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With so many of the betting experts arguing over a favorite to win, you can usually count on a racing season to be a particularly exciting one. And, this year is a stunner

With the phenomenal upset by Medina Spirit in the 2021 Kentucky Derby, all bets are off as the Preakness is wide open marks its 146th running as the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.

UPDATE: With Medina Spirit's Kentucky Derby win in question over a failed drug test, owner Bob Baffert has refuted the claim that Medina Spirit had been given an anti-inflammatory drug above the legal threshold before the Derby, but will be given an opportunity to run Medina Spirit in the Preakness.

2021 Preakness TV coverage and post time

Watch for all the action to take place at Pimlico on Saturday, May 15, 2021 with live television coverage of the Preakenss on NBC beginning at 4:30PM ET with post time at approx, 6:45 PM ET.

2021 post positions and top contenders

The live announcement of the 2021 Preakness post positions and morning line odds was made on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 4PM ET.

UPDATE: Derby winner Medina Spirit will run at Pimlico with morning line odds announced at 9-5.

Other official Preakness entries will include Concert Tour at 5-2, Crowded Trade at 10-1, Rombauer at 12-1, Unbridled Honor, Risk Taking, Midnight Bourbon, and Keepmeinmind at 15-1, France Go De Ina at 20-1, and longshot Ram at 40-1.

2020 Preakness rewind

In a surprise outcome, Swiss Skydiver became the sixth filly ever to win the Preakness Stakes by beating Kentucky Derby winner Authentic down the home stretch to a photo finish. Coming in third was Jesus' Team.

Swiss Skydiver paid $25.40 to win, $8.40 to place and $5.80 to show.

Authentic paid $3.60 to place and $3.20 to show.

Jesus' Team paid $12.20 to show.

Preakness Stakes fun facts

black eyed susan, Maryland's state flower• The Preakness is named after the horse who won the first stakes ever run in Pimlico when its doors first opened on May 27, 1873.

• The Preakness Stakes is sometimes dubbed "The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans" because a blanket of Viking daisies, decorated to look like Black-eyed Susans, is traditionally placed around the winner's neck. Actual Black-eyed Susans -- the state flower of Maryland -- are not in season during the Preakness.

• The official drink of the Preakness Stakes is the Black Eyed Susan cocktail made with orange juice and vodka.

• The Friday before the Preakness is Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico, where a party atmosphere prevails, including the running of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes for 3-year-old fillies and appearances by notable female jockeys.

• While pre-race celebrations in Baltimore last for days, the actual Preakness Stakes race lasts an average 2 1/2 minutes.

The Run for the Preakness around the Web:

Elsewhere on the Web, learn more about the race for the Black Eyed Susans (Maryland's state flower) with a look at the odds, Preakness Stakes' most famous races in stories and pictures, along with Preakness party ideas, and background history on the famous Woodlawn Vase winner's trophy ...

2021 Preakness at Pimlico
The scene of all the action with seating, ticket and parking info, visitor accommodations and related Maryland attractions, feature stories and profiles, history and trivia, and lots more as the big race draws near...

Preakness Stakes - Complete Wikipedia overview including history and controversy, as well as facts and information on the modern race, including a complete list of winners, most wins and records with related resources.

The Woodlawn Vase and the Preakness Stakes - The famous winner's trophy designed by Tiffany & Co. with a long and fascinating history, clickable photo.

also see -> Kentucky Derby | Belmont

Preakness Party Ideas

Preakness Party Tips - Complete recipes for those luscious Maryland crab cakes and mixology for the Black-Eyed Susan, the traditional drink of the Preakness...

Triple Crown Recipes at StarChefs - The complete menu including Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes party ideas with a nod to the Preakness in a lip-smacking recipe for Maryland Fried Chicken and Maryland crab cakes.

Preakness Cocktail - A scotch concoction to help celebrate the day.

Millemark Equine Postcard Center - Say 'hay!' with a selection of lovely photos to send as free e-invitations to the party.

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