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How to watch the 2021 Preakness Stakes: post time, TV, odds and what you need to know

Here’s everything you need to know before the 2021 Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

What: 146th Preakness Stakes

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Where: Pimlico Race Course

When: Saturday; post time 6:47 p.m.

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Attendance: Tickets went on sale April 5 with a capacity set at 10,000 to ensure appropriate social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. For details, go to preakness.com/tickets. No tickets will be sold onsite on race day.

TV: Preakness coverage will air Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on NBCSN and from 5 p.m to 7:30 p.m. on NBC (chs. 11, 4). Coverage is also available to stream live on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app.

NBC Sports’ coverage features host Mike Tirico; analysts Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey and Eddie Olczyk; and a team of reporters. Larry Collmus will call the race.

What you need to know: Medina Spirit is the 9-5 favorite in the morning line and will break from the No. 3 post. He’s being allowed to run here despite testing positive for the anti-inflammatory drug betamethasone, a result that could cost him his victory May 1 in the Kentucky Derby.

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This year’s Preakness is back in its usual spots in the Triple Crown rotation (the second of three races in the series) and on the calendar (held on the third Saturday in May). Last year, because of the pandemic, the race was moved to October and was run after both the Belmont Stakes and the Kentucky Derby.

What other racing is there this weekend?

Preakness Day begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with the $100,000 Sir Barton for 3-year-olds leading off a lineup of 10 stakes, six graded, worth $2.25 million in purses. The Preakness is Race 13 on the 14-race card.

With a socially distanced crowd and without a traditional infield, this is the setup at Pimlico Race Course for Preakness Day. | SOURCE: Maryland Jockey Club
With a socially distanced crowd and without a traditional infield, this is the setup at Pimlico Race Course for Preakness Day. | SOURCE: Maryland Jockey Club (Steve Earley / Baltimore Sun)

Musical acts: Preakness Live, a re-imagined entertainment experience featuring DJ D-Nice, rapper 2 Chainz and electronica act Major Lazer, will be part of Saturday’s festivities. Excerpts will be shown on NBC and live on D-Nice’s #ClubQuarantine Instagram, which will also livestream the Preakness 146 JockeyCam. (Major Lazer was a late addition when rapper Jack Harlow canceled after his DJ was charged in a Louisville, Ky., homicide May 1, Derby Day.)

Weather: Ideal conditions are expected with temperatures around 74 degrees, skies partly to mostly sunny and winds from the east on the light side at 5 to 10 miles an hour, an Accuweather meteorologist Rob Miller said. Track conditions will be similar to the past two years.

Experience some of the sights and sounds of the running of the 146th Preakness Stakes, held at the Pimlico Race Course.

Preakness field

  • No. 1 Ram (30-1) Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.
  • No. 2 Keepmeinmind (15-1) Trainer: Robertino Diodoro Jockey: David Cohen
  • No. 3 Medina Spirit (9-5) Trainer: Bob Baffert Jockey: John Velazquez
  • No. 4 Crowded Trade (10-1) Trainer: Chad Brown Jockey: Javier Castellano
  • No. 5 Midnight Bourbon (5-1) Trainer: Steve Asmussen Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
  • No. 6 Rombauer (12-1) Trainer: Michael McCarthy Jockey: Flavien Prat
  • No. 7 France Go de Ina (20-1) Trainer: Hideyuki Mori Jockey: Joel Rosario
  • No. 8 Unbridled Honor (15-1) Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: Luis Saez
  • No. 9 Risk Taking (15-1) Trainer: Chad Brown Jockey: Jose Ortiz
  • No. 10 Concert Tour (5-2) Trainer: Bob Baffert Jockey: Mike Smith

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