Preakness 2013 Weather: Latest Reports and Conditions from Pimlico

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03:  A rain soaked track runs during the morning exercise session in preparation for the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The excitement over the 138th edition of the Preakness Stakes is through the roof, but the focus for many of the jockeys and their respective teams has turned to Mother Nature and what role she will play in Saturday’s marquee race.

Pimlico Race Course is one of the most beautiful venues in the world, and with rain possible for the event dampening the spirits of those attending and those watching at home, the hope is that the weather will hold off long enough to get the track as dry as possible in order to have the best race possible.

Where: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md.

When: Saturday, May 18

Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET

Purse: $1 million

Watch: NBC

Live Stream: NBC Sports

Kentucky Derby winner Orb won his biggest race on the wet surface of Churchill Downs, so if the horse wants to win the second leg of the Triple Crown, he’ll have to overcome both the track conditions and a stellar field.

Horses like Departing, Goldencents and Mylute are all serious contenders coming into Saturday, and Orb’s run to a victory will not be as easy as many thought.

If you will be attending the festivities at Pimlico Race Course or watching on television, be conscious of the weather and the havoc it could wreak on race day at the Preakness Stakes.