A 20-horse field couldn’t stop Justify in the Kentucky Derby. Neither could pouring rain. Will the undefeated colt meet his match Saturday at Pimlico Race Course?
The 143rd running of the Preakness will feature the Bob Baffert-trained favorite and seven other contenders looking to knock him off his Triple Crown path.
Other forces could easily get in the way. Justify is said to have recovered from a bruised heel, but any knock is cause for concern. On the track, more rain is expected through Saturday afternoon in Baltimore, with the inclement weather likely easing up by post time.
Here’s what you need to know about Preakness Day.
Pre-race coverage: NBC Sports Network, 2:30 to 5 p.m.
Preakness coverage: NBC (Chs. 11, 4), 5 to 7:15 p.m.
Post time: 6:48 p.m.
Purse: $1.5 million
Broadcasters: Larry Collmus (race caller); Bob Costas and Mike Tirico (hosts); Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey and Eddie Olczyk (analysts); and Donna Brothers, Britney Eurton, Carolyn Manno, Laffit Pincay III and Kenny Rice (reporters)
Video: NBC Sports Live
Post positions and latest odds:
1. Quip (9-1)
2. Lone Sailor (10-1)
3. Sporting Chance (19-1)
4. Diamond King (15-1)
5. Good Magic (5-1)
6. Tenfold (22-1)
7. Justify (1-2)
8. Bravazo (12-1)