xml:space="preserve">

Check out Baltimore Sun stories, videos and pictures about the 2018 Preakness, the second jewel of the Triple Crown.

Justify will likely see some familiar — and fresh — challengers in the June 9 Belmont Stakes as the Derby and Preakness winner attempts to complete the Triple Crown.

Preakness champion Justify looked fit Sunday morning as he boarded a van to depart Baltimore for Kentucky, where he'll prepare for the June 9 Belmont Stakes and a chance at the Triple Crown.

Justify wins the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

The race-by-race results from Preakness Day 2018 on a muddy track as the rain fell throughout the day,

The 143th edition of the Preakness Stakes featured its biggest-ever infield stage, new and hulking “chalet” tents that offered towering views over the Pimlico Race Course track, and a winner that kept alive the chance of a Triple Crown in 2018.

On a day when everything else seemed to go wrong, Justify made it all right and is headed to the Belmont Stakes for his date with destiny.

A selection of the best photos from the 143rd Preakness by The Baltimore Sun photo staff.

Three years after rain and lightning made things interesting at the Preakness, Saturday's fog wreaked havoc for the trainers, if the not the jockeys and horses, going into the final turn at Pimlico.

A closer finish at the Preakness than at the Kentucky Derby has given Justify's challengers some renewed hope going into next month's Belmont.

Photos from the 143rd Preakness Stakes. See more coverage here.

Stonach Group COO Tim Ritvo doesn't expect the organization to put more money into Pimlico, and doesn't see a future for Preakness at Pimlico unless the state invests hundreds of millions of dollars to renovate the aging racetrack.

Preakness-goers reported long lines and waits as long as two hours to get into the annual horse-racing event Saturday afternoon, causing some to miss the InfieldFest’s headlining acts. Others gave up and left

On a day like Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, the question isn’t whether to wear goggles. It’s how many.

The absence of Under Armour’s typical celebrity-filled tent didn't stop the stars from showing up to the 143rd Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

Post Malone and 21 Savage perform at Preakness InfieldFest 2018.

In a race that featured only four horses after it was moved from the turf to the dirt track, Conjecture breezed to victory in the second race on the card at Preakness 143.

InfieldFest was touted by organizers as a refreshed event, with a smarter layout to promote watching and betting on races, and a “megastage” to serve as a focal point. The execution was overshadowed by conditions that left no one safe from having their shoes and feet — at the least — covered in mud

Handicapper Liam Durbin shares his picks and betting tips for all 14 Preakness Day races.

Where to put your money if you're betting on the Preakness.

Here’s what you need to know about Preakness Day.

After the stock market crash helped end Noah Abramson's promising career as a professional show jumper, the Howard County native is making an impact as a thoroughbred trainer and won with one of his horses running Preakness Day.

Hundreds of Preakness goers traversed through mudpits and large puddles of water, with their shoes and legs covered in brown sludge. Others got strategic — or gave up — and braved it all barefoot. 

Pimlico's turf track was so inundated by the steady rain that four or the five scheduled turf races were moved to the dirt track.

Despite all of the rain this week, the Pimlico Race Course track is holding up as Preakness 2018 race approaches.

Preakness viewers who did not brave the rain and mud at Pimlico will get to watch the race from a new angle this year, thanks to an overhead camera NBC debuted at the Kentucky Derby.

Trainer Bob Baffert is already regarded as one of the greatest ever in his profession. But with another Kentucky Derby champion and Preakness favorite in Justify, he's on the cusp of breaking all-time records.

Fractious and temperamental, Count Fleet won the Triple Crown in 1943, the sixth horse to do so. He breezed in every race, winning the Kentucky Derby by three lengths, the Preakness (one week later) by eight and the Belmont Stakes by 25.

Despite more rain expected for Saturday's Preakness, few seem worried about track conditions at Pimlico Race Course.

Justify is a 1-2 favorite heading into Saturday's 143rd Preakness Stakes. Is he worth all the hype?

