The Maryland Jockey Club refuted a report that the Preakness Stakes will be held on Oct. 3, saying the organization is still searching for a date for the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown.
An earlier story from WBAL-TV, citing corporate partner NBC Sports, said the race would run on the first Saturday in October. (The station’s story has since been updated.)
“At this point, there is no definitive date set and we continue to explore options,” Stronach Group, which owns the Maryland Jockey Club, said in a statement. “Once a date for Preakness 145 has been finalized, an official announcement will be made.”
However, the Associated Press is reporting Oct. 3 is one of three dates under consideration for the race, which was originally scheduled for May 16. The other options being weighed are in July and August.
The Stronach Group has already taken the step of canceling InfieldFest, the annual multi-stage concert attracting thousands of fans and party-goers, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rapper DaBaby and EDM artist Marshmello were two of the headliners scheduled to perform.
The Kentucky Derby, originally scheduled for May 2, has already been postponed to Sept. 5–a date that was chosen to accommodate the large crowds descending on Louisville.
Traditionally, the Preakness is two weeks after the Derby, and the Belmont Stakes is three weeks after the Preakness.
An Oct. 3 race would have put the Preakness Stakes in the spot ordinarily reserved for the final leg in the Triple Crown, while July or August would place it first or second in the order.
Per the AP, the New York Racing Association is still working on a date for the Belmont Stakes.
“A determination about the timing of the 2020 Belmont Stakes will be made only after we have clarity on the opening of the Belmont [Park] spring/summer meet,” spokesman Pat McKenna said.
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