The 2012 Preakness Stakes will take place this Saturday, May 19th at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland. You can watch it on NBC.
There were originally three horses with Arizona-connections, but only two remain. All three hoses were trained by Arizona-born owner Bob Baffert. Bodemeister was the Kentucky Derby runner-up and probably has the strongest chance of winning the Preakness based on previous results. Liaison is the other Baffert-owned horse that ran at Churchill Downs, and finished sixth at the Derby, and it might be a great underdog pick for those of you looking for under-the-radar horses. The other horse (and new entry; it didn't compete in the Derby) is Paynter, but Baffert said that the horse actually would not compete at the end.
Here is the schedule of events for this week concerning the Pimlico races, including times, races, and TV information (with the Preakness being the next-to-last race).
Race Schedule and Conditions
|18-May||2||12:30||HRTV||Jockey Challenge R1||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|18-May||3||1:00||HRTV||Jockey Challenge R2||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|18-May||4||1:30||HRTV||Lady Legends Race||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|18-May||5||2:02||HRTV||Jockey Challenge R3||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|18-May||7||3:06||HRTV||Jockey Challenge R4||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|18-May||8||3:39||HRTV||Ms Preakness Stakes||3yo, f||6.0||Dirt|
|18-May||9||4:11||NBCSN||The Very One||3up, f&m||5.0||Turf|
|18-May||10||4:46||NBCSN||G1-Black Eyed Susan||3yo, f||9.0||Dirt|
|18-May||11||5:18||HRTV||Jim McKay Turf Sprint||3up||5.0||Turf|
|19-May||4||12:37||HRTV||G3-DuPont Distaff||3up, f&m||8.5||Dirt|
|19-May||6||1:50||HRTV||James W. Murphy||3yo||8.0||Turf|
For full 2012 Peakness Stakes analysis, don't miss SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come.