The 145th Preakness Stakes has been rescheduled for Oct. three, an announcement delivered Saturday lower than hour earlier than the unique submit time for the Triple Crown race.
Traditionally held at Pimlico Race Course on the third Saturday in May, the Preakness was postponed April three due to the coronavirus pandemic. The climate Saturday turned out to be supreme — barely breezy with temperatures round 80 levels — however there have been no patrons within the Pimlico grandstand or infield, and no horses within the beginning gate for the scheduled 6:45 p.m. race.
The parking zone of the observe is at the moment getting used as a drive-thru coronavirus testing middle.
Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland disclosed the brand new date for the Preakness on NBC, which additionally had a hand within the choice as a result of 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 stated. “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.”
Belinda Stronach, president of The Stronach Group (which owns Pimlico), additionally was available for the announcement.
“It’s too bad we all can’t be together today to crown a new Preakness champion,” she stated.
The make-up date might hold the Preakness as the center jewel of the Triple Crown, relying on the 153rd working of the Belmont Stakes. The Kentucky Derby was switched to Sept. 5 from May 2, and the New York Racing Association is making an attempt to find out the perfect date for the Belmont, initially scheduled for June 6.
In a press release issued Saturday, David O’Rourke, N.Y.R.A. chief government and president, applauded the choice by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to authorize stay horse racing in New York — with out followers — starting June 1.
“The N.Y.R.A. will announce race dates and a corresponding stakes schedule for the 2020 spring/summer meet at Belmont Park in the very near future,” O’Rourke stated.
When the Preakness goes off in October — 20 weeks later than its ordinary date — well being issues will dictate the protocol for followers within the grandstand. Tens of thousand followers often collect within the infield of the expansive facility to drink, guess, socialize and take heed to bands, however InfieldFest 2020 has already been canceled.
The infield often accounts for the most important share of attendance on the race, which final yr drew 131,256 followers and took in a track-record deal with of $99,852,653.
This yr, attendance and betting are anticipated to say no sharply.
“I’m not very optimistic it will be run in front of the fans unless it’s way late in the fall and everything is good and everybody is healthy,” Linda Gaudet, a coach and constitution member of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, stated not too long ago.