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PREAKNESS 2011: Schedule For The Week Ahead

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Preakness week is going to be a bit different than Derby week around her due to the fact that I'll be on jury duty starting Wednesday morning. On the good side, sitting around in a jury room all day (if I'm not chosen for trial) will give me plenty of time to go read the Form. On the downside, I'm guessing they aren't going to have Wi-Fi for me to hook up to at the courthouse, and it's possible I'll be in a trial during the day, which will put a severe cramp on my posting and commenting.

Below is posting schedule for the week ahead, along with the race line-ups from Pimlico for Friday and Saturday.

Tuesday, May 17th

  • Preakness Pedigree: A look at the breeding of each of the potential Preakness starters.
  • Preakness Payouts: A summary of the pari-mutuel payouts at the Preakness over the last ten years.

Wednesday, May 18th

  • Preakness 2011 Post Position Draw: No "Live Blog" of the draw this week due to jury obligations, but I'll have the entries, post positions, morning line odds, and some additional thoughts and analysis later on in the day.
  • A look back at how Derby runners have fared in the Preakness over the last 25 years.

Thursday, May 19th

  • Black-Eyed Susan Preview: A preview of the 87th running of the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, slated to run on Friday afternoon (post time 4:46 Eastern).

Friday, May20th

  • Preakness Undercard Preview: A look at the stakes races slated to run prior to the Preakness
  • Preakness Stakes Preview and Picks: A preview of the Preakness and a horse-by-horse look at the entries. (Post time 6:19 Eastern)

Saturday, May 21st

  • Preakness Day Open Thread (First post 10:45am Eastern)

As announced by Pimlico, below are the race schedules and post times for both Friday (Black-Eyed Susan day) and Saturday (Preakness day). All times Eastern.

Friday, May 20th

# Post Race Age/Sex Dist. Surf.
1 12:00p Maiden Special Weight 3up, f&m 6.0 Dirt
2 12:30p Female Jockey Challenge 3up 5.0 Turf
3 1:00p Maiden Special Weight 3up, f&m 8.5 Turf
4 1:30p Female Jockey Challenge 3up, f&m 6.0 Dirt
5 2:02p Jim McKay Turf Sprint 3up 5.0 Turf
6 2:34p Female Jockey Challenge 3up, f&m 6.0 Dirt
7 3:05p Allowance/OC 3up 6.0 Dirt
8 3:36p Female Jockey Challenge 3up 5.0 Turf
9 4:08p Ms. Preakness Stakes 3yo, f 6,0 Dirt
10 4:46p Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes 3yo, f 8.5 Dirt
11 5:16p Very One Stakes 3up, f&m 5.0 Turf
12 5:46p Starter Handicap 3up, f&m 8.5 Dirt
13 6:16p Hilltop Stakes 3yo, f 8.5 Turf

Saturday, May 21st

# Post Race Age/Sex Dist. Surf.
1 10:45a TBA
2 11:14a TBA
3 11:43a TBA
4 12:16a Starter Handicap 3up 8.5 Dirt
5 12:53p James W. Murphy Stakes 3yo 8.0 Turf
6 1:33p Grade 3 Maryland Spring Handicap 3up 6.0 Dirt
7 2;15p Grade 3 Donald Schaefer Stakes 3up 8.5 Dirt
8 2:57p Grade 3 Dupont Distaff 3up, f&m 8.5 Dirt
9 3:39p Grade 3 Gallorette Handicap 3up, f&m 8.5 Turf
10 4:22p Chick Lang Stakes 3yo 6.0 Dirt
11 5:07p Grade 2 Dixie Stakes 3up 9.0 Dirt
12 6:19p Grade 1 Preakness Stakes 3yo 9.5 Dirt
13 7:14p TBA