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It's"riders up!" for the Preakness Stakes which is usually held on the third Saturday in May each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

2024 Preakness TV coverage and post time

This year, all the action takes place at Pimlico on Saturday, May 18, 2024 with live television coverage of the Preakness on NBC beginning at 4:30PM ET with post time set at approx. 6:50 PM ET (5:50 PM CT, 4:50PM MT, and 3:50PM PT)

New in 2024? The purse for the Preakness will be boosted from $1.5 million to $2 million starting May 18 with the race’s 149th running.

2024 post positions and top contenders

Leading up to the big race, 2024 Preakness post positions and morning line odds are expected to be revealed on Monday, May 13, 2024 at 5:30PM ET announcing the field of contenders chosen to run at Pimlico.

2023 Preakness rewind

Although Mage was looking strong off his Derby win, it was second Preakness favorite National Treasure who sped to victory at the this year's Preakness, followed by Blazing Sevens and favorite Mage in 3rd place.

With National Treasure’s victory, trainer Bob Baffert became the winningest Preakness trainer in history, breaking a tie with 19th-century trainer R. Wyndham Walden. (Baffert last won the race in 2018 with Triple Crown winner Justify.)

2023 Preakness payouts

Win: No. 1 National Treasure ($7.80 | $4.00 | $2.60)

Place: No. 7 Blazing Sevens ($5.00 | $2.80)

Show: No. 3 Mage ($2.40)

also see -> 2024 Belmont Stakes

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 with a look at the odds, most famous Preakness races in stories and pictures, along with Preakness party ideas, and background history on the famous Woodlawn Vase winner's trophy ...

2024 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...

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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