2019 Preakness Stakes

Now that the dust has settled with the 2019 Kentucky Derby, it’s time to turn our attention to the 2019 Preakness Stakes. The 2019 Preakness Stakes will be held on Saturday, May 18th, 2019 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD.  This is the second leg out of the three races for the Triple Crown Races.  

Preakness Stakes Starting Gate

This Saturday will be the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes and Post Time will be at 6:48 p.m. EST.  Unfortunately, there will not be a Triple Crown winner this year.  Kentucky Derby winner Country House is skipping the race due to a cough he developed.  Country House is not seriously sick but just requires some blood work.  



Maximum Security who was the favorite in the Kentucky Derby but was disqualified will also skip the 2019 Preakness Stakes. Code of Honor who was the Kentucky Derby runner-up will also opt out of the Preakness Stakes. Also not participating in this years Preakness Stakes is Tacitus who ran 3rd in the Kentucky Derby.  


2019 Preakness Stakes

So this leaves the 2019 Preakness Stakes wide open for the returning Kentucky Derby horses and newcomers that didn’t appear in the Derby.  Improbable, War of Will, Bodexpress, and Win Win Win are the only four horses that are continuing to the Preakness Stakes.  


2019 Preakness Stakes Post Positions



Mike Smith is riding Improbable in the Preakness Stakes, will that make a difference?  Current morning odds are showing Improbable as the favorite.   

The expected field of 12 horses, this will be the largest field since 2011 when there were 14 horses competing.  The payout may not be as impressive as the Kentucky Derby with a 65/1 winning the race but be it will be very exciting to watch. 

One of the best handicapping tools to use is called STATS Race Lens.  STATS Race Lens can be purchased through TVG.com Join to Receive Free $20 Bet + $100 Bonus at TVG. Use coupon code WELCOME20 during checkout.  




  1. Matiss

    I truly appreciate you for what I feel is a great summary article when it comes to all the most crucial facts.

    I’ve lately been all about watching Jody Demling. She really has had a mind-blowing run (calling 9 of the last 14 winners of current Triple Crown race). That said, I am a little bit on the fence about Alwaysmining as I would love for it to win. But similarly to Jody, I feel Owendale will take this. 

    Either way, it’s gonna be fun!

    Cheers, and have a Great One!


    1. Alex (Post author)

      Hey Matiss,

      Pretty good track record (pun intended) that Jody Demling has with the Kentucky Derby as well as the Preakness. I liked both horses you mentioned and included them on my tickets. My top selection was War of Will based on what I saw during the Derby but I just missed out on a really nice Trifecta payout because of the appropriately named Everfast! 

      Looking forward to the last leg of the Triple Crown races, the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June, 8th.

      Should be exciting again!!

      Good Luck!!!

      Best Regards,


  2. Rasa

    I’m really looking forward to the race. I’m a heavy supporter of the Alwaysmining. I hope they win. I would be so awesome for Kelly Rubley to become the first female trainer to win the Preakness. I mean, she’s only been doing it for 5 years. Furthermore, given that she was a middle school teacher it would be such an inspiration for others to aspire to whatever they find their heart in, no matter how late in life. 

    Other than that, I believe this was the perfect sum up of all the most important facts about the upcoming race.

    Have a Wonderful Day!


    1. Alex (Post author)

      Hi Rasa, 

      Alwaysmining is a great horse and it would be pretty cool if a Kelly Rubley won the Preakness Stakes.  It would awesome if we could get a female trainer and a female jockey to win one of the Triple Crown Races.  Maybe this is something we see in the near future.  

      The horse that I really like in this race is War of Will.  He looked so good in the Kentucky Derby if he wasn’t impeded.  I am cheering on War of Will, Bodexpress and Win, Win, WIn.  

      Good Luck,


  3. Akshay

    Thanks Alex,

    Your analysis is very concise, crisp, yet informative. Does it happen each year? I look forward to continuing reading from your website to get better knowledge about Horse Racing.  I am new to the sport of horse racing and look forward to watching this year’s Preakness Stakes for the first time.  

    Thanks a lot for sharing this awesome post. 

    1. Alex (Post author)

      Hi Akshay,

      Welcome to the sport of Horse Racing.  The 2019 Preakness Stakes is going to be a great race to watch for a newcomer.  

      If you have any questions about Horse Racing please feel free to ask I am very happy to help. 

      Enjoy the Race!


  4. JannatulN


    This is a great informative article about 2019 Preakness Stakes. I have little bit knowledge about Horse Racing and I love race course. After reading your article, I have learned the concept and I am going to check out more on your website.  

    Are there always 13 horses competing in the Preakness Stakes?

    Thanks for writing this helpful article.

    1. Alex (Post author)

      Hi Jannatu,

      No, there are not always 13 horses competing in the Preakness Stakes.  It has been several years since this many horses competed in the Preakness.  

      Hope you enjoy the race and if you have any questions please let me know I am always happy to help. 



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