Report: Preakness Stakes to be Held in October

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May 6, 2020 TDN: The 145th GI Preakness S. could be held Oct. 3, per a report by NBC affiliate WBAL TV.

“The TV time is booked, and the 145th Preakness S. will be held Oct. 3 on NBC,” the report read.

The GI Kentucky Derby has been rescheduled for Sept. 5, while a date for the GI Belmont S. has yet to be announced. The Preakness S., originally scheduled for May 16, was postponed by the Maryland governor amid the coronavirus outbreak in March. It was also announced last month that the Preakness InfieldFest has been canceled for 2020 and would return next year.

“The Stronach Group/Maryland Jockey Club is aware that a potential date for Preakness 145 has been announced,” a statement from The Stronach Group read. “At this point, there is no definitive date set and we continue to explore options. Once a date for Preakness 145 has been finalized, an official announcement will be made.”

NYRA’s Director of Communications Patrick McKenna added, “NYRA is in the process of working with state and local officials to safely resume live racing at Belmont Park. A determination about the timing of the 2020 Belmont S. will be made only after we have clarity on the opening of the Belmont spring/summer meet. The Belmont S. is a New York institution and we look forward to its 152nd edition in 2020.”

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