It’s never easy being the middle child in a family of three. You don’t have the status of being first or the novelty of being third.
Now you know what preakness must feel like.
Now it’s time for all the middle kids out there to support the second half of the Triple Crown. Or maybe you just like horse racing. Or maybe you just want to bet. Whatever the reason, you need to know what time the Saturday Preakness is and where to see it?
Let’s get to that question first before venturing back into sibling rivalry.
If you’re in Los Angeles Times country, you can expect the race to start at 4:01 p.m. PT, although we’re accounting for all of the country’s LAT country. and it will be available on NBC affiliate Channel 4 and, of course, streaming service Peacock, whose naming origins are likely to escape anyone under 60.
If we move east one zone, to the Rocky Mountain time zone, it’s 5:01 p.m. We choose Denver as our signature city and you can watch the race on Channel 9.
Skip another time zone and head to the Central, it’s 6:01pm and everyone knows the city to watch out for. There is Chicago where it can be found on Channel 5.
And finally, for those of you who might even be in Baltimore or the city of New York, the race will take place locally at 7:01 p.m. It’s Channel 4 in New York or Channel 11 in Baltimore.
Let’s talk local time in Baltimore. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. ET on CNBC. Since it’s the weekend, there may not be that pesky stock crawl at the bottom. The major network NBC starts at 4:30 p.m. and goes until 7:30 p.m. You can imagine the conversion.
If you want to catch the early races, FanDuel TV offers Pimlico and a bunch of other tracks. Once the rights holders’ time has been reached, FanDuel will no longer broadcast the races live.
We promised you more on the subject of sibling rivalry. So here it is. Last year, in a Preakness story, we included this comparison of the Triple Crown to the kids on the now-defunct show Modern Family. This is the creation of Ron Flatter, Editor-in-Chief of the Horse Racing Nation website.
“The Kentucky Derby is like Haley Dunphy, the glamorous, very pretty, maybe not the brightest, but the one who’s getting the most public interest,” Flatter said.
“The Belmont Stakes is like Luke Dunphy, precocious but sometimes it gives you moments of shine and sometimes you’re like, ‘What’s he thinking?’
“The Preakness is like Alex Dunphy. She is the one who will never let you down. She is reliable. It always delivers something smart, something intelligent, something where you say, “We can shape the future here.” But often the child is forgotten because it’s the middle child.”
So well put.
OK, the number one storyline that people will be watching for preakness, and no doubt endless NBC features, is Mage, the winner of the Kentucky Derby. When he won, it was the first time in more than 50 years that the winning owner, trainer and jockey were all Latinos. Mage is starting to gain traction in the Latino community because it’s an entertaining story to stand behind.
There are only eight horses in the race and honestly it’s not a very good race. It is the first time since 1948 that only one horse from the Kentucky Derby has entered the Preakness. The reason is because Citation was the horse. The reason is that the coaches just don’t like taking a two-week break this year.
More importantly, the official drink of the Preakness is the Black-Eyed Susan. The most popular way of preparing it is using orange and pineapple juice and orange liqueur and mixing it with vodka or rum.