The 137th Preakness Stakes is set to take place this weekend at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md.
The one and a half mile race is the second jewel of the Triple Crown, coming each year after the Kentucky Derby and before the Belmont Stakes.
The competition was named after an American Thoroughbred called … Preakness, and was first held in 1873. As the horses are called to the post at Preakness, the audience sings “Maryland, My Maryland,” the official state song.
Last year's winner, Shackleford, won't be running this time, but this year's Kentucky Derby winner, I'll Have Another, will hope to have another. The competition will be thick though, with a stable of challengers that includes Went the Day Well, Zetterholm, Teeth of the Dog, Tiger Walk, and Daddy Nose Best. Of course, not all creatures who run at Pimlico are as elegant as the thoroughbreds.