We knew this was coming after the rescheduling of the Kentucky Derby.
The 145th Preakness Stakes has been rescheduled for Oct. 3, an announcement delivered Saturday,Preakness was postponed April 3 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan disclosed the new date for the Preakness on NBC, which also had a hand in the decision because it televises the race.
”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. However, I am proud to make this announcement on behalf of the state, the Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland’s historic racing industry that Preakness 145 will be held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, on Oct. 3.’
The Preakness Stakes is the middle jewel of the Triple Crown and we should have word later this week on the Belmont stakes the final leg of the triple crown as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has authorize live horse racing in the state – without fans – beginning June 1.
NYRA CEO and President David O’Rourke, ”The NYRA will announce race dates and a corresponding stakes schedule for the 2020 spring/summer meet at Belmont Park in the very near future”.