After a one-year hiatus because of a lack of purse money, the Pimlico Special will return this year and be held May 16, on the same day as the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. I) and one day before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). In recent years the Pimlico Special, one of the top races for older horses, had been held one week before the Preakness.
"It always gets lost between the [Kentucky] Derby and Preakness," said Lou Raffetto Jr., chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club. "Black-Eyed Susan day is already a good day. Adding the Pimlico Special will make it a better day."
The purse for the Pimlico Special will be $600,000.