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After an unprecedented and controversial finish to the 2019 Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes was all set as much as be among the most prepared for in years. Regrettably, that’s not likely to be the case without any chance at a Triple Crown contender crossing the goal initially on Saturday.
Country Home won the Run for the Roses on May 4, but just after the first horse to cross the goal, Maximum Security, was disqualified. Neither horse will be taking to the track at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for health factors.
So there will be Triple Crown (or pseudo-Triple Crown, for those who think Maximum Security deserved much better) this year, clearing the way for another horse to make a claim to popularity and fortune at the 144 th running of the Preakness Stakes.
2019 Preakness Stakes
Date: Saturday, May 18
Post Time: 6: 48 p.m. ET
Where: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live
Post Position Details
According to HorseRacingNation.com, there are 12 prospective horses in the Preakness Stakes field as of Sunday. Post positions will be made use of Wednesday, so as of right now, we just have the horses and their pedigrees, trainers and jockeys to go on.
Here’s the field, according to HorseRacingNation.com:
War of Will
Of those 12 thoroughbreds, four ran in the Kentucky Derby.
Improbable, a Bob Baffert-trained horse, did the best by ending up in fourth place. War of Will also raced well, putting seventh. Win did little to measure up to its name in ninth location, and Bodexpress brings up the rear with 13 th location at Churchill Downs (it must be kept in mind that all of these horses were bumped up a spot after Maximum Security was relegated to 17 th due to the fact that of the disqualification).
The early favorite for the Preakness is Unlikely. The horse is ending up being significantly popular with wagerers, moving from 10 -1 opening odds to 2-1 chances as of Monday, per SportsLine.com
Improbable was one of the favorites heading into the Kentucky Derby after the initial front-runner, Omaha Beach, had to leave of the race. Baffert has actually done well at the Preakness, with seven of his horses winning the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans.
Other leading contenders, per SportsLine.com, consist of War of Will, Alwaysmining and Win Win.
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While there will not be the enjoyment of a Triple Crown chase this year, there is another reason to tune in for the Preakness. This might be among the last times the race is run in Baltimore.
The Los Angeles Times‘ John Cherwa discussed:
” The people of Baltimore appear to love the Preakness and think it becomes part of the city’s fabric. The issue is the place is a dump. This year they closed down 7,000 grandstand seats due to the fact that they are risky. The track requires to be rebuilt at an expense of about $400 million. Pimlico presently runs just 12 days a year. This is yet another crisis the Stronach Group is handling, in addition to the horse deaths at Santa Anita. The Maryland Jockey Club, which is Stronach, in the last few days avoided a strike by union workers at the track. They have actually lacked a contract because completion of 2017.”
Pimlico has hosted the Preakness because1873 It seems impossible the race should be run anywhere else, and yet it’s a distinct possibility.
According to Cherwa, Pimlico will host the Preakness for a minimum of another year, however beyond that, it’s difficult to state. One of the gems of the Triple Crown might have to discover a brand-new place to call house.