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Preakness Stakes 2016 schedule: Times, TV coverage, events and more for the week

Eyes turn to Baltimore as Nyquist tries to complete the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Eight for eight. Nyquist has quite literally been unbeatable in his career, a claim that even last year's Triple Crown winner American Pharoah could not make. Two more wins and trainer Doug O'Neill's 3-year-old colt Nyquist will become the 13th Triple Crown winner in American thoroughbred racing and the first since Seattle Slew in 1977 to do so without a loss. First he'll have to win at the Preakness on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

The 141st running of the Preakness is set to go to the post at 6:45 p.m. ET on May 21 and can be viewed on NBC or streamed online via NBC Sports Live Extra. The field is not yet finalized, but Nyquist will again be challenged by Exaggerator, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby. Fellow Derby contenders Lani and Gun Runner are also pending among a field of 12.

The post position draw for the 1-3/16th-mile race and morning line odds announcement will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Pimlico Sports Palace. It will be streamed on DRF.com. Nyquist is expected to be a heavy morning line favorite in the $1.5 million race, and Oddshark notes Nyquist is a 5-7 favorite with Bovada. Exaggerator is next at 9-2.

Nine 3-year-old fillies are scheduled to compete in the Grade II Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at 4:50 p.m. Friday, May 20. NBCSN will broadcast from Pimlico beginning at 3 p.m. with streaming coverage via Live Extra. It will be the 92nd running of the 1-1/8-mile event.

On Saturday, May 21, NBCSN will provide coverage of the Preakness undercard beginning at 2:30 p.m, with the prerace show set for 5 p.m. NBC takes over the broadcast at 6:30 p.m. Again, streaming will be provided with Live Extra. The Preakness is the 13th race of the day, with the undercard beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The chief race on the undercard is the 1-1/16 mile Dixie Stakes, a $300,000, Grade II event run on turf.

How to watch the week's events

Wednesday, May 18 - Preakness Stakes draw

Preakness Draw: 5 p.m., DRF.com

Friday, May 20 - Black-Eyed Susan day

Complete Black-Eyed Susan day coverage: 3-5p.m.; TV: NBCSN (streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra)

Saturday, May 21 - Preakness Stakes day

Preakness undercard races: 2:30-5 p.m.; TV: NBCSN (streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra)
Preakness prerace coverage: 5-6:30 p.m.; TV: NBCSN (streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra)
Preakness coverage: 6:30-7:15 p.m.; TV: NBC (streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra)

Times and dates you need to know

Alibi Breakfast

9:30 a.m. Thursday: Trainers, jockeys and owners talk to racing fans

Preakness Post Position Draw

5 p.m., Thursday: Connections learn where their colts' gate positions

Black-Eyed Susan Stakes:

4:50 p.m. Friday: The 92nd running of the Black-Eyed Susan

The Preakness Stakes

6:45 p.m. Saturday: The 141st running of the Preakness Stakes

(Note: All times ET)


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