Now that the drama of the Kentucky Derby has died down, attention turns to the Preakness Stakes, the second part of horse racing’s Triple Crown races. Country House will not be present at this weekend’s race, but there is still plenty to get excited about as we take a look at how to watch, wager and win this year’s Run for the Black-Eyed Susans.
Here is what you need to know as you prepare for an exciting weekend of horse racing.
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The Preakness Stakes is always held on the third Saturday in May. This year, it will be on Saturday, May 18, 2019.
The Preakness is held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. There are nine stakes races on the card that day, and the Preakness will be Race 13, with post time at 6:48 pm ET/3:48 pm PT.
You can watch the Preakness in several ways:
NBC and NBC Sports will cover the key races from Pimlico on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, coverage of the Black-eyed Susan will start on NBC Sports at 3:00 pm ET.
On Saturday, you can watch the undercard stakes races starting at 2:00 pm ET on NBC Sports, then switch to NBC at 5:00 for full coverage of the Preakness Stakes.
You can also watch Preakness Stakes coverage through the NBC Sports app and on NBCSports.com.
If you sign up for a free online account with a legal online betting provider, you can watch all the Pimlico races via live streaming video on your computer or mobile device. Sign up for an account at TwinSpires, TVG or Xpressbet, to open an account in time for the second leg of the Triple Crown this weekend.
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If you open an account with TVG, Xpressbet, or TwinSpires, you can also bet the Preakness Stakes online, along with any other race from Pimlico or any other racetrack. You’ll be able to bet directly into the same pools as the fans at the track, with all the same bet types and chances to win.
The race is the shortest of the three Triple Crown races at 9.5 furlongs, or 1 3/16 miles. miles and takes just under two minutes from the time the horses leave the gate to when the first horse crosses the wire. The race is a dirt course and will feature two turns.
Like the Kentucky Derby, the fastest running of the race was in 1973, when Secretariat finished in 1:53.00.
The 2019 running of the Preakness Stakes will be worth $1.5 million.
The Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the American Thoroughbred Triple Crown, lacks some of the fanfare of the Kentucky Derby but is still a celebrated race and notable accomplishment for any horse who wins.
The Kentucky Derby has roses, but the Preakness is known as the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans, because it is a tradition to drape a blanket of the flowers over the winning horse. The Black-eyed Susan is the state flower of Maryland, the Preakness’ home. Black-eyed Susans are also honored as the name of the 3-year-old filly race that is held the day before the Preakness.
Ironically, no actual Black-eyed Susans are used in the award blanket, as the race is held two months before the flower is in season. Viking poms are used instead, and prior to that, yellow daisies were hand-painted to resemble the trademark black and yellow flower.
The Preakness is a popular event to attend for fans. Only the Derby draws a larger crowd each year, meaning more people attend the Preakness than the Belmont Stakes or Breeders’ Cup. Like the Derby, many fans come to Preakness for the infield party, which also explains the ability of the track to host such a large event.
While the crowd sings “My Old Kentucky Home” before the Kentucky Derby, fans at Pimlico sing “Maryland, My Maryland” prior to the running of the Preakness, led by the Glee Club of the nearby United States Naval Academy.
When the track opened in 1870, there was a weathervane with a horse an rider on top of the clubhouse. Starting in 1909, a painter climbed to the weathervane following the running of the race and painted the silks of the rider the same color as the owners’ silks of that year’s winning horse. The Clubhouse was destroyed in 1966, but a replica was built to carry on the tradition.
No. Unfortunately for racing fans, neither Country House, the official winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby, or Maximum Security, the unofficial and disqualified winner of the Derby, will compete in the Preakness Stakes.
Country House’s trainer, Bill Mott, declared the colt out of the Preakness just a few days following the Derby. Shortly after the race, Country House developed a cough and Mott decided to exercise caution with the horse and pause training while the horse recovers from a possible virus.
Maximum Security exited the Derby in good order with no health issues, but owner Gary West elected not to run him back in two weeks’ time when there was no Triple Crown on the line. The colt did suffer small cuts to his back legs after clipping heels with War of Will but recent x-rays were negative and he will resume training in the near future.
There will not be a Triple Crown on the line this year, but there will plenty of talented 3-year-olds to watch in this year’s Preakness. Besides, racing fans have been lucky enough to have two Triple Crown winners in the span of four years, following a drought of 37 years.
This year’s field may be wide open. Only 4 of the 13 horses also ran in the Kentucky Derby: War of Will, Improbable, Win Win Win and Bodexpress. Some of the new horses, like Signalman and Bourbon War, were only a few points shy of entering the Kentucky Derby field.
On Wednesday, the field was entered and post positions were drawn for this year’s Preakness Stakes. Here is the official line up, including morning-line odds and the connections for each runner:
#1 War of Will (4-1)
Trainer: Mark Casse
Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
#2 Bourbon War (12-1)
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
#3 Warrior’s Charge (12-1)
Trainer: Brad Cox
Jockey: Javier Castellano
#4 Improbable (5-2)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Mike Smith
#5 Owendale (10-1)
Trainer: Brad Cox
Jockey: Florent Geroux
#6 Market King (30-1)
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Jon Court
#7 Alwaysmining (8-1)
Trainer: Kelly Rubley
Jockey: Daniel Centeno
#8 Signalman (30-1)
Trainer: Kenny McPeek
Jockey: Brian Hernandez, Jr.
#9 Bodexpress (20-1)
Trainer: Gustavo Delgado
Jockey: John Velazquez
#10 Everfast (50-1)
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Joel Rosario
#11 Laughing Fox (20-1)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Ricardo Santana, Jr.
#12 Anothertwistafate (6-1)
Trainer: Blaine Wright
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
#13 Win Win Win (15-1)
Trainer: Michael Trombetta
Jockey: Julian Pimentel