BALTIMORE, MD 12-16-2008 ---- The Maryland Jockey Club today unveiled the 2009 Preakness logo. The 134th running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, is set for Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Pimlico Race Course.
The whimsical appeal of the 2009 Preakness logo lay in its simple color palette, contrasting the traditional combination of yellow and black, so emblematic of the Preakness, and Maryland’s favorite bloom, the Black-Eyed Susan. The clean and fluid lines emphasize the graceful movement of thoroughbred racing, while showcasing the cherished and iconic symbols of Preakness: the historic Pimlico clubhouse cupola, a prominent Black-Eyed Susan flower and the classic horse and rider.
For the tenth consecutive year, the Leffler Agency of Baltimore and Tampa designed the official Preakness logo. Four times this decade their Preakness designs have won major national awards for the agency.
"We always try to portray the very strong event equity that the Preakness Stakes has built up over 133 previous runnings as well as its singular status as the only race in the country that is pivotal to a potential Triple Crown," says Bob Leffler, agency president/owner.
Premium tickets for Preakness weekend have been on sale since mid-October. Seating information and ticket reservation forms can be found on www.preakness.com. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Preakness sales office at 410-542-9400 or 877-206-8042, extension 300 or logging on to www.ticketmaster.com.
“The Preakness is the single biggest one day sporting event in the state of Maryland and we are proud to be part of one of racing’s best days,” said Maryland Jockey Club president and chief operating officer Tom Chuckas. “We are looking forward to yet another fantastic experience five months from today.”
Attendance figures on Preakness day have topped 100,000 in nine of the last 10 years, including eight consecutive.