Preakness Schedule 2014: Race Times, Undercard Events and TV Coverage Info

David DanielsSenior Writer IMay 16, 2014

Exercise rider Willie Delgado gallops Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled for May 17 at Pimlico. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
Garry Jones/Associated Press

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).

Preakness Day Race Times
Post TimeRace
10:45 a.m.1st Undercard
6:18 a.m.Preakness Stakes
Preakness.com
Preakness Day TV Schedule
NetworkCoverage Time (ET)
NBC4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
NBC Sports1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
HRTV10:10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Preakness.com
Preakness Day Undercard
Race No.Race
2Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap
5Maryland Sprint Handicap
6Very One Stakes
7Chick Lang Stakes
8James W. Murphy Stakes
9Gallorette Handicap
10Sir Barton Stakes
11Dixie Stakes
Preakness.com

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.

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.