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Over the past five years, no Kentucky Derby winner has also won the Preakness Stakes. The most recent horse to win each of the first two legs of the three-race Triple Crown schedule was Justify, who won all three in 2018.

That could change Saturday, when Mystik Dan will attempt to race to victory in the 149th running of the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The Ken McPeek-trained colt was a bit of a surprise winner on May 5 at Churchill Downs, winning the Derby at odds of 18-1.

However, Mystik Dan is not the betting favorite to win the Preakness. He has the second-best odds behind Muth, the Bob Baffert-trained colt who won the Arkansas Derby in March.

Here’s everything else you need to know heading into the 2024 Preakness Stakes.

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Date: Saturday May 18

Location: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore

Post time: 6:50 PM ET


Live stream: Peacock

After trekking: Monday, May 13 at 5:30 PM ET

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Muth: 11-10

Mystik Dan: 3-1

Tuscan Gold: 5-1

Imagination: 5-1

Plain steel: 10-1

Grab the Gray: 10-1

Copper tax: 16-1

Uncle Heavy: 20-1

Mugatu: 33-1

Via SportLine

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Muth probably would have been one of the top contenders at the Kentucky Derby. However, Baffert is serving a suspension from Churchill Downs because Medina Spirit (the first Derby winner of 2021) tested positive for betamethasone.

However, Baffert can enter horses in races at Pimlico, and he did so last year, winning the Preakness for the eighth time as National Treasure raced to victory. No coach has as many Preakness wins as Baffert, so it’s no surprise that Muth is the betting favorite this year.

Muth not only won the Arkansas Derby in March (his most recent race), but he also defeated Mystik Dan, who finished third in the race. Second place was Just Steel, who finished 17th in the Kentucky Derby and will look for a bounce-back performance in the Preakness.

Before winning the Arkansas Derby, Muth had three previous wins. He has not finished worse than second in any of his six career races.

Two Baffert-trained horses are expected to be in the Preakness field. In addition to Muth, Imagination will also participate in the race and could also be among the top candidates to win.

Like Muth, Imagination has finished first or second in each of his first six career races. He finished in second place at the Santa Anita Derby in April, while his most recent win came at the San Felipe Stakes in March.

Mystik Dan will look to keep McPeek’s Triple Crown hopes alive by beating Baffert’s horses and the rest of the Preakness field. Mystik Dan won the Kentucky Derby in a photo finish, finishing just behind Sierra Leone and Forever Young.

It was not certain that Mystik Dan would race the Preakness. However, McPeek opted to enter the horse that has a chance to become the first Triple Crown champion since Justify in 2018.

“All systems go,” McPeek said recently, according to Scooby Axson of USA today. “The horse is doing fantastic.”

Another horse to keep an eye on during the Preakness could be Tuscan Gold. The Chad Brown-trained colt does not have much experience and has only run three races. He last finished third in the Louisiana Derby in March.

McPeek and Brown are both former Preakness-winning coaches. McPeek won the race in 2020 (Swiss Skydiver), while Brown took victory in both 2017 (Cloud Computing) and 2022 (Early Voting).