The 2021 Preakness Stakes have been a hot topic in the sports world this week. After Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failed his post-Derby drug test, many wondered if his Triple Crown push would end before it even started.
On Tuesday, Pimlico officials eased concerns by announcing that they would allow Medina Spirit to race Saturday. With Triple Crown glory back at stake, here’s how you can tune into the second leg this weekend:
How can I watch the 2021 Preakness Stakes?
The 146th Preakness Stakes will be held on Saturday, May 15. Coverage begins on NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app at 2 p.m. ET then moves to NBC at 5 p.m. ET.
What is the start time for the 2021 Preakness Stakes?
There are races throughout the day, and the post time for the Preakness is set for approximately 6:50 p.m. ET.
What will the weather be for the Preakness Stakes?
The weather will be gorgeous for the 146th running of the Preakness Stakes. The Weather Channel projects a partly cloudy day with a high of 69 degrees Fahrenheit and 53 percent humidity.
How many fans will attend?
After allowing only owners, trainers and essential personnel on the grounds in 2020, Pimlico will admit 10,000 fans and follow social distancing protocols. InfieldFest will not take place this year given those protocols, but Preakness LIVE will be livestreamed concurrently with the NBC broadcast and feature musical guests.
Will Medina Spirit race in the 2021 Preakness Stakes?
Medina Spirit will participate in the Preakness Stakes after a week of controversy over a failed drug test at the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Bob Baffert did not travel to Baltimore with the horse in order to avoid being a distraction as Churchill Downs investigates the matter. Baffert has denied any wrongdoing, and Pimlico officials say they will allow Medina Spirit to race after additional testing and monitoring.
What are the current odds for the Preakness Stake?
With Medina Spirit confirmed as a participant in the Preakness, he opens as the 9-5 favorite. Another Baffert horse, Concert Tour, sits at 5-2 odds, and will have Triple Crown winner Mike Smith as his jockey.
Here’s the full start list and current odds for the Preakness.
1. Ram (30-1)
2. Keepmeinmind (15-1)
3. Medina Spirit (9-5) – Morning-line favorite
4. Crowded Trade (10-1)
5. Midnight Bourbon (5-1)
6. Rombauer (12-1)
7. France Go de Ina (20-1)
8. Unbridled Honor (15-1)
9. Risk Taking (15-1)
10. Concert Tour (5-2)