Pimlico Spring Meeting Begins Thursday

BALTIMORE, 04-01-14---Live racing in Maryland shifts to historic Pimlico Race Course Thursday, April 3 for the spring meeting. The headline event of the 35-day stand is the 139th running of the $1.5 million Preakness® Stakes (G1), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, on May 17.

Live racing takes place four days a week on a Thursday through Sunday schedule prior to Preakness and then Friday, Saturday and Sunday (plus Memorial Day). The meet will end on June 7, Belmont Stakes Day.

The opening day card features nine races, including the first two on the turf this year. First post is 1:10 p.m.

“There is a special feeling about Pimlico because of Preakness weekend but the entire meet is important to us,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “We are excited to use the new and improved turf course on opening day and throughout the meet. Grass racing usually means larger fields and improved handle.”

The marquee meet of the Maryland racing season will feature 25 stakes races for purses totaling $4,680,000.

Preakness day will have nine added money races, including four graded events. In addition to the Preakness, the card features the $400,000 Dixie Handicap (G2) and two Grade 3 races. 2014 Preakness InfieldFest will be headlined by Grammy winner Lorde. Additional information can be found on www.preakness.com.

The Preakness eve card features eight stakes races, headlined by the $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) and the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3). The Ultimate Girls Day Out also includes the $50,000 Xpressbet Hall of Fame Jockey Challenge and the fifth annual Lady Legends For the Cure Race™. Counting Crows and The Fray will headline an afternoon concert in the infield. Additional information can be found at www.blackeyedsusanday.com.

In addition, Pimlico will debut a $100,000 trainer bonus on Preakness weekend. Trainers will earn points based on finishes in 15 stakes races May 16-17.

•  May 16---Black-Eyed Susan (G2), Pimlico Special (G3), Miss Preakness, Jim McKay Turf Sprint, Hilltop, Skipat, Rollicking

•  May 17---Preakness (G1), Dixie (G2), Maryland Sprint (G3), Gallorette (G3), Chick Lang, James Murphy, Sir Barton, The Very One

Trainers will receive points for finishing first (10 points), second (7), third (5), fourth (3) and starting a horse (1 point) in each race.The winner will earn $50,000. Other prize money: $25,000 (second), $12,000 (third), $7,000 (fourth), $4,000 (fifth) and $2,000 (sixth). Trainers must have started five horses in the stakes combined to be eligible.

$50,000 GUARANTEE PLUS A TRIP TO PREAKNESS FOR JACKPOT PICK 5 WINNER

From April 3 through May 3, any single, unique 10-cent winning ticketholder in the Pimlico Players Jackpot Pick 5 will receive a minimum of $50,000 plus a trip for two to the 2014 Preakness with seats in the in the Turfside Terrace section.

The Pimlico Pick 5 is a jackpot wager that pays any carryover to a single, unique winning ticket.

  • 60% of the daily pool is paid to multiple winners or “best of fives”
  • 40% of the daily pool builds a jackpot carryover payable to a single, unique winning 10¢ ticket
  • Low 18% takeout
  • 10¢ minimum bet and ticket value
  • Late scratches are awarded post time favorites
  • A move from turf to dirt results in an “all”; a surface change in more than one leg results in a refund
  • Mandatory payout on Preakness Day (May 17)

SPRING PROMOTIONS

Thursday, April 3–Opening Day
Celebrate the return of live racing with free admission and a complimentary live program

Saturday, April 5–Opening Saturday
Apron BBQ, free Pimlico souvenir cup giveaway good for $3 domestic drafts for entire meet (excluding May 16-17) and chances to win upcoming Pimlico event tickets

Sunday, April 6–Chasin’ for Children
Kids compete on ponies in five events between races

Sunday Brunch–April 6-June 1
Old Hilltop’s famous brunch buffet with the exception of April 20 and May 18 when live racing does not occur

