And we're off to watch Preakness 2023 live stream online for free (and without cable), to see if Kentucky Derby winner Mage can win the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Preakness 2023 TV coverage begins today (Saturday, May 20) at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. BST, which is 7:30 a.m. AEDT on Sun. on NBC and Peacock.
Race start time: Post time is set for approximately 7:01 p.m. ET / 4:01 p.m. PT / 12:01 a.m. BST (Sun.) / 10.01 a.m. AEDT (Sun.)
Preakness is typically held two weeks after the Kentucky Derby at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. At 1.9 kilometers, it is the shortest race in the Triple Crown.
This year's field features seven horses, after top contender First Mission was scratched by veterinarians. It's considered a weak field, so National Treasure, is leading the odds at 4-1.
Still, eyes are on Mage, as trainer Gustavo Delgado and jockey Javier Castellano have a tough track ahead of them. Only 13 horses have won the Triple Crown, with the last being Justify in 2018.
The biggest storyline at the 2023 Preakness is the return of legendary trainer Bob Baffert to the Triple Crown after a two-year suspension. He was blocked when Medina Spirit failed a drug test after winning the 2021 Kentucky Derby. Now, he's back with National Treasure, listed at 4-1 odds.
Sadly, there's bad news for Baffert: the horse Havnameltdown broke down on the track during the Chick Lang Stakes. The horse was euthanized on the tack, and jocket Luis Saez needed to be taken to a nearby hospital after being thrown t the ground.
Here is everything to know about how to watch the Preakness 2023 online.
How to watch Preakness 2023 from anywhere on Earth
Just because NBC and Peacock aren't available everywhere doesn't mean you need to miss the Preakness 2023 if you're away from home. Watching along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy. With the right VPN (virtual private network), you can stream the show from wherever you go.
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How to watch Preakness 2023 live streams in the US
In the U.S., fans can watch Preakness 2023 TV coverage Saturday (May 20) on NBC, CNBC and Peacock.
Early coverage will start at 1 p.m. ET, airing on CNBC and streaming on Peacock. The main event broadcast will begin at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.
Approximate post time for the race is 7:01 p.m. ET.
NBC can be accessed for free with one of the best TV antennas or through a cable TV package. CBNC requires a cable subscription.
You can also stream all coverage on Peacock.
Fubo is a great alternative to a cable package, especially for sports fans. With the Pro Plan ($75 per month), you get over 120 channels, including NBC, the other broadcast networks and top cable brands like AMC, E!, HGTV, FX, ESPN, Syfy and Paramount Network. You can check out everything Fubo offers with a seven-day free trial.
Peacock offers live sports like horse racing, golf, Premier League soccer and WWE, in addition to a vast library of movies and TV shows.
How to watch Preakness 2023 live streams in the UK
British horse racing fans can tune into the 2023 Preakness race on Sky Sports, with coverage starting at 8 p.m. BST. Post time is approximately 12:01 a.m. on Sunday (so you'll have to stay up a bit late).
For travelers abroad who want to use the services they already pay for, check out ExpressVPN.
Can you watch Preakness 2023 live streams in Canada?
Previously, Canadians have been able to get Preakness action on TSN. However, the race does not appear on any of the schedules for the TSN networks at this time.
Subscribers can access their streaming services to watch the race with the help of ExpressVPN.
Can you watch Preakness 2023 live streams in Australia?
For racing enthusiasts Down Under, the Preakness is likely to be available on Kayo Sports, a major destination to stream sports.
Kayo offers a 14-day free trial for both its Basic and Premium plans, more than enough time to confirm they're actually showing the race.
For other options, look into ExpressVPN to find an available live stream.
Preakness 2023 horses, odds and post positions
The 148th Preakness Stakes currently has a field of seven horses. Here are their names, post positions and current odds
|2||Chase the Chaos||50-1|
|5||Red Route One||10-1|
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