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What time does the 2024 Preakness Stakes start? What TV channel is it on?

The 149th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore will begin at approximately 4:01 PM PDT on Saturday. (Julio Cortez/Associated Press)

Are you trying to plan your Saturday? Want to watch the Preakness? Need help?

Here’s what you need to know. The official start time of the second leg of the Triple Crown was a bit of a moving target. Four different times were launched, but all within 15 minutes of each other. The reality is that NBC will ultimately decide when the race starts.

We open with gates at 4:01 PM if you’re in Los Angeles.

That’s 7:01 PM in Baltimore and throughout the Eastern time zone.

If you’re in the Midwest and Central Time Zone, like Chicago, back up an hour and make it 6:01 p.m.

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And finally, if you’re in the Mountain time zone, like Denver, the time is 5:01 p.m

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But be warned: you may want to watch your local NBC affiliate about 15 minutes before the race’s scheduled start, just to be safe. Rain is expected on Saturday, so officials can make some adjustments on the spot and reschedule the time.

If you’re really into racing, you can start your coverage on FanDuel TV at 7:30 AM in Los Angeles or at 10:30 AM in Baltimore. Coverage will air throughout the day, but may not always be live. Mini-NBC, known as CNBC, starts at 10:30 AM in Los Angeles and at 1:30 PM in Baltimore. The major network takes over three hours later (1:30 PM PDT). All coverage can be streamed live on Peacock.

If you’ve forgotten which station NBC is, remember it’s Channel 4 in Los Angeles and New York, Channel 5 in Chicago, Channel 9 in Denver, and Channel 11 in Baltimore.

The day at Pimlico is packed with stakes races, and if you choose the right network you can watch them too. And to simplify things, we’ll use Pacific times.

  • 10:28 am Chick Lang bets

  • 11:08 am Gallorette insert

  • 11:48 am Maryland Sprint Insert

  • 12:30 pm James W. Murphy insert

  • 1:10 PM Sir Barton Stakes

  • 1:53 p.m Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes

  • 2:52 PM A dinner party

  • 4:01 pm Preakness bet

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So, that’s the setup. A Mystik Dan win would set up a possible Triple Crown in three weeks at the Belmont, which is actually at Saratoga this year.

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This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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