Saturday, April 12 & Sunday, April 13–Decanter Wine Festival
Fourth annual celebration of Maryland wine and Maryland racing. More info at www.decanterwinefestival.com

Saturday, May 3–Kentucky Derby Day
Party on the apron

Saturday, May 10–Canter for the Cure
Equine enthusiasts have an opportunity to ride their horses around the famed Pimlico main track

Sunday, May 11–Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch

Tuesday, May 13 through Friday, May 16–Sunrise at Old Hilltop
See the Preakness contenders prepare for the middle jewel of the Triple Crown as fans get the opportunity to watch morning workouts and tour the stable area. Admission is free for the 6-9 a.m. event

Saturday, May 31–Racing 101
An all-day fan education experience. Advance ticket purchase required

Saturday, June 7–Brew and Bourbon Classic
Beer tasting, bourbon sipping, music and live racing. More info at www.brewandbourbonclassic.com

Pimlico Live Racing Schedule

April 3-4-5-6
April 10-11-12-13
April 17-18-19 (no racing Easter Sunday)
April 24-25-26-27
May 1-2-3-4
May 8-9-10-11
May 15-16-17
May 23-24-25-26
May 30-31-June 1
June 6-7

2014 Spring Stakes Schedule

Date Track Stakes Grade Conditions Distance Purse
5-Apr Pimlico Dahlia   F& M 3 & UP 1 mile (T) 100,000
5-Apr   Mister Diz   3 & UP (MD-bred) 5 furlongs (T) 75,000
5-Apr   Twixt   3 YO Fillies (MD-bred) 1 1/16 mile  75,000
19-Apr   Federico Tesio   3 YO  1 1/16 mile 100,000
19-Apr   Henry Clark   3 & UP 1 mile (T) 100,000
19-Apr   Primonetta   F& M 3 & UP 6 furlongs 100,000
19-Apr   Stormy Blues   3 YO Fillies  5 furlongs (T) 100,000
26-Apr   Geisha    F& M 3 & UP (MD-bred) 1 1/16 mile  75,000
16-May   Black-Eyed Susan II 3 YO Fillies  1 1/8 mile 500,000
16-May   Pimlico Special III 3 & UP 1 3/16 mile 300,000
16-May   Miss Preakness   3 YO Fillies  6 furlongs 100,000
16-May   Jim McKay Turf Sprint   3 & UP 5 furlongs (T) 100,000
16-May   Hilltop    3 YO Fillies  1 1/16 mile (T) 100,000
16-May   Skipat   F& M 3 & UP 6 furlongs 100,000
16-May   Rollicking   2 YO 5 furlongs  75,000
16-May   Kattegat's Pride   F& M 3 & UP (MD-bred) 1 1/16 mile  40,000
17-May   Preakness I 3 YO  1 3/16 mile 1,500,000
17-May   Dixie II 3 & UP 1 1/16 mile (T) 400,000
17-May   Gallorette III F&M 3 & UP 1 1/16 mile (T) 150,000
17-May   Maryland Sprint III 3 & UP 6 furlongs 150,000
17-May   Chick Lang   3 YO 6 furlongs 100,000
17-May   James W. Murphy   3 YO 1 mile (T) 100,000
17-May   Sir Barton   3 YO  1 1/16 mile 100,000
17-May   The Very One   F& M 3 & UP 5 furlongs (T) 100,000
17-May   Deputed Testamony   3 & UP (MD-bred) 1 1/16 mile  40,000
          25 stakes 4,680,000

About Pimlico Race Course

Historic Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel in horse racing's famed Triple Crown, first opened its doors on October 25, 1870, and is the second oldest racetrack in the United States. Pimlico has played host to racing icons and Baltimoreans have seen the likes of legendary horses such as Man o’ War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Affirmed and Cigar thunder down the stretch in thrilling and memorable competition. For more information on Pimlico, visit www.pimlico.com.

Pimlico Race Course is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.