What Time Does The Preakness Stakes Start, End?

Posted By Matt Burke on May 15, 2021

The Preakness Stakes is back in its usual spot on the sports calendar in 2021 as it will go off on the third Saturday in May. The May 15 race is the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown and there will be heavy wagering interest, per usual, in the event. If you are placing pre-race wagers on the Run for the Black Eyed Susans you may be wondering, what time does the Preakness Stakes start? We will answer that here and also dish out the latest odds on the race when they are made available.

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What time does the Preakness Stakes start, end?

Wondering what time does the Preakness Stakes start this year? The big race is back in its traditional time slot for 2021 as the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown has a set post time of 6:47 p.m. ET. So, if you’re on the West Coast this means it begins at 3:47 p.m., if you’re in the Rocky Mountain time zone it’s 4:47 p.m. and if you’re in the Midwest have your bets in by 5:47 p.m.

Last year the race started at 5:40 p.m. ET because it occurred in October. Of course, it starts to get dark in the late afternoon/early evening during the fall months. But no need to worry about that this year as we’re back on the usual schedule, with the Preakness taking place in May and just before 7 p.m. ET.

As for what time does the Preakness Stakes end, you can expect the race to last just under two minutes. Last year’s winner, Swiss Skydiver, won with a time of 1:53.28. So, expect everything to be wrapped up around 6:49 p.m. ET.

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Preakness Stakes odds

Odds for the 2021 Preakness Stakes have been posted at TVG. Click on the odds below to bet now. The Preakness is preceded by the Kentucky Derby – which took place May 1 – and is followed by the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes. The Belmont is also back in its normal position on the calendar as it will go off on the first Saturday in June.

PostHorseMorning Line oddsFinal Preakness oddsJockeyTrainer
1.Ram30-113-1Ricardo Santana Jr.D. Wayne Lukas
2.Keepmeinmind15-113-1David CohenRobertino Diodoro
3.Medina Spirit9-52-1John VelazquezBob Baffert
4. Crowded Trade10-18-1Javier CastellanoChad Brown
5.Midnight Bourbon5-13-1Irad Ortiz Jr.Steve Asmussen
6.Rombauer12-111-1Flavien PratMike McCarthy
7.France Go de Ina20-122-1Joel RosarioHideyuki Mori
8.Unbridled Honor15-112-1Luis SaezTodd Pletcher
9.Risk Taking15-113-1Jose OrtizChad Brown
10.Concert Tour5-27-2Mike SmithBob Baffert
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Matt Burke is the Sports Editor and Head of Evergreen/SEO Content at TheLines.com. He is the Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of MetroBet, a digital and print sports betting platform, and was the Executive Sports Editor at Metro US Newspapers (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) from 2014-2020. Matt has covered Super Bowls and Final Fours, and his work has appeared for Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, the Eagle Tribune, Gloucester Daily Times and Newburyport Daily News. Matt is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

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