Stronach Group Denies Baltimore TV Report October Date Has Been Set For Preakness

A report from NBC network affiliate WBAL in Baltimore, Md., on Wednesday afternoon said the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes would be held on Oct. 3, but the television station later updated its story to say a “potential” October date was being looked at to book the race on NBC.

The update came after a statement from The Stronach Group and the Maryland Jockey Club was posted on Twitter following the WBAL report: “The Stronach Group/Maryland Jockey Club is aware that a potential date for Preakness 145 has been announced,” the statement 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.”

The Kentucky Derby has been moved to Sept. 5. Churchill Downs will begin its sprint meet on May 16 with no spectators permitted but officials are moving forward in hopes of having attendance on Derby day. No start-up date has been given for a resumption of racing in Maryland or New York.

No official date has yet been announced for the 2020 Belmont Stakes, but with Breeders’ Cup scheduled for the first weekend in November it seems most likely – especially if the Preakness is held in October – that the Belmont will be run before the Kentucky Derby this year.

The Stronach Group and the Maryland state governor officially delayed the Preakness in March amid concerns about the growing coronavirus pandemic, and in April TSG announced that InfieldFest would be cancelled in 2020.

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