Saturday, May 18, 2024

Streaming the Preakness Stakes (2024)

The Preakness Stakes will be this afternoon. It's the Triple Crown race that doesn't get as much exposure as the others. The Kentucky Derby is always the big one, and the Belmont Stakes gets a big push over the Preakness Stakes for some reason. That never really made sense, as the three jewels of the crown are pretty much all prestigous races.

If you are interested, and if you are a streamer, you will probably want to know how you can watch it. Or even if you can watch it if you're a streamer. And of course you can.

NBC is carrying the race. The race will actually be on NBC and Peacock. Coverage begins at 1:30 pm, with the actual race a few minutes before 7:00 pm.

Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan will be running, and there will of course be interest if the horse can win the 2nd race of the Triple Crown.

The fastest time in the Preakness Stakes was set by Secretariat in 1973, at 1:53. The second fastes time is officially 1:53.28 by Swiss Skydiver in 202. However, Sham's 1973 2nd pace finish may actually be the 2nd fastest. At the time, Sham was 1/5 of a second behind Secretariat. However, there was a later review of Secretariat's run and time showed an error in the official time, and the unanimous adjustment gave Secretariate a faster time that is still the official record. If Sham was actually 1/5 of a second slower, then his time would be 1:53.2, which would be the 2nd fastest of all time, just as in the Kentucky Derby. They don't normally keep such records or make adjustments on second-place horses where the order of finish is not in dispute. Sham lost to Secretariat in 1973, but had Sham run that time, and Secretariat not run in the race, Sham would have won and be the record holder to this day.

Will any records be set today? Find out. Watch the Preakness Stakes on NBC or on Peacock TV and see for yourself.

Here's how to watch:

Peacock TV

Subscription is $6/month for the Premium service. It's $12/month for ad-free. But ad-free doesn't include not having ads in live TV. The ad-free applies to on-demand only.


  • Antenna (free) over the air.
  • Sling TV ($40 Orange) ($40/Blue) ($55 Orange + Blue)
  • DirecTV Stream ($85/month)
  • Hulu+Live TV ($77/month)
  • YouTube TV ($73/month)
  • Fubo (Pro) ($80/month)

If watching the second jewel of the Triple Crown is on your agenda for the day, you can enjoy streaming it on one of those services. My Streaming Life will include today's Kentucky Derby, probably on Peacock. But there are plenty of options.

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