The Preakness Stakes doesn’t boast the same pageantry as the Kentucky Derby, but it is the second chapter in California Chrome’s quest for the Triple Crown. All the attention will be on the horses, of course, but the conditions will play a large role in how the race unfolds—so here’s the latest from Pimlico, including where and when you should tune in.
Where: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore
Post Time: Saturday, May 17 at 6:18 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
The track was graced with approximately two inches of rain on Friday morning—muddying the works and making the track a general mess.
This picture of Dave Weaver reporting for TVG Features should give you an idea of what Friday was like at the venue:
Lamont Williams of ABC2 News shared this photo of the conditions down on the track:
Fortunately for those in attendance and the horses themselves, those conditions have changed dramatically to give us beautiful racing conditions.
Brian Lada of AccuWeather.com shares his meteorological take on the forecast:
Following a soaking rain on Friday, drier weather has made a return to Baltimore just in time for the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes.
The rain-free weather and a breeze from the west will help to dry the track surface after nearly two inches of rain soaked the area on Friday.
Post time for Saturday's Preakness is 6:18 p.m. EDT, with temperatures at race time in the upper 60s.
Those headed to the track can expect temperatures to climb through the 60s as the day progresses, making a run towards 70F in the late afternoon.
In fact, Chris Dachille of WBAL-TV suggested that this might be the nicest weather the Preakness Stakes has ever seen:
Quite possibly the best weather ever for a Preakness Stakes. An absolutely glorious day in Baltimore. Good luck to all.— Chris Dachille (@WBALDash) May 17, 2014
Muddy conditions mean a greater chance of slips and falls and adds another variable into the chaos of the race. After a scare on Friday, the track will be nice and dry, allowing the horses to get good footing and generate some speed. Fans at the race track should enjoy themselves—as if they weren’t going to already—and we should have a good race on our hands.