December 4, 2021

Preakness purse increased to $1.5 million

Last updated: 12/12/13 12:59 PM

The Maryland Jockey Club on Thursday announced it has increased the purse for
the Preakness Stakes from $1 million to $1.5 million. The middle jewel of
Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown will take place on May 17 at historic Pimlico
Race Course.

It is the first increase for the 1 3/16-mile classic since the purse was
raised to $1 million guaranteed in 1998. Throughout the years, the Preakness
purse has been among the highest in American racing.

“The Preakness Stakes is the centerpiece of a terrific stakes program that
weekend,” Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas said. “Seventeen of the 26
races on Preakness and Black-Eyed Susan days are stakes. With this increase the
total value of our stakes program over the two-day period is nearly $4 million.”

The May 16 card on Preakness eve features eight added-money races, headlined
by the $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and the $300,000 Pimlico Special.

The Preakness undercard features eight stakes races, including the $300,000
Dixie Stakes and three $150,000 stakes: the Maryland Sprint Handicap, the
Gallorette Handicap and Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes.

“I support the move,” Maryland Racing Commission chairman Bruce Quade said.
“It is another step in bringing Maryland racing back to a preeminent spot in the
racing landscape.”

At its inauguration in 1873, the Preakness carried a value of $1,000. The
first major increase occurred in 1919 when the race had a $25,000 value. It
climbed to $100,000 in 1946 and in 1959 was raised to $150,000, the highest
among Triple Crown races.

From 1979 to 1989, the purse rose four times from $200,000 to $500,000,
before attaining its present status of $1 million.

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