trip in May... more »
First time in Baltimore and to the Preakness Stakes. First yes it is crowded and the traffic is slow getting in, but come on it is worth every bit of the hassle. We Parked in a private citizens yard, ... more »
This is a great venue! The area was as clean as expected, with plenty of room to walk around or sit if you wanted to. We went for the Moonrise Festival, and I was amazed at how many people were there as well as the size of the grounds.
Moonrise was awesome. The venue is alright. It was cool Moonrise pulled off a whole music festival at Pimlico.
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