BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Thirteen hopefuls have a chance to win the 144th Running of The Preakness Stakes on Saturday, but no horse can bring home a Triple Crown this year.
Not only that, but the top-four finishers from The Kentucky Derby will not run in The Preakness. It is the first time in 70 years that’s been the case.READ MORE: Ransomware Gang Threatens Release Of DC Police Records
Despite the lack of Kentucky Derby cache, those who are at Pimlico embrace what they believe is still a big race.
The lack of top horses doesn’t lessen the payoff this year, either. There’s still a sizeable prize on the line for gamblers.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: Positivity Rate Below 3%, 5.3M Vaccine Doses Administered
Kelly Rubley trains Maryland-bred “Alwaysmining” and has her eyes set on being the first female trainer ever to win the Preakness.
Dwayne Lukas, the trainer of long-shot “Market King” has won The Preakness six times and believes he can win again with no super horse on the track this year.
“I think it’s a little bit wide open,” he said.MORE NEWS: 3 Dead In Domestic-Related Laurel Shooting, Child Hospitalized
The race is slated to start on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.