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Updated Preview of the 149th Preakness Stakes: Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan the Favorite

With the scratch of heavily favored Muth yesterday, the pundits are touting the 149th Preakness Stakes as one of the most wide open in recent history. The morning-line odds reflect that sentiment.

The winner of the Kentucky Derby, Mystik Dan (8-5), is now the favorite in the field of eight horses.

Read More: Muth scratched from the Preakness

Should Mystik Dan win The Preakness, he will head to Saratoga for the Belmont with an opportunity to claim horse racing’s Triple Crown. That said, the journey will not be easy for the Derby winner as he will be racing on just two weeks of rest for the second time in his career. Mystik Dan finished fifth in an allowance race at Churchill Downs two weeks after winning a maiden special weight event in November of last year. No question Trainer Kenny McPeek is hoping for a better result this weekend.

Tuscan Gold (9-2), Imagination (3-1), and Catching Freedom (7-2) are also among the favorites in the now 8-horse field.

Coverage of the 2024 Preakness Stakes will begin on NBC and Peacock at 4:30P ET. Post time for is slated for 6:50P ET on Saturday.

Bet the Edge is your source for the day in sports betting. Get all of Jay Croucher and Drew Dinsick’s insight throughout the Triple Crown season weekdays at 6AM ET right here or wherever you get your podcasts.

CNBC and Peacock will carry the early afternoon races from Pimlico beginning at 1:30P ET. Viewers can also stream Preakness coverage on Peacock,, and the NBC Sports app.

The Tale of the Tape for the 149th Preakness Stakes

What: The 149th Preakness Stakes
When: Saturday, May 18, 2024
Where: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD
Distance: 1 3/16 miles (9.5 furlongs)
Purse: $2,000,000
Post Time: 6:50P ET
Weather Forecast: 74 degrees but a 40% chance of showers
Network: NBC (beginning at 4:30P ET)
Streaming: Peacock

Looking to place a wager on The Preakness or simply interested in learning more about the horses in the field for Saturday’s Preakness? Read below for a quick synopsis of each horse along with highlights from a recent race and analysis from the host of Bet the EDGE, Drew Dinsick.

**Please note Drew’s analysis of each horse was offered prior to the scratch of the favorite, Muth.

Uncle Heavy (20-1)
Catching Freedom (7-2)
Mystik Dan (8-5)
Seize the Grey (12-1)
Just Steel (12-1)
Tuscan Gold (9-2)
Imagination (3-1)

Watch The Preakness Stakes on NBC. Enjoy a couple of sweats but please bet responsibly.