BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, the second leg of the Triple Crown, is being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement late Monday night, the Maryland Jockey Club said:

“Our first priority in these difficult times is the health and welfare of our industry participants and the public at large. We are working with state and local governments, our industry participants, media and other affiliates to determine the most appropriate time to conduct the Preakness Stakes. While we are mindful of the challenges these times present, we also know that events like the Preakness Stakes can help restore our sense of place and economic well-being to our communities and state. As soon as we have further clarity on these matters we will inform all.”

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – MAY 18: Jockey Tyler Gaffalione rides War of Will to win the 144th Running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

At a news conference Tuesday morning, Gov. Larry Hogan said the race will likely be moved to September but no date has been set.

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The annual race, part of horse racing’s Triple Crown, had been scheduled for May 14-16.

Earlier this month, the Maryland State Senate approved a sweeping $375 million plan that would result in significant upgrades at the Pimlico Race Course where the Preakness is held as well as at Laurel Park in Anne Arundel County.

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – MAY 18: Bodexpress #9 (L) breaks from the starting gate after dumping jockey John Velazquez at the the start during the 144th Running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Earlier Monday, officials announced the Kentucky Derby would be postponed until September, the first time that event has been moved since World War II, CBS Sports reported. The new date for the Derby is September 5th, which if the Preakness were to follow the same timeline of two weeks between the races, would mean the Preakness could get moved to September 19th.

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