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How to watch the 2024 Preakness Stakes race today: Start time, channel, odds, where to stream and more

Brian Hernandez Jr. rides Mystik Dan, right, to the finish line to win the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2024, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Mystik Dan won the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

It’s time for the 149th Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. The 2024 Kentucky Derby concluded with a three-horse photo finish, with 18-1 shot Mystik Dan taking the lead over Sierra Leone and Forever Young. Mystik Dan's pursuit of the 2024 Triple Crown continues this afternoon, with Preakness 149. Coverage of the second leg of the Triple Crown will begin at 1:30 p.m. this afternoon on CNBC and streaming live on Peacock, then moves to NBC (and stays on Peacock) at 4:30 p.m. Are you ready to switch over from drinking Mint Juleps to Black-Eyed Susans? Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch Preakness 149 this weekend.

Date: Saturday, May 18

Coverage start time: 1:30 p.m. ET

Race time: 7:01 p.m. ET

Location: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland

TV channel: NBC, CNBC

Streaming: Peacock

The second stop in the potential Triple Crown journey will be held this Saturday, May 18 — AKA Armed Forces Day. The action actually begins on Friday, with the 100th running of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.

Coverage of the 149th Preakness Stakes will begin on race day as early as 1:30 p.m. ET. The actual race won’t begin until after 4:30 — official run post time is 7:01 p.m.

The 149th Preakness Stakes will air on NBC and stream live on Peacock.

At $6 per month, a Peacock subscription is the easiest way to stream this year’s Kentucky Derby! An ad-supported Peacock subscription lets you stream live sports and events airing on NBC, including this upcoming NFL season's first Friday night game, Big Ten Saturday Night football games and more. Plus, you'll get access to thousands of hours of shows and movies, including beloved sitcoms such as Parks and Recreation and The Office. For $12 monthly you can upgrade to an ad-free subscription which includes live access to your local NBC affiliate (not just during designated sports and events) and the ability to download select titles to watch offline.

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How long is the Preakness Stakes?

The Preakness Stakes race distance measures 1+3⁄16 miles (9.5 furlongs). As far as time goes, every horse and rider is likely looking to beat Pimlico's course record of 1:53.0 — set by the Triple Crown-winning Secretariat in 1973.

This year, the winner of the middle jewel in the Triple Crown will receive a portion of a record $2 million.

  1. Mugatu, Joe Bravo (20-1)

  2. Uncle Heavy, Irad Ortiz Jr. (20-1)

  3. Catching Freedom, Flavien Prat (6-1)

  4. Muth, Juan Hernandez (8-5)

  5. Mystik Dan, Brian Hernandez Jr. (5-2)

  6. Seize the Grey, Jaime Torres (15-1)

  7. Just Steel, Joel Rosario (15-1)

  8. Tuscan Gold, Tyler Gaffalione (8-1)

  9. Imagination, Frankie Dettori (6-1)

Mystik Dan managed to win the 2024 Kentucky Derby with a winning time 2:03.24.

The 2024 Kentucky Derby winner, Mystik Dan, will race at Preakness, kicking off the second leg of his journey to that elusive Triple Crown win.

The Triple Crown is made up of the big three 3-year-old thoroughbred horse races: the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Only 13 horses have ever won the Triple Crown, the last being Justify, in 2018.

The Belmont Stakes will run on Saturday, June 8, 2024.