The Preakness Stakes 2018: What time, who is running what are the odds?


Kentucky Derby winner Justify will be in the field of eight for the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

The second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown will see a smaller field than the Kentucky Derby with the eight horses running the mile-and-3/16-course.

Here’s what you need to know about the 2018 Run for the Black-Eyed Susans at Pimlico.

When is the 2018 Preakness? 
 

The race is always held on the third Saturday in May. That is this Saturday.

What time does it start?

Coverage of the race begins at 5 p.m. ET. Post time for the race is 6:45 p.m. ET. NBC will provide TV coverage from 5-7:15 p.m. ET. 

What channel is it on? 

NBC will broadcast pre-race activities in addition to the race.

Is it livestreamed? 

Yes. Click here, NBC Sports Live, to watch on Saturday. The events can also be live-streamed on fuboTV.

How far do the horses run? 

1 3/16 miles.

What is the track surface? 
 

Dirt.

What is the record at the track? 
 

Secretariat holds the record. In 1973, Secretariat ran the 9.5 furlongs in 1:53.

What’s the purse for this year’s Preakness? 

The purse is $1.5 million.

Which horses are running in the 2018 Preakness Stakes? 
 

Here are the horses and their post positions:

  1. #Quip
  2. #LoneSailor
  3. #SportingChance
  4. #DiamondKing
  5. #GoodMagic
  6. #Tenfold
  7. #Justify
  8. #Bravazo

Who is the favorite to win the 2017 Preakness? 
 

As of Thursday, here are the odds for the race:

  1. Quip (12-1)
  2. Lone Sailor (15-1)
  3. Sporting Chance (30-1)
  4. Diamond King (30-1)
  5. Good Magic (3-1)
  6. Tenfold (20-1)
  7. Justify (1-2)
  8. Bravazo (20-1) 

What is the special song they sing?

Just after the horses are called to the post, the song "Maryland, My Maryland" is played. The official state song of Maryland is led by the United States Naval Academy Glee Club.

Here are the lyrics if you want to sing along.  There are nine verses, here are the first three:

The despot's heel is on thy shore,

Maryland!

His torch is at thy temple door,

Maryland!
 

Avenge the patriotic gore
 

That flecked the streets of Baltimore,
 

And be the battle queen of yore,

Maryland! My Maryland!

 

Hark to an exiled son's appeal,

Maryland!
 

My mother State! to thee I kneel,

Maryland!
 

For life and death, for woe and weal,
 

Thy peerless chivalry reveal, 
 

And gird thy beauteous limbs with steel,

Maryland! My Maryland!

 
Thou wilt not cower in the dust,

Maryland!
 

Thy beaming sword shall never rust,

Maryland!
 

Remember Carroll's sacred trust,
 

Remember Howard's warlike thrust,-
 

And all thy slumberers with the just,

Maryland! My Maryland!

What’s the weather going to be like? 

The Preakness could be a soggy one, with meteorologists predicting an 80 percent chance of rain on Saturday. Temperatures will be in the 60s to lower 70s.

Where can you find the Preakness Stakes Facebook and Twitter accounts?

For Facebook, click here. For Twitter, click here.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Amazon’s  first fulfillment center in Oklahoma expected to create 1,500 jobs
Amazon’s  first fulfillment center in Oklahoma expected to create 1,500 jobs

Amazon announced Saturday that it will open its first fulfillment center in Oklahoma City by the end of 2019. The 600,000 square-foot facility will be located in Oklahoma and will create more than 1,500 full-time jobs, according to a news release from the company: The facility will be responsible for packing and shipping small items to customers...
12-year-old's foot possibly bitten by shark in Florida
12-year-old's foot possibly bitten by shark in Florida

A 12-year-old boy was bitten on the foot by something, possibly a shark, while bathing on Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday afternoon, Volusia County Beach Safety officials said.  The Gainesville boy was standing in waist-deep water around 2 p.m. at a beach when something bit him on the foot, “presumably a shark,” officials said. ...
RV crashes into building; 3 people hurt
RV crashes into building; 3 people hurt

An RV crashed into two cars and a building in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, injuring three people. At around 1 p.m., the vehicle suffered a mechanical failure while driving down Greentree Road, according to the city's Department of Public Safety. The driver lost control and the RV, and hit at least two cars on the road before slamming into the unoccupied...
Video allegedly shows jailer use Taser on inmate strapped to chair
Video allegedly shows jailer use Taser on inmate strapped to chair

Surveillance video obtained by WSB-TV allegedly shows a jailer in Polk County, Georgia, Tasing an inmate who was strapped to a chair. The inmate, Brandon Coffman, allegedly received burn scars from the incident, which took place in July 2016, according to WSB-TV.  Once the Polk County sheriff saw the video later that year, he fired supervisor...
Researchers use robots to grow mini-kidneys to help cure disease
Researchers use robots to grow mini-kidneys to help cure disease

Researchers at the University of Washington are growing organs that may someday safe your life. Benjamin Freedman is a scientist—but he may not be if it weren’t for his uncle. “The thing that really got me into it was my uncle had kidney disease at the time and I was thinking we’ve got to use these stem cell technologies to...
More Stories