The pageantry of the 143rd running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (Grade I), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown headlined by the Kentucky Derby winner Justify, will be featured prominently at Churchill Downs on Saturday with the simulcast of the 1 3/16-mile race scheduled for 6:48 p.m. (all times Eastern).

Churchill Downs admission gates will open Saturday at 11:30 a.m., the first of11 races is 12:45 p.m. and the finale is scheduled for 5:58 p.m. Video and audio of the races from Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course will be shown on select television monitors throughout the facility, and NBC’s coverage of the Preakness, which is Race 13 of 14 at Pimlico, will be broadcast on the massive Big Board after the last race.

General Admission is $5, reserved seating is $10 and reserved dining packages are $49. Tickets can be purchased in advance online atwww.ChurchillDowns.com/Tickets. Also, Churchill Downs will provide free parking and shuttles from Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Guests at Churchill Downs will have an opportunity to enjoy a taste of the Preakness with The Black-Eyed Susan, the event’s official drink that will be available at locations throughout the track (complete with commemorative glass). The last call for drinks will be “Call to the Post” for the Preakness, and all dining rooms will remain open through the big race.

The following are Preakness opinions from select trainers around Churchill Downs:

Assistant Trainer Jorje Abrego(assistant to Brad Cox): “I think Justify wins but Quip could run a tough race. I think he’s very underrated.”

Trainer Phil Bauer: “One thing we do know – Justify likes the mud. It looks like Mother Nature moved on to Pimlico with the rain.”

Trainer Pat Byrne: “Well we know Justify and Good Magic like the slop. I think either of them could win.”

Trainer Norm Casse: “I have to go with Justify. Bob Baffert knows how to bring the Derby winner into Baltimore and head to New York with the Triple Crown on the line.”

Trainer Scooter Dickey: “A lot of people sure seemed afraid to run against Justify with only seven horses facing him Saturday. I think he should win.”

Trainer Greg Foley: “It should be tough to beat Justify. I think Good Magic is a very nice horse and ran well in the Derby. He’ll have to find a few more lengths to get to Justify.”

Trainer Tim Glyshaw: “I think it is Justify’s race to lose.”

Trainer Wes Hawley: “How can you not like Justify? He didn’t work :46 or :47 this week but he doesn’t need to. He’s looked great training.”

Trainer Michelle Lovell: “I think Justify will win but I’ll be rooting for Quip.”

Trainer Ron Moquett: “I’ve been on the Justify train since his maiden race and I’m still aboard. I would love to see Lukas (Bravazo and Sporting Chance) or Tenfold do well for the connections.”

Assistant Trainer Nick Tomlinson(assistant to Mark Casse): “I like Justify. I think it’ll be tough to beat him.”

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