THE PREAKNESS STAKES
135th running of THE PREAKNESS STAKES®
$1,000,000 GUARANTEED (GRADE I)
To be run Saturday, May 19, 2012
One Mile and Three-Sixteenths
For three-year-olds, $10,000 to pass the entry box, starters to pay $10,000 additional. Supplemental nominations may be made in accordance with the rules, upon payment of $100,000, 60% of the purse to the winner, 20% to second, 11% to third, 6% to fourth and 3% to fifth. Weight 126 pounds for Colts and Geldings, 121 pounds for Fillies. Starters to be named through the entry box on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, by the usual time of closing (the “Closing”). The Preakness field will be limited to fourteen (14) starters and the number of horses that are also-eligible to start up to a maximum of two (2) and shall be determined on the day of the Closing. If more than fourteen (14) horses and also-eligible positions are properly nominated and pass through the entry box by the Closing, the starters will be determined at the Closing with the first seven (7) horses given preference by accumulating the highest lifetime earnings in Graded Stakes. The graded status of each race shall be the graded status assigned to the race by the International Cataloguing Standards Committee in Part 1 of the International Cataloguing Standards as published by The Jockey Club Information Systems, Inc. each year. The next four (4) starters will be determined by accumulating the highest lifetime earnings in all “non-restricted” stakes, which means those stakes whose conditions contain no restrictions other than that of age or sex. The remaining five (5) starters and also-eligibles shall be determined by accumulating the highest lifetime earnings in all races. Should this preference produce any ties, the additional starter(s) and/or also-eligibles shall be determined by lot. In application of the foregoing rule, each horse will be separately considered without regard to identity of its owner and no distinction will be made between Original Nominees and Supplemental Nominees. The foregoing conditions notwithstanding, no horse which earns purse money in The Kentucky Derby shall be denied the opportunity to enter and start in The Preakness Stakes. If a starter is scratched from The Preakness before 9:00 a.m. (Baltimore, MD time) on Friday, May 18, 2012 (“Scratch Deadline”), then the Also-Eligible Horse with the highest preference (if any) as determined by these conditions shall become a starter. Post positions shall be determined by a nontransferable lot number being drawn for each horse named as a starter at the Closing. The lot number drawn for each starter shall determine the post position of such starter. Horses having common ties through ownership or training shall each be treated separately for purposes of determining post position. In the event of one or more scratches after the determination of post positions, then (i) starters with post positions higher than the post position of the scratched starter will be moved to the next lowest empty post position (i.e., toward the inside rail of the race track) and (ii) if a scratch occurs prior to the Scratch Deadline, the Also-Eligible Horse that becomes a starter (if any) will receive the lowest post position available after the post positions of the other starters have been moved as provided above. Post positions shall be moved for each scratch that occurs so that there are no empty post positions in-between horses at the start of The Preakness. If the above rules described result in the exclusion of any horse and/or also-eligible, the $10,000 entry fee and any supplementary fee paid to The Maryland Jockey Club of Baltimore City, Inc., if applicable, will be refunded to the owner of such horse. A replica of the Woodlawn Vase will be presented to the winning owner to remain his or her personal property.