The Preakness Stakes is held every year in mid-May, two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks before the Belmont Stakes. The race was inaugurated two years before the Derby in 1873 and named for the horse that won the Dinner Party Stakes on the day Pimlico opened. After moving around a bit and some stops and starts (it was run at Morris Park and Gravesend Race Track in New York for a time), the Preakness found its traditional place on the calendar in 1932 when it permanently became the second leg of the Triple Crown. Prior to 1932, it was run before the Kentucky Derby 11 times.
In 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic that postponed sporting events around the Globe, the race was moved back to the new date of Saturday 3 October.