Preakness Set for October 3

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By Emily Shields

The 2020 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course will have a new date, Pimlico officials announced on Saturday. The race, which was originally slated for May 16, has been postponed to October 3.

That puts it four weeks later than the 2020 Kentucky Derby on September 5. That historic race was originally scheduled for May 2. Officials at the New York Racing Association have yet to reveal a new date for the Belmont Stakes, which is scheduled for June 6. It is likely to be run later in the summer.

This will be the 145th running of the Preakness Stakes. Last year, 131,256 people in attendance saw War of Will defeat Derby winner Country House in the 1 3/16th mile race. Other recent winners include Triple Crown heroes Justify (2018) and American Pharoah (2015). Leading trainer Bob Baffert, who has top sophomores in Nadal, Charlatan, and Authetnic, has already won the race seven times. That number ties the current record, with the other seven-time winner being Robert Wyndham Walden in the late 1800s.

The October 3 Preakness puts it five weeks before the scheduled Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland to take place over November 6 and 7.

Racing has been on hold in Maryland but could resume as early as May 22 after stay at home orders were lifted May 15.

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