Friday is Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore, home of the Preakness Stakes.
The state of Maryland’s official flower, the Black—Eyed Susan, is also the name of the alcoholic drink traditionally associated with the Preakness States, the second jewel in horseracing’s Triple Crown.
Locally, WBAL(AM), Baltimore is covering the race. WBAL’s Scott Wykoff has written extensively about events leading up to the race in his blog.
Nationally, the Horse Racing Radio Network returns to Pimlico for the seventh year with coverage of the 139th Preakness Stakes.
The WBAL(AM) van parked at the Preakness Barn.
Coverage begins Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and returns Saturday morning; the actual Preakness race coverage begins at 5 p.m.
The HRRN has 130 radio affiliates that will carry race coverage from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. HRRN coverage also airs on SiriusXM and is streamed at the website.
Pimlico Race Course is second oldest racetrack in the nation behind Saratoga, and opened in 1870. Pimlico has hosted many racing icons, legendary horses such as Man o’ War, Seabiscuit, War Admiral, Citation and Secretariat.
The Preakness is 1 3/16 miles, or 9 1/2 furlongs, compared to the Kentucky Derby, which is 1 1/4 miles. It is followed by the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, which is 1 1/2 miles. Since 1932, the order of Triple Crown races has the Kentucky Derby first, followed by the Preakness Stakes and then the Belmont Stakes.