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When is the Preakness Stakes? Date, Time for Preakness 2019 as Maximum Security, Country House Drop Out

There won’t be a Maximum Security in the Preakness Stakes 2019. The horse disqualified from winning the Kentucky Derby 2019 and its still-upset owners have better things to do. Neither will Kentucky Derby winner Country House run in the Preakness. He’s sick and taking a rest.

That means there won’t be a Triple Crown winner this year, or even a pretend Triple Crown winner (had Maximum Security swept the next two races). But the Preakness is still running, with the date set for May 18 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

Many fans often think the Preakness runs this Saturday (May 11) because it is one week after the Kentucky Derby. But no, the Preakness is not today. The race is traditionally two weeks between the Triple Crown trifecta.

Preakness 2019 Date: Saturday, May 18

Exact Post Time: 6:48 p.m. Eastern Time

TV Channel: NBC

 Among the favorites in the Preakness Stakes 2019 if the horse runs is Improbable, trained by Bob Baffert. Improbable will have Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith on board instead of Irad Ortiz Jr. who rode the horse in the Kentucky Derby last week.

Baffert said he’s adding Smith to Improbable because “Mike and I have a little luck together.” But the biggest questions now is this: Will Improbably run in the Preakness Stakes 2019?

“Baffert said Improbable will train Monday at Churchill Downs, and then he will make a final decision on the colt's status for the Preakness, a race the trainer has won seven times,” the AP reported. “If Improbable joins the field for the middle leg of the Triple Crown, he would arrive in Baltimore three days ahead of the race.”

The Preakness field includes 14 horses and without Maximum Security or Country House, the horse War of Will will get more attention for the 1 3/16-mile race. Like Improbable, it’s not a certainty War of Will will race, but it’s appearing likely. War of Will finished in 7th in the Kentucky Derby, run on a sloppy track.

Other Preakness race possible entries include Bodexpress, moved up to 13th after finishing 14th in the Derby even though the cold is 0 for 6 in his career

“Among fresh prospects are Bourbon War, who would be ridden by Ortiz, Alwaysmining, Anothertwistafate, Laughing Fox, Owendale and Signalman,” the AP reported.

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