With the Supreme Court's decision to strike down bans on sports gambling, officials in the horse racing industry hope what comes next is a winner.

Red Ruby passed frontrunner Coach Rocks on the final turn and won the Black-Eyed Susan Friday at Pimlico Race Course.

The “run for the Black-Eyed Susans” is Maryland’s day to bask in horse racing glory, if not sunshine, and Carroll County, too, has its share of racing history worth celebrating.

French-born trainer Rodolphe Brisset, a former jockey, has Quip in the Preakness after just one year in charge.

Goodonehoney, a 3-year-old filly based at Laurel, will be among the favorites in Friday's Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico.

Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness favorite Justify took to the Pimlico Race Course track Thursday morning and had no problems with the muddy conditions. He's the 1-2 morning line favorite for Saturday's race.

“Every time I go to Pimlico, I remember Prairie Bayou,” Smith said of the 1993 Preakness champion. “I still have a lot of feelings for that horse; he’s always in my thoughts.”

Tenfold is a 20-1 long shot in the 143rd Preakness, but comes from good stock as the offspring of 2007 champion Curlin.

Bob Baffert brought a Triple Crown winner to town in 2015 and might have another in Preakness favorite Justify. He wants the Preakness to stay at Pimlico.

The Infield at this year’s Preakness Stakes will feature one stage with a host of DJs, including Vice, Frank Walker and DJ Ruen, as well as Post Malone and 21 Savage.

You can and will survive this year’s Preakness, no matter how muddy. You may even make it with your cell phone, and some dignity intact.

This year’s Preakness spectators face even stricter regulations on what they can bring in to Pimlico.

Preakness Day will mark Airbnb’s biggest night to date in Baltimore with 2,320 guest arrivals on the books.

Justify, coming off a commanding 2½-length victory over a muddy track at Churchill Downs, is installed as the 1-2 favorite for the 143rd Preakness. He'll break out of the No. 7 post.

"I'm glad to see Post Malone here,” Baffert told the Pimlico crowd at Wednesday's post position draw, “because I really like his music."

Kentucky Derby winner Justify arrived Wednesday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course in preparation of Saturday's 143rd Preakness Stakes.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas wasn’t taking any chances Wednesday morning ahead of the Preakness.

An unsettled weather pattern is forecast to persist this week, bringing frequent rain chances through the 143rd Preakness Stakes on Saturday. But the heaviest rain is likely to pass before revelers gather at Pimlico Race Course.

In recent years, the Preakness Infield has felt like a standalone concert and all-day drinking party for millennials, curiously placed next to one of the biggest horse races in the world. But on Saturday, InfieldFest will see major changes designed to bridge that generational gap.

The complex ownership group behind Justify offers a snapshot of the racing industry in 2018.

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has the same route when he comes to Pimlico for the Preakness, and it often winds up in the winner's circle.

Post positions for the eight-horse race will be determined at Pimlico Race Course.

Prado, a longtime rider on the Maryland circuit, won aboard Anthony Merlino’s Thefundsarelow in the sixth race Tuesday at Parx in Bensalem, Pa.

With trainer Chad Brown not expected until later in the week, assistant trainer Jose Hernandez works out Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic Tuesday at Pimlico.

After earning a trip to Pimlico by winning last month's Tesio Stakes at Laurel, Diamond King is hoping to give trainer John Servis and part owner Chuck Zacney a chance at a second Preakness victory.

D. Wayne Lukas-trained horses Sporting Chance and Bravazo were the first to hit the track at Pimlico on Tuesday in preparation of 143rd Preakness.

Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness favorite Justify is scheduled to come up from Kentucky on Wednesday.

"I was pretty impressed myself," Justify trainer Bob Baffert said. "Usually, all my Derby winners, it takes them about five days to really snap out of it. But he was pretty sharp the whole time."

