Your Preview for the 141st Preakness Stakes

Posted by Aaron . on May 13, 2016 in

The Preakness Stakes is the second of the three major horse races that make up the Triple Crown, falling between the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. The winner of the 2016 Kentucky Derby, Nyquist, is currently a heavy favorite to win the Preakness as well.

Post positions will be released for the race on Wednesday, May 18. Before we get to an early preview, though, here are some things about the Preakness Stakes that you might not have known. Find the latest horse racing online betting odds here.

Your Preview for the 141st Preakness Stakes

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016, 6:20pm Eastern time (approx.)
Where: Pimlico Racetrack, Baltimore
TV: NBC
Radio: None
Live Stream: NBC Sports Horse Racing Live Extra

 

 

The Preakness Stakes takes its name from the horse that won the first stakes in the history of Pimlico, back on May 27, 1873.

Sometimes people call the Preakness Stakes the “Run for the Black-Eyed Susans.” The race staff will place a blanket of Viking daisies, which have been altered to look like Black-eyed Susans, around the neck of the winner. This is the state flower of Maryland, but they have to use Viking daisies because the blooms are not in season when the Preakness is run.

If you go to the Preakness Stakes, you’ll see that the official drink is the “Black-Eyed Susan” — or orange juice and vodka, which you may also know as the Screwdriver.

The day before the Preakness is “Black-Eyed Susan Day” at Pimlico. You’ll find the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes for three-year-old fillies and personal appearances by some of the more noted female jockeys, as well as other entertainment.

The surface at Pimlico is dirt and turf, and the layout is a one-mile oval that is 70 feet wide, and the homestretch is 1,152 feet long. The main track is seven furlongs of turf. The record has stood since 1973, when Secretariat finished in 1:53.00. The record crowd came in 2015, when 131,680 people crowded the stands to see American Pharaoh take the title.

So what about Nyquist?

Well, he’s never lost. Not once. His record is even better than American Pharaoh, who finally ended that Triple Crown drought in 2015. Nyquist has never even seen a real challenge. Exaggerator, who has finished as his runner-up in two other races, is likely to be in the Preakness. The Preakness is shorter than the Kentucky Derby, though, and Exaggerator tends to be a late finisher, which means he might not kick in full gear in time to catch Nyquist.

Songbird had to miss the Kentucky Oaks because of a fever, and this might be the most talented three-year-old horse in the bunch. She could run, and she wouldn’t be the first female Preakness champ, as Rachel Alexandra took the title in 2009. However, let’s take a look at some of the early odds for Nyquist and the other contenders:

Nyquist 9-5
Exaggerator 4-1
Mohaymen 5-1
Gun Runner 6-1
Collected 8-1
Sharp Azteca 10-1
Laoban 12-1
American Freedom 13-1