What Time Does The Preakness Stakes Start This Year?

Written By Bill Gelman | Last Updated
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May is considered the biggest month of the year for American horse bettors. Here we are in 2023, and the Preakness Stakes is now just days away. It’s the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, and will take place at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. So what time does the Preakness start this year? How can I watch the Preakness on TV? We will answer those questions below and deliver information on ways you can bet on this year’s Preakness Stakes.

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What time does the Preakness start this year?

Getting a good spot in front of the TV is crucial when watching the Preakness Stakes. You will want to know just when to make your move to that prime spot on the couch. So what time does the Preakness start this year?

The Preakness will start at 7:01 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 20.

You may also be asking how long does the Preakness last? The race usually wraps up in just under 2 minutes. Last year’s winning horse had a victorious time of 1:54.54. So expect the Preakness Stakes to end around 7:03 p.m. ET or so.

Here are the Preakness start times by time zone.

  • Preakness Stakes Start Time Eastern: 7:01 p.m. ET
  • Start Time For Preakness Central: 6:01 p.m. ET
  • Preakness Stakes Start Time Mountain: 5:01 p.m. ET
  • Start Time For Preakness Pacific: 4:01 p.m. ET

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Post Position NumberHorse NamePreakness OddsTrainerJockey
1National Treasure5-2Bob BaffertJohn Velázquez
2Chase the Chaos7-1Ed Moger Jr. Sheldon Russell
3Mage2-1Gustavo Delgado Javier Castellano
4Coffeewithchris8-1John Salzman Jr. Jaime Rodriguez
5Red Route One6-1Steve AsmussenJoel Rosario
6Perform7-1Shug McGaughey Feargal Lynch
7Blazing Sevens4-1Chad BrownIrad Ortiz, Jr.
SCRFirst MissionSCRBrad Cox Luis Sáez

How to watch the 2023 Preakness

Like with the Kentucky Derby, NBC Sports will be handling the live 2023 Preakness Stakes coverage from Pimlico Race Course. Besides airing on NBC, you will be able to stream the Preakness on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and Peacock. NBC will release a detailed schedule as we get closer to race day.

Last year’s live broadcast included seven live races, four of which were on the NBC/Peacock Preakness Stakes show.

Where there be a Triple Crown contender in this year’s Preakness Stakes?

We will find out the answer after the Kentucky Derby takes place. Rich Strike, the 2022 Derby winner, skipped the Preakness but competed in the Belmont Stakes. Mandaloun was declared the 2021 Kentucky Derby winner after Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone. Mandaloun also skipped the Preakness.

Who was the last Triple Crown winner to race in the Preakness Stakes?

Believe it or not, the list of horse racing Triple Crown winners is an extremely short one dating back to 1919. Justify, the 2018 winner, is the last horse to accomplish this rare feat.