It will be an eight-horse field for Saturday's 143rd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

Here's a look back at some of our favorite photos of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course through the years.

Accounts to follow and dos and don'ts for experiencing Preakness 2018 on social media.

A 33-year Preakness veteran offers insider tips on how to best enjoy your visit to the 143rd Preakness Stakes.

History has always preceded the arrival of the reigning Derby champion in Maryland, a well-worn reminder that there is no such thing as a sure thing, not for bettors. Justify is this year’s early Preakness favorite, undefeated in four races, the last a convincing May 5 win at Churchill Downs.

Mother’s Day weekend proved to be a tumultuous one for the 2018 Preakness field, with trainer Chad Brown committing Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic to a rematch with Justify while Bolt d’Oro’s trainer-owner Mick Ruis pointed his contender to New York rather than Baltimore.

Led by Justify's quest for greatness, here are five storylines for Preakness 2018.

The potential Preakness field grew stronger Thursday with the news that Bolt d'Oro is pointed toward the race. Meanwhile, Justify helped allay fears about his left rear hoof with a comfortable gallop in Kentucky.

The Preakness — Maryland’s largest and splashiest sporting event — will return in 2019 to the faded Baltimore horse track for one more year.

Preakness, the namesake of the middle leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, won the Dinner Party Stakes at the inaugural Pimlico Race Course meeting.

With 6,997 career victories, Edgar Prado needs three to reach 7,000, a mark met by just seven other jockeys. Named to ride two horses Thursday and two Friday, Prado could hit that goal by Preakness Day (May 19).

After a spirited run through the heart of the Kentucky Derby before a fade to 12th, Bolt d’Oro was unequivocally ruled out of the Preakness by owner and trainer Mick Ruis. Until, he unequivocally wasn’t.

Arkansas Derby runner-up Quip is officially in the field for the May 19 Preakness.

Here’s a rundown of eight ways to get pumped up for the middle jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown, from a balloon festival to a crab derby.

A map of the 2018 Preakness infield.

Searchable answers about Preakness start time, field, music, parking, tickets, betting and more.

A comparison of Kentucky Derby champion Justify and 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

After the wettest Kentucky Derby on record, will the "mudders" have an advantage at the 143rd Preakness, too? Long-term forecasts have Maryland on the edge of a wet weather trend for the third week of May.

Bob Baffert’s chief assistant who is overseeing Justify’s care in Louisville, Ky., reported that “all was good” with the undefeated colt ahead of the Preakness.

After a thrilling run to victory in the rain at the Kentucky Derby, Justify is doing well and trainer Bob Baffert sees no reason he wouldn't race in the 143rd Preakness.

Justify captures 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, putting the Curse of Apollo to rest on a Churchill Downs track soaked by rain all day.

If one of Sol Kumin's horses won, the party would commence right around 7 p.m., the same time his alma mater was set to face off with archrival Maryland in the Big Ten lacrosse final.

This year's Preakness InfieldFest performers include the rappers Post Malone and 21 Savage and the Seattle electronic music duo Odesza.

Preakness Stakes organizers hope to fill an Under Armour sized void in the infield after the Baltimore brand decided not to do an infield hospitality tent.

Under Armour — whose corporate tent and activities have long been staples at the Preakness — won’t host its customary hospitality events at this year’s race.

The Maryland Jockey Club has announced the schedule for its spring meet at Pimlico Race Course, highlighted by the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes on May 19.

A revived regional horse racing series designed to pump more purse money into the Mid-Atlantic will debut at Pimlico Race Course on Preakness weekend.

A Maryland Stadium Authority study of Pimlico Race Course moved one step closer to rolling forward when the Maryland Racing Commission voted Thursday to fund the state's piece of the analysis.

After nearly a year of delays, phase two of a Maryland Stadium Authority study on the future of Pimlico Race Course is set to proceed, pending a vote Thursday by the Maryland Racing Commission and subsequent approval by the authority's board and state lawmakers.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement