Preakness 2019: Post Time, TV Schedule And Race Live Stream

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - MAY 16: Improbable is led back to the barn after training on the track during a training session for the upcoming Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 16, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Rob Carr/Getty Images

The 2019 Preakness Stakes takes place on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, with Improbable and War Of Will expected to battle it out for glory.

Improbable, who ran well in the Kentucky Derby to finish fourth, is set to start as the favourite and has picked up an ideal post draw with No. 4.

War of Will was hindered by Maximum Security at Churchill Downs and finished in seventh; a draw on the rail for him is unlikely to enhance his chances.

While the Derby winner—Country House—not being involved in the Preakness does take some gloss off the occasion, this race should be an absorbing watch in its own right.

Here are the details of how to tune in to the action on NBC Sports, as well as a preview and predictions of what's to come.

       

Date: Saturday, May 18

Race Time: 6:48 p.m. (ET)

Coverage begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday on NBCSN before switching to NBC from 5 p.m. The action will also be available to watch via the NBC Sports app.

           

Preview

Here is how the field will line up for Saturday's race following the post position draw:

Preakness Stakes @PreaknessStakes

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With the top three horses from the Run for the Roses not involved at Pimlico, there is a chance for others to claim victory in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

As the highest finisher from Churchill Downs in the field, it's easy to see why Improbable is set to lead the market. He was expected to go well in the Derby, with a win at the Grade 1 Cash Call Futurity on his record from December.

Here is a reminder of what was an impressive performance that day:

The Run for the Roses was the first time the Bob Baffert-trained colt had been beaten, although the high-class field, tough conditions and congested finish meant an eventual fourth place was no disgrace.

Ahead of the Preakness, Baffert sought to calm expectations around the colt, suggesting he shouldn't be clear favourite:

Tim Wilkin @tjwilkin

Bob Baffert, not at the @PreaknessStakes draw. Speaking from California after his Improbable was made 5-2 ML choice in @PreaknessStakes:: "I would not make him the heavy favorite. He is a nice horse, but I have never brought a horse to the Preakness off three straight losses."

Still, the legendary trainer has a tremendous record in this event and will be seeking a record eighth Preakness win this weekend. In the saddle, Improbable will have one of the best operators around in Mike Smith, after he rode Justify to the Triple Crown in 2018.

War Of Will should be the closest rival to Improbable. He was hindered by Maximum Security—who crossed the line first in the Derby before being disqualified—at Churchill Downs, although he was still able to finish strongly following the interference. 

A tough trip in the Derby started after being drawn on the rail for War Of Will, and trainer Mark Casse was dismayed when the horse drew the same spot again for the Preakness:

Jay Privman @DRFPrivman

Mark Casse told me "anything but 1" prior to the draw. War of Will just got 1, as in the Derby. Casse just shook his head. https://t.co/722dyPrTVV

Horse racing writer Ed DeRosa commented on how unfortunate War Of Will has been in his Triple Crown race draws:

Ed DeRosa @EJXD2

*259-1. 20 entered the Derby tho 19 started h/t @Gorgonzola44

Having one of the favourites tucked inside may open up the race for the rest of the field, meaning some outsiders will fancy their chances, especially if the Derby runners are a little weary after a challenging race two weeks ago.

In Post 5, Owendale comes into the Preakness in good form after a win in the Lexington Stakes, while Warrior's Charge has sampled victory in both of his last two outings.

Even with fatigue potentially coming into play, though, the favourites should be too strong for the chasing pack. With War Of Will on the rail, Improbablewith his natural speed and the savviness of Smithcan hold off the rest of the field.

      

Picks: 1. Improbable, 2. Warrior's Charge, 3. War Of Will

Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2836758-preakness-start-time-2019-nbc-tv-schedule-live-stream-info-and-picks

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