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Preakness Stakes

Preakness Stakes

  • Premiered: 
    May 15, 1948
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Sports
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Second race of the Triple Crown, following Kentucky Derby 
  • Subject Matter:
  • Tags: horse racing (thoroughbred)

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Plot Synopsis

First run in 1873, the PREAKNESS STAKES is hosted by Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, and is the second jewel in horse racing's Triple Crown. Pimlico hosted the first 17 races, until 1890-1908 when it was moved to Morris Park (New York) and Gravesend (Brooklyn), where the PREAKNESS STAKES was held only 16 of those 19 years. The race moved back to Pimlico in 1909, where it has been run every year since. The PREAKNESS STAKES was televised for the first time on May 15, 1948, with CBS providing live coverage to an estimated 2.75 million people living in homes "on a chain including Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, and New York," according to a May 15 report in the "San Antonio Light" newspaper.
On Saturday, May 20, 2017, NBC Sports Group presented 4.5 hours of coverage of the 142nd running of the PREAKNESS STAKES, beginning at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PT on NBCSN and continuing from 5-7:15pm ET/2-4:15pm PT on NBC, featuring co-hosts Bob Costas and Mike Tirico; analysts Randy Moss, Jerry Bailey, Eddie Olczyk, and Bob Neumeier; reporters Donna Brothers, Carolyn Manno, Laffit Pincay III, and Kenny Rice; and race caller Larry Collmus. At-post time (6:18pm ET/3:18 PT), ten horses started the race with KENTUCKY DERBY winner -- and PREAKNESS favorite -- Always Dreaming in the No. 4 post, with 4/5 morning odds.



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Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • May 15, 1948: First live broadcast of a horse racing classic across several affiliates.