The 2014 Preakness schedule on Saturday, May 17, features far more than the headline race.
A total of 13 races will be run on the dirt of Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, nine of which will be stakes races and four graded.
Here are start times for the undercard events and the 139th running of Preakness Stakes, as well as which television networks will cover them (according to Preakness.com).
|10:45 a.m.||1st Undercard|
|6:18 a.m.||Preakness Stakes|
|Network||Coverage Time (ET)|
|NBC||4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.|
|NBC Sports||1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.|
|HRTV||10:10 a.m. to 7 p.m.|
|2||Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap|
|5||Maryland Sprint Handicap|
|6||Very One Stakes|
|7||Chick Lang Stakes|
|8||James W. Murphy Stakes|
|10||Sir Barton Stakes|
When the evening of the Preakness Stakes finally arrives, Kentucky Derby champion California Chrome will attempt to keep his team's Triple Crown dreams alive. Oddsmakers project the horse will do just that.
Claire Novak of Blood-Horse tweeted a photograph of the odds as well as the pole positions for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
California Chrome is a major favorite at 3-5 odds despite the Associated Press' report saying that the horse is being treated for a cough, which resulted from a blister in its throat (h/t ESPN). Of course, the blister sure didn't seem to negatively effect California Chrome's ability to compete earlier this month.
California chrome, the Kentucky derby winner, has a blister in his throat... That's going to make him a little horse— Hank McLeod (@Hankmcleod33) May 16, 2014
No horse has won the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. But just recently, a horse won the first two legs, with I'll Have Another doing so in 2012.
He didn't get a chance to make history, though. Tendinitis sidelined I'll Have Another at the Belmont Stakes.
A blister in his throat is unlikely to sideline California Chrome at the Belmont should he win on Saturday. Gary Mihoces of USA Today reported that the horse's assistant trainer, Alan Sherman, claimed the horse is "completely fine."
Again, oddsmakers seem to believe him. As long as California Chrome doesn't break out into a cough in the middle of the race, he'll likely prove his trainer right.
At least the horse's team will have plenty of time to tend to him during the undercard events.
David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report and editor at Wade-O Radio.