SI.com's Tim Layden wrote about how the horse is running for validation on Saturday:
"It is the Preakness that decides whether a horse -- and that horse's story -- will be given life beyond a single weekend. And it is the Preakness that decides whether the Belmont Stakes, run three weeks later in New York will have the special meaning attached to a Triple Crown attempt."
Here’s what you need to know before the race:
Where: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore
When: Saturday, May 17
Race Time: 6:18 p.m. ET
Television: Coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. on NBC. Live streaming will be on NBC Live Extra.
Favorite: California Chrome
Post Positions: Full list of expected starters
For more information, read SI.com senior writer Tim Layden's Preakness Stakes preview.
Betting: The latest odds
Track Distance: 1 3/16 miles (9.5 furlongs)
Track record: 1:52.2, Farma Way, 1991
Preakness record: 1:53.00, Secretariat, 1973
Purse: $1.5 million
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