- The Preakness Stakes revealed their official new date for the event on Saturday during an NBC Network special.
- The Triple Crown race has been taking place since 1873 in the city of Baltimore.
- Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was part of the announcement as the Preakness Stakes is a huge part of the state’s historical makeup.
BALTIMORE – The Preakness Stakes, will officially be postponed to October 3, 2020, due to COVID-19 precautions. The announcement was made on Saturday during an NBC Network special program that highlighted the 2015 Preakness where American Pharoah galloped to greatn+ess during a rainstorm.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Stronach Group Chairman and President Belinda Stronach were in attendance to jointly reveal when horse racing fans can expect to see the 2020 Preakness Stakes.
Today I was pleased to announce that the 145th @PreaknessStakes will be held at @PimlicoRC on October 3. This is wonderful news for the State of Maryland and our historic racing industry. pic.twitter.com/sJcSQHi4qx
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) May 16, 2020
Back in March, the postponement of the Preakness Stakes was announced shortly after the Kentucky Derby decided to reschedule their race dates because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Kentucky Derby changed their event from a May 2 run to September 5.
Preakness released a statement in April discussing talks of a new date not having yet set one. The race would have been held over the weekend of May 16 had it not been canceled.
It was rumored that the new date would be on October 3 but the Maryland Jockey Club was quick to refute those rumors originally.
The Stronach Group/Maryland Jockey Club is aware that a potential date for Preakness 145 has been announced. At this point, there is no definitive date set and we continue to explore options. Once a date for Preakness 145 has been finalized, an official announcement will be made. pic.twitter.com/qLavt98E1z
— Maryland Jockey Club (@LaurelPark) May 6, 2020
Though the event is now months away from its normal date, horse racing bettors and horse enthusiasts can take solace in the fact that it will occur after the Kentucky Derby. This means the possibility for a Triple Crown Winner in 2020 still exists.
The 2020 Preakness Stakes
The Preakness Stakes may be less commonly known to the non-horse racing lover but it’s very much up there in status among other top races like that of the Kentucky Derby. After all, it is part of the Triple Crown and is considered the “second jewel” of that crown.
This second leg of the Triple Crown is a 9.5 furlough race in the dirt or the mud if it’s been raining, which those familiar with horse racing betting know can greatly affect the event. The race is held at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and it traditionally occurs two weeks after the Kentucky Derby.
Christina has been writing for as long as she can remember and does dedicated research on the newly regulated sports betting market. She comes from a family of sports lovers that engage in friendly bets from time to time. During the winter months, you can find Christina baking cookies and beating the entire staff at Mario Kart…the N64 version of course.