The Preakness Stakes has a new date for 2020. The 145th running of the Triple Crown race will take place Oct. 3, 2020, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced May 16.
The 2020 Preakness was originally scheduled to be run on May 16, but it was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. In place of the race, NBC aired an hourlong special, “The Middle Jewel: American Pharoah’s Run to the Triple Crown,” which showcased the thoroughbred’s dominating win in the 2015 Preakness.
During the special, Hogan announced the new date for the race.
“Under normal circumstances, I would be standing at Pimlico with you, presenting the Woodlawn Trophy to the winner of the 145th Preakness Stakes,” Hogan said. “But as we all know, these are not ordinary circumstances.”
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The Kentucky Derby was already rescheduled for Sept. 5, four weeks before the rescheduled Preakness. The third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, N.Y., has yet to be rescheduled. It was scheduled for June 6.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said May 16 that horse racing at tracks across the state will be allowed to resume June 1 without spectators.
When is Preakness Stakes 2020?
The 2020 Preakness Stakes will now be run on Oct. 3, 2020. The event normally takes place on the third Saturday in May but this year’s race has been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Where will Preakness Stakes 2020 be held?
The Preakness Stakes will be held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
What is the distance of the Preakness Stakes 2020?
The Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown, is 9.5 furlongs long, or an official distance of 1 3/16 miles. The 2020 Preakness will be the 145th running of “The People’s Race.” The first running of the race was in 1873.