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Preakness 2024: What to know, including post time, odds, weather and more

The eyes of the horse racing world and beyond will converge on the 149th Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for the second jewel of the Triple Crown series.

For the second straight year, the race will have a Triple Crown contender. Mystik Dan won the Kentucky Derby in a thrilling photo finish and is the favorite after Bob Baffert-trained and morning-line favorite Muth, who did not run in the Derby because Baffert remains suspended from Churchill Downs, was scratched from the race Wednesday after his temperature spiked to 103 degrees.

As always, there will be plenty to watch for on and off the track. Here’s what you need to know:

What is the Preakness Stakes?

The Preakness Stakes first ran in 1873. It’s run two weeks after the Kentucky Derby at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. It’s the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, which consists of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, which runs three weeks after the Preakness. The 149th edition of the Preakness, which covers 1 3/16 miles on the dirt track and is run by 3-year-old colts, geldings and fillies, is set for Saturday evening.

How to watch

TV coverage is 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on CNBC and streaming service Peacock and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on NBC (channels 11 and 4 locally). Post time is listed as approximately 6:50 p.m. Gates open at Pimlico at 9 a.m. There will be 14 races. First post is at 10:30 a.m. The Preakness Stakes is the 13th race of the day.

The draw and odds

Post 1: Mugatu (20-to-1 morning-line odds)

Mugatu, fifth in the talent-packed Blue Grass Stakes, is a 20-1 choice and will start from the inside No. 1 post.

Post 2: Uncle Heavy (20-1)

Uncle Heavy, a three-time winner before he finished fifth in the April 6 Wood Memorial, is a 20-1 choice in the morning line..

Post 3: Catching Freedom (6-1)

Catching Freedom was expected to skip the Preakness after his late charge left him short of the three horses bunched at the front of the Derby, but his robust training prompted trainer Brad Cox to change his mind. Catching Freedom, the field’s top closer who won the March 23 Louisiana Derby, will have 2021 Preakness winner Flavien Prat aboard.

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Post 4: Muth (scratched)

Preakness Stakes favorite Muth was declared out of Saturday’s race after his temperature spiked to 103 degrees upon his arrival in Baltimore on Tuesday evening. “We are sick about this. The horse had been doing really well,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “But we have to do what’s right by the horse.” He added that the 8-5 morning-line favorite was already feeling better Wednesday morning but will be sidelined as a precaution.

Post 5: Mystik Dan (5-2)

Mystik Dan is looking to become the first horse since Triple Crown winner Justify in 2018 to win both the Derby and Preakness.

Post 6: Seize the Grey (15-1)

Six-time Preakness-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas has high hopes for Seize the Grey, who is coming off a 1 1/4-length win in the Pat Day Mile on the Derby undercard.

Post 7: Just Steel (15-1)

Lukas believes the Preakness will set up better than the Derby for Just Steel, who finished 17th in the first leg of the Triple Crown. “You’ve got to be careful not to penalize a horse for one race like that,” he said.

Post 8: Tuscan Gold (8-1)

Trainer Chad Brown is shooting for his third Preakness victory with Tuscan Gold, who is coming off a third-place finish in the Louisiana Derby. Both of Brown’s Preakness wins have come with horses that did not run in the first leg of the Triple Crown.

Post 9: Imagination (6-1)

Baffert’s second entry, Imagination, is no slouch, coming off a second-place finish in the April 6 Santa Anita Derby. “I think he’s improving whereas Muth just needs to stay where he’s at,” said Baffert, who will try to win a record-extending ninth Preakness.

What is Preakness LIVE?

Baltimore will be lovin’ on Jack Harlow when the six-time Grammy-nominated rap artist headlines Preakness LIVE.

During the daylong entertainment and music festival, once known as the InfieldFest but now branded as Preakness LIVE, a lineup of electronic dance, rap and DJ performers, including Gryffin, Channel Tres, Frank Walker and Chantel Jeffries, will take the stage starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Harlow, whose hit song “Lovin On Me” spent several weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart this year, will perform after the day’s races conclude.

This year, general admission tickets for Preakness LIVE start at $69. In 2023, ticket prices started at $59.

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What is the Black-Eyed Susan race?

The Black-Eyed Susan Stakes race is hosted annually at Pimlico on Friday, the day before Preakness. The race dates to 1919 and was given graded stakes status in 1973. Last year, Taxed surged past a field packed with more accomplished fillies to win the 99th running of the George E. Mitchell Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

How’s the weather looking for the Preakness?

Saturday’s forecast is cloudy with a high near 64 degrees and a 60% chance of showers, according to the National Weather Service. Precipitation is expected mainly after 2 p.m., with a low around 56 degrees Saturday night.

Recent Preakness winners

2023: National Treasure

2022: Early Voting

2021: Rombauer

2020: Swiss Skydiver

2019: War of Will

2018: Justify

2017: Cloud Computing

2016: Exaggerator

2015: American Pharoah

2014: California Chrome

2013: Oxbow

2012: I’ll Have Another

2011: Shackleford

2010: Lookin At Lucky

2009: Rachel Alexandra

2008: Big Brown

2007: Curlin

2006: Bernardini

2005: Afleet Alex

2004: Smarty Jones

2003: Funny Cide

2002: War Emblem

2001: Point Given

2000: Red Bullet