What You Need To Know About The Preakness Stakes on May 15

Mark your calendars for Saturday May 15th when Medina Spirit tries to follow up his Kentucky Derby victory May 1 with a win in the 146th Preakness Stakes at Baltimore’s historic Pimlico Racecourse.

Medina Spirit (inside) in deep stretch en route to a Kentucky Derby win May 1 at Churchill Downs (Coady Photography).

Bob Baffert, Medina Spirit’s trainer, won his seventh Derby at Churchill Downs and he already has seven Preakness titles under his belt. Post time for the big race, to be run at 1 3/16ths miles, is at 6:48 PM. First race at Pimlico on that stakes-filled day is 10:30 AM. 

NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will have coverage from 2-5 PM, then NBC takes over from 5:00 – 7:15 PM. 

On Friday May 14th — the afternoon prior — Pimlico hosts Black Eyed Susan Day with a first post of 11:30 AM. Advance Preakness betting is available this day at all Virginia land based and online betting outlets.

Medina Spirit heads back to his stall after a big Derby win (Coady Photography).

Wagering is available at VA-Horseplay Off Track Betting Centers in Henrico (Breakers) and Chesapeake (Buckets), at Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent, at Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums in Richmond, Vinton, Hampton and Dumfries, and online via TVG.com, Xpressbet.com, Twinspires.com and NYRABets.com.

The Breakers OTB site features a walk-up betting tent on their outdoor patio which fans can access from the sidewalk in front of the building. This was a very popular option with horseplayers on Derby Day and is expected to be on Preakness Day.

Preakness Day at Pimlico will be held with limited spectators this year

Here is the Pimlico stakes lineup for both days: 

Saturday May 15:

*$1,000,000 Preakness Stakes (Gr. I)

*$250,000 Dinner Party Stakes (Gr. 2)

*$200,000 Chick Lang Stakes (Gr. 3)*$150,000 Gallorette Stakes (Gr. 3)

*$150,000 Maryland Sprint Stakes (Gr. 3)

*Plus these four $100,000 stakes: The James W. Murphy, Jim McKay Turf Sprint, Sir Barton and Skipat

Friday May 14

*$250,000 Black Eyed Susan Stakes (Gr. 2) 

*$250,000 Pimlico Special (Gr. 3)

*$150,000 Miss Preakness Stakes (Gr. 3)

*$150,000 Allaire duPont Distaff (Gr. 3)

*$100,000 Hilltop Stakes

*$100,000 The Very One Stakes