With a new date for the race still up in the air, organizers of the Preakness Stakes are celebrating the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown on May 16, the originally scheduled day, with an at-home party.
NBC Sports will air a replay of the 2015 race from 5-6 p.m., after which the Maryland Jockey Club will stream exclusive footage on Facebook and “celebrate everything that makes the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown #SecondToNone.”
In the 2015 edition, American Pharoah romped home in the slop on his way to becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
Starting today, fans can vote on the All-Time Greatest winner of the Preakness Stakes in a March Madness-style bracket. The winner will be revealed on May 16.
On April 3, the Stronach Group, owner of the Maryland Jockey Club, said it was postponing the race and cancelling InfieldFest, the annual concert and party that draws thousands of fans and party-goers. Rapper DaBaby and EDM artist Marshmello were two of the headliners scheduled to perform at the concert.
Last week a report came out that the Preakness would be held on Oct. 3, but the Associated Press later clarified that is one date being considered along with options in July and August.
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 that descend on Louisville each year.
Traditionally, the Preakness is two weeks after the Derby, and the Belmont Stakes is three weeks after the Preakness. But that lineup only came into existence in the 1930s.
Before that, the Preakness has been held before the Derby 11 times in its history, and there are two instances when both races were held on the same day, according to a history of the race.
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