Preakness, New Jersey

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Preakness, New Jersey
Unincorporated community
Preakness, New Jersey is located in Passaic County, New Jersey
Preakness, New Jersey
Preakness, New Jersey
Preakness's location in Passaic County (Inset: Passaic County in New Jersey)
Coordinates: 40°55′49″N 74°13′40″W / 40.93028°N 74.22778°W / 40.93028; -74.22778Coordinates: 40°55′49″N 74°13′40″W / 40.93028°N 74.22778°W / 40.93028; -74.22778
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Passaic
Township Wayne
Elevation 213 ft (65 m)
ZIP code 07470
GNIS feature ID 0879476[1]

Preakness is an unincorporated community located within Wayne in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States.

The colt Preakness, for whom the Preakness Stakes Thoroughbred horse race at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland is named, was owned by Milton H. Sanford's Preakness Stables located at the corner of Valley Road and Preakness Avenue.

Preakness is the birthplace of Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame trainer, Barry Littlefield and his brother Fred Littlefield, a jockey who won the 1888 Preakness Stakes.

The name itself was said to have come from the Native American name Pra-qua-les for "Quail Woods" in the area.[2] An alternative translation derives the name from per-ukunees, which is thought to mean "young buck".[3][4]


  1. ^ "Preakness". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
  2. ^ Origin of the "Preakness" - Retrieved May 17, 2009
  3. ^ Nelson, William. The Indians of New Jersey: Their Origin and Development; Manners and Customs; Language, Religion, and Government. The Press Printing and Publishing Company, Paterson, NJ, 1894. See Page 127. Available via Google Books
  4. ^ The Origin of New Jersey Place Names. Federal Writer’s Program of the Work Progress Administration of New Jersey. Reissued by the New Jersey Public Library Commission, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ, 1945. Available Online