It’s Preakness Week in Baltimore! We’ve got two historic stories about Pimlico Race Course and the Preakness Stakes as we shift focus from the Derby to the second leg of the Triple Crown at Old Hilltop.
Our Preakness Stakes story is about the race’s 1946 winner Assault, the “Little Chocolate Galloper” who proved to be “Murder, Inc.” on the race track and was the only Texas-bred to ever capture the Triple Crown. Read more about Assault here.
We’ve also got a story about Black jockey William Walker, who is immortalized aboard Hall of Fame inductee Ten Broeck in the stone sculpture of the 1877 “Great Race” that hangs over Pimlico’s clubhouse entrance. Walker is the same jockey memorialized by Churchill Downs’ William Walker Stakes, a race at 6 furlongs for 3-year-olds that is run during Derby Week. Read more about Walker, Ten Broeck and Pimlico here.