For now, the Preakness Stakes will assume its usual spot following the Kentucky Derby, after Governor Larry Hogan announced last week the postponed race has been rescheduled for Oct. 3.
The Preakness, traditionally held on the third Saturday in May, and the Kentucky Derby, usually run on the first Saturday of May, were both postponed from their usually starting dates by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, that was May 2 for the Derby and May 16 for the Preakness. Hogan announced the new date for the Preakness on the day the race would have been held.
“Under normal circumstances, I would be standing at Pimlico … presenting the Woodlawn Trophy to the winner of the 145th Preakness Stakes,” Hogan said. “But as we all know, these are not ordinary circumstances.”
Currently, the parking lot of the Pimlico Race Course is being used as a drive-thru coronavirus testing center.
The Derby has been re-scheduled for Sept. 4, giving horses four weeks to recover between the Derby and the Preakness instead of the usual two weeks.
The third jewel of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, has been postponed from its scheduled June 6 start and has not yet been rescheduled.
Belmont traditionally has been run three weeks after the Preakness.
Infieldfest 2020, the usual gathering of tens of thousands of fans in the Pimlico infield for a massive open-air party, has already been cancelled.
Health conditions as the day of the race approaches will determine how the fans attending in the grandstand will be handled.
This year marks the 145th running of the Preakness Stakes, which was first run in 1873.