The Stronach Group (which operates Pimlico Race Course) chairman and president Belinda Stronach, along with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced on Saturday that Preakness 145 will be held on Saturday, October 3rd at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
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, only essential racing personnel will allowed on the property at Pimlico.
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 (Saturday) at Pimlico Race Course with Ms. Stronach to present the Woodlawn Vase to the Winner of the 145th Preakness Stakes. But, as we all know, these are not ordinary circumstances,” said Governor Hogan. “I am delighted that we were successful in working with the Stronach Group, the Maryland Jockey Club and all who are connected to Maryland’s Thoroughbred racing industry to set the new date of October 3rd.”
“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 3rd,” said Ms.Stronach. “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 the Stronach Group to air a live broadcast of Preakness 145 beginning at 4:30 on October 3rd.
“We look forward to presenting the 145th 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.”
No definitive date has been proposed by the New York Racing Association in regard to the running of the (normally) third jewel of the Triple Crown– The Belmont Stakes.