The date has been set for the 145th running of the Preakness Stakes. Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore announced horse racing’s top three-year-olds will compete for the Black-eyed Susans on October 3.
The move is great news for Triple Crown hopefuls. Instead of only two weeks between the first and second legs, horses will have a month between the Preakness and the Sept. 5 running of the Kentucky Derby.
As for the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs is preparing to host the event with fans, public relations director Darren Rogers said on “America’s Day at the Races” this afternoon. Pimlico also hopes to have fans in the stands for the Preakness. Of course, those plans are considered contingent at best right now. Only time will tell if it’s safe enough to host large gatherings this fall.
Today marked the first time in 145 years that Churchill Downs raced without spectators. The scene was surreal as Steve Buttleman performed the call to the post.
— Churchill Downs PR (@DerbyMedia) May 16, 2020
It is safe enough to resume horse racing in the state of New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that racing can return without fans and with restrictions beginning June 1. It’s unclear when Belmont Park officials hope to set a date for the traditional third leg of the Triple Crown.