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Preakness Stakes TV Coverage, Date, and Post Time: Watch the Big Race from Anywhere


The 2023 Preakness Stakes is gearing up to be a thrilling spectacle of horse racing as the Kentucky Derby winner, Mage, faces off against a field of new challengers and familiar faces from the Road to the Kentucky Derby series. 

Among the contenders are those who did not run in the Kentucky Derby but are preparing to make their mark in this exciting second leg of the Triple Crown.

The prestigious race will occur on Saturday, May 20, at the historic Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. The stakes will be high from 1 PM ET, with the TV coverage divided between two key networks.

CNBC will begin the broadcast, airing the initial races from 1:00 to 4:30 PM ET. The coverage will then shift to NBC at 4:30 PM ET, following the main event until 7:30 PM ET.

Additional Coverage and Streaming Options

For those looking to get a head start on the action, NBC will also air the 98th Black-Eyed Susan on Friday, May 19, from 4:30 PM ET to 6 PM ET, available on their streaming service, Peacock. If you can’t make it to a TV, there are multiple ways to live stream the race. will offer live simulcast streams of the Black-Eyed Susan and the Preakness Stakes. Peacock,, and the NBC Sports app will also provide live streaming options.

Horses to Watch in the 2023 Preakness Stakes

A remarkable roster of contenders is set to race in the Preakness Stakes, listed below in their post-position order.

  • National Treasure (4-1): This promising offspring of Quality Road managed a respectable fourth in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) in his most recent appearance.
  • Chase the Chaos (50-1): El Camino Real Derby victor lagged in the San Felipe S. (G2) in his sole dirt route leading up to the Preakness Stakes.
  • Mage (8-5): The outstanding Kentucky Derby (G1) winner is all set to participate in his fifth race in the Preakness Stakes, and he’s undeniably the horse to beat.
  • Coffeewithchris (20-1): This Miracle Wood S. champion has shown steady performance leading up to Saturday under the guidance of John Salzman.
  • Red Route One (10-1): This closer from the Asmussen shedrow earned his spot in the race following his dramatic late victory at Oaklawn Park last time out.
  • Perform (15-1): Tesio star has exhibited significant improvement as a three-year-old and has never been better under the care of Shug McGaughey.
  • Blazing Sevens (6-1): This Champagne S. (G1) hero displayed little in his debut as a three-year-old but bounced back with a solid third-place finish in the Blue Grass S. (G1) at Keeneland for trainer Chad Brown.
  • First Mission (5-2): The main rival to Mage, he was impressive and resilient in winning the Lexington S. (G3) at Keeneland in his stakes debut for Brad Cox.

So, whether you’re watching from the comfort of your home, at a viewing party, or streaming on the go, prepare for the excitement, anticipation, and exhilarating uncertainty of the 2023 Preakness Stakes.

Inside the Preakness Stakes

Established in 1873, the Preakness Stakes is an American flat thoroughbred horse race. It is the second jewel in the Triple Crown, positioned between the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. The event draws thousands of fans to Pimlico Race Course annually, and millions more watch from their homes, eagerly anticipating which horse will emerge victorious.

The Preakness Stakes also boasts an element of tradition. In an iconic ceremony, the race winner is draped in a blanket of Black-Eyed Susans, Maryland’s state flower. It is an honor that every jockey, trainer, and owner aspires to. In 2023, Mage will try to repeat his Kentucky Derby success, hoping to take one step closer to the prestigious Triple Crown.

Final Words

The 2023 Preakness Stakes promises to be a thrilling encounter with talented contenders vying for the title. Mage, the Kentucky Derby winner, is certainly the one to beat. However, with a strong field of competitors, including new faces and those who have already demonstrated prowess on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, the outcome is anything but certain.

Whether you’re a seasoned horse racing fan or new to the sport, the Preakness Stakes will offer a spectacular showcase of athleticism, strategy, and, above all, the majestic beauty of the racehorses. So enjoy the race, and may the best horse win.

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Andrew Shassetz is a seasoned freelance writer who combines his academic background from the University of Alaska, where he studied Journalism, with a genuine love for horse racing. Following a significant life-changing accident, Andrew courageously shifted his career path from mainstream journalism to full-time freelancing.

Today, he passionately delves into the thrilling world of horse racing and sports. He delivers compelling, insightful commentaries that resonate with readers worldwide, redefining sports journalism with his unique blend of personal experience and professional expertise.