Pimlico Race Course
5201 Park Heights Ave.
Baltimore, Maryland, 21215


Racing Dates: 2011-04-01 until 2011-05-21
Number of Racing Days: 19

RacetrackTrack Length: 1 Mile
Stretch Length: 1152 feet
Stretch Width:
Infield Capacity:
Clubhouse Capacity: 1269
Grand Stand Capacity: 11617
Parking Capacity: 7522
Price General Admission:
Price Clubhouse: $3.00
Price Turf Club:

Pimlico Race Course History

Engineered by General John Elliott, Pimlico Race Course first opened its doors on October 25, 1870. Constructed on 70 acres west of the Jones Falls, the Maryland Jockey Club purchased the land for $23,500, and built the racetrack for $25,000. The racetrack soon became affectionately known as “Old Hilltop”, after a small rise in the infield that became a favorite gathering place for trainers and race enthusiasts to view the contestants close-up, and vigorously cheer their favorites.

The ‘hill’ was removed in April 1938, for obscuring track-level vision of the racetrack backstretch, which appeared to pose a problem for movie and television cameras. Despite a brief gap from flat racing between 1889 and 1904, Pimlico has conducted racing each year since its revival in 1904.

More About Pimlico Race Course

Dirt track : Six-furlong and 1 1/4 mile chutes, 70 feet wide. Turf Course: 7/8 mile inside main track, Aluminum inner rail. Stable for 500 horses. Grandstand, Clubhouse, Sports Palace. Group Dining:

Stakes GradePurse Date
Preakness StakesI$1,000,000May 21
Federico Tesio$150,000April 18
Black-Eyed Susan StakesII$250,000May 15
Allaire duPont Distaff StakesII$150,000May 16
Dixie StakesII$150,000May 16
Gallorette HandicapIII$100,000May 16
Hirsch Jacobs StakesIII$100,000May 16
Maryland Sprint HandicapIII$100,000May 16
William Donald Schaefer Breeders Cup StakesIII$100,000May 16

How to get there:

From south of Baltimore, take 95 North to 695 West (Baltimore Beltway). Take Exit 18 East, Lochearn (Liberty Rd.) Make a left turn at the 7th traffic light, Northern Parkway. Make a right turn on Park Heights Ave., make a left turn on Hayward Ave. and proceed straight into the track. From north of Baltimore, take 95 South to 695 West (Baltimore Beltway.) Take exit 83 South and follow to Northern Parkway West and follow the signs.