This year’s Preakness Stakes is airing on NBC and CNBC. Pre-race coverage will air on CNBC and stream on Peacock from 1-4:30 p.m. Coverage of the main race will air on NBC and stream on Peacock from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Official post time for the Preakness Stakes race is 6:50 p.m.
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When is the post time for the Preakness Stakes?
The post time is approximately 7:01 p.m. ET. The first race at Pimlico will start at 10:30 a.m. ET on Saturday. There are 14 races on tap, and the Preakness is the 13th race of the day.
It was confirmed late last week that Mage, the surprise winner of the 149th Kentucky Derby, will be in the field for the Preakness. Co-owner Ramiro Restrepo announced that the winner of the Kentucky Derby would be at Pimlico, citing a fantastic week of training. “He’s had a magnificent week of training,” said Restrepo. “Trainer Gustavo Delgado [Jr.] was just really pleased and over the moon of how he’s come back. He’s shown all the positive signs. So, it’s on to Baltimore and crab cakes, here we come.”
Crab cakes and horse racing, that’s what Maryland does.
Javier Castellano, who rode Mage to his first Derby victory in 16 attempts, will again ride with Mage.
While Mage is the favorite, currently listed at 8-5, that could change given some of the other horses in the field. First Mission is currently listed at 5-2, and is coming off a win at the Lexington Stakes in mid-April. The Brad Cox-trained First Mission did not run in the Kentucky Derby, and is coming off over a month of rest since Lexington. Note: Word broke on Friday morning that First Mission was scratched due to a left hind issue.
Then there is Blazing Sevens, listed at 6-1. Blazing Sevens had enough points to run in the Kentucky Derby, but trainer Chad Brown opted to keep the horse out of the Derby, and run Blazing Sevens at the Preakness after some rest.
Brown used the same approach with Cloud Computing in 2017 and Early Voting a season ago, both of whom won the Preakness.
Confidence Game, who finished tenth in the Kentucky Derby, pulled out of the Preakness field due to a shoulder injury. Disarm, who finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby, pulled out of the Preakness field on Monday. That leaves Mage as the only Kentucky Derby participant in the field, making it the first time in 75 years that a sole Derby participant was in the Preakness field.
The last time it happened? Back in 1948 when Citation followed up a win at the Kentucky Derby with a victory at the Preakness. Citation went on to claim the Triple Crown with a win at the Belmont Stakes.
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling has called the Preakness winner nine times in the last 18 years, and nailed his 2022 Preakness exacta. Demling also enters the 2023 Preakness Stakes having nailed the winner of the Belmont Stakes four of the last five years, including an exacta in 2022 with Mo Donegal and Nest. He also called Flightline’s win at the Breeders’ Cup Classic last November.
Additionally, he has hit 10 of the last 15 Derby-Oaks doubles at Churchill Downs. That means he held a ticket with the winners of both races all but five times in the last 15 tries. Anyone who has followed him on these races is way up.
Preakness Stakes Exacta: Pick the first- and second-place finishers in the correct order. A $2 exacta returned $25.80 at the 2022 Preakness Stakes with Early Voting and Epicenter.
Preakness Stakes Trifecta: Pick the first-, second- and third-place finishers in the correct order. A $1 trifecta returned $66.50 at the 2022 Preakness Stakes with Early Voting, Epicenter and Creative Minister.
Preakness Stakes Superfecta: Pick the first-, second-, third- and fourth-place finishers in the correct order. A $1 superfecta returned $162.90 at the 2022 Preakness Stakes with Early Voting, Epicenter, Creative Minister and Secret Oath.
While Demling has no quibbles with the favorite status of Mage, he plans to hold tickets with National Treasure (4-1) and is using a middle-of-the-pack longshot who could really spice up the payouts.
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