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Preakness Stakes

Preakness Stakes

  • Premiered: 
    May 15, 1948
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Sports
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Second race of the Triple Crown, following Kentucky Derby 
  • Subject Matter:
  • Tags: horse racing (thoroughbred)

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Plot Synopsis

First run in 1873, the PREAKNESS STAKES is hosted by Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, and is the second jewel in horse racing's Triple Crown. Pimlico hosted the first 17 races, until 1890-1908 when it was moved to Morris Park (New York) and Gravesend (Brooklyn), where the PREAKNESS STAKES was held only 16 of those 19 years. The race moved back to Pimlico in 1909, where it has been run every year since. The PREAKNESS STAKES was televised for the first time on May 15, 1948, with CBS providing live coverage to an estimated 2.75 million people living in homes "on a chain including Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, and New York," according to a May 15 report in the "San Antonio Light" newspaper.
On Saturday, October 3, 2020, NBC presented the 145th running of the PREAKNESS STAKES from 4:30-6pm ET/1:30-3pm PT with 5:45pm ET/2:45pm PT scheduled post time. This year's Preakness Stakes moved from May 16, and is the final race of the 2020 Triple Crown, marking the first time since 1931 that the Triple Crown races have not been run in the traditional Kentucky Derby-Preakness Stakes-Belmont Stakes sequence. In addition, this year's Preakness Stakes has been designated as a "Win and You're In" race for the Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 7 on NBC. Trainer Bob Baffert aims to win a record eighth Preakness Stakes with 2020 Kentucky Derby winner Authentic (the 9-to-5 morning line favorite) headlining the field, which also includes Art Collector (5-to-2), who was considered a Derby favorite before a minor foot problem prevented him from entering, and Swiss Skydiver (6-to-1), who can become the first filly to win the Preakness since 2009 (Rachel Alexandra). Musician and actor Wyclef Jean, a three-time Grammy Award winner, performs at Pimlico with a symphony orchestra and call Riders Up.

Coverage of the Preakness Stakes features host Ahmed Fareed and analyst Randy Moss from NBC Sports Group's International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Hall of Fame jockey and analyst Jerry Bailey and handicapper Eddie Olczyk join from their respective homes, while reporters Britney Eurton and Kenny Rice and race caller Larry Collmus will be on-site at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.



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Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • May 15, 1948: First live broadcast of a horse racing classic across several affiliates.