On Saturday, a field of 13 three-year-old horses will run in the 144th Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.
Of course, there's no Triple Crown in play this year, as Kentucky Derby winner Country House won't be running.
Here, we'll take a quick look at the total purse and odds for the biggest field since 2011.
Date: Saturday, May 18
Location: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore
Post Time: 6:48 p.m. ET
Distance: 1 3/16 mile (9 1/2 furlongs)
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live
Total Purse: $1,500,000
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The first Preakness took place in 1873, with a $2,050 purse, per America's Best Racing.
This Preakness is Race 13 out of 14 on Saturday, with the first race of the nine stakes beginning at 10:30 a.m. In total, there is $2.65 million on the line for the day's events.
For the Preakness specifically, the $1.5 million purse will break down as follows:
- 1st place: $900,000
- 2nd place: $300,000
- 3rd place: $165,000
- 4th place: $90,000
- 5th place: $45,000
The highest win payout ever was $48.80, when 23-1 Master Derby won in 1975, per America's Best Racing.
In 2018, $93,655,128 was bet on the Preakness, the third-highest handle in the race's history. However, with Justify running after his Kentucky Derby win, the Triple Crown was on the line.
The winner in 2019 will also earn the Woodlawn Vase, originally designed by Tiffany and Co., touted by Preakness officials as "the most expensive trophy in American sports."
Odds via SportsLine and current as of Wednesday.