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New Date Set for Preakness 145
Mike Smith aboard Justify after winning the 2018 Preakness (Credit: Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

New Date Set for Preakness 145

BALTIMORE, MD – 1/ST Chairman and President Belinda Stronach together with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced today that Preakness 145 will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

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The announcement was made during NBC Sports’ nationally-televised broadcast, The Middle Jewel: American Pharoah’s Run to the Triple Crown. The Preakness Stakes, typically held on the third Saturday in May, was postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and, as previously announced, will not include InfieldFest. Plans for Black Eyed Susan Day, traditionally held the day before the Preakness, will be announced at a later time.

“Under normal circumstances, I would have stood today at Pimlico Race Course with Ms. Stronach to present the Woodlawn Vase to the winner of the 145 Preakness Stakes. But, as we all know, these are not ordinary circumstances,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “I am delighted that we were successful in working with 1/ST, the Maryland Jockey Club and all who are connected to Maryland’s Thoroughbred racing industry to set the new date of October 3.”

“We all wish we could have been together today to celebrate the Preakness but we stayed home and stayed safe and now we can look forward to Preakness 145 on October 3,” said Belinda Stronach, 1/ST Chairman and President. “I would like to thank Governor Hogan and all of the state and local leaders along with our industry stakeholders, racetrack communities and partners, including our broadcast partner NBC Sports, for the ongoing support and commitment to racing in Maryland.”

NBC Sports will partner with 1/ST to air a live broadcast of Preakness 145 beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 3.

“We look forward to presenting the 145 Preakness Stakes in a prime spot on our fall sports schedule,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC Sports & NBCSN. “We can’t wait to embrace racing at Pimlico when the leaves are changing colors.”

More details on Preakness 145 and the 96th Black Eyed Susan Stakes will be released in the coming months.

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