2019 Preakness Stakes post positions announced

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The 144th Preakness Stakes is wide open without Kentucky Derby winner Country House or Maximum Security, who crossed the line first but was then disqualified for interference.

The May 18 race is set to run 13 horses with early favorite Improbable, a horse with the same trainer, jockey and owner as 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify, leading the field. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith joined the Improbable team after riding 30-1 Cutting Humor to 10th in the Derby.

Four horses ran in the Kentucky Derby: Improbable (4th), War of Will (7th), Win Win Win (9th) and Bodexpress (13th).

What to know about the 2019 Preakness Stakes

Below are the post positions for the 2019 Preakness Stakes, including current odds as of May 15.

1. War of Will (4-1)
Trainer: Mark Casse
Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

2. Bourbon War (12-1)
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

3. Warriors Charge (12-1)
Trainer: Brad Cox
Jockey: Javier Castellano

4. Improbable (5-2)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Mike Smith

5. Owendale (10-1)
Trainer: Brad Cox
Jockey: Florent Geroux

6. Market King (30-1)
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Jon Court

7. Alwaysmining (8-1)
Trainer: Kelly Rubley
Jockey: Daniel Centeno

8. Signalman (30-1)
Trainer: Ken McPeek
Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.

9. Bodexpress (20-1)
Trainer: Gustavo Delgado
Jockey: John Velazquez

10. Everfast (50-1)
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Joel Rosario

11. Laughing Fox (20-1)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.

12. Anothertwistafate (6-1)
Trainer: Blaine Wright
Jockey: Jose Ortiz

13. Win Win Win (15-1)
Trainer: Michael Trombetta
Jockey: Julian Pimentel

Watch the 2019 Preakness Stakes only on NBC and NBCSN. Coverage on NBCSN begins Friday, May 17 at 3 p.m. ET with the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and continues on Saturday May 18 at 2 p.m. before moving to NBC at 5 p.m. Post time is set for approximately 6:50 p.m. See the full broadcast schedule here.

Maximum Security to race for first time since Kentucky Derby

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OCEANPORT, N.J. — Maximum Security will race this weekend for the first time since being disqualified in the Kentucky Derby.

The Jason Servis-trained colt was among six 3-year-olds entered Thursday for the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday.

The 1 1/16-mile race in New Jersey will be the first in more than two months for Maximum Security. The colt galloped 1 1/8 miles here Wednesday.

In the Derby on May 2, Maximum Security got to the finish line 1}-lengths ahead of Country House. The victory was overturned 22 minutes later when the stewards disqualified the 9-2 second choice because of interference with eventual Preakness winner War of Will and other horses.

It marked the first time in the 145-year history of the Derby that the first-place finisher was disqualified for interference.

Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera coming to Saratoga Race Course

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Opening weekend festivities at Saratoga Race Course will feature an appearance by former New York Yankees star Mariano Rivera.

The New York Racing Association announced Wednesday it will honor Rivera July 12 with a ceremony in the winner’s circle in recognition of baseball’s all-time saves leader.

Fans will have an opportunity to meet the 13-time All-Star during a luncheon in the Paddock Tent. The event will feature a discussion session with Rivera, photo opportunities and an auction featuring his memorabilia.

Proceeds of the luncheon will benefit one of Rivera’s charities.

Rivera’s visit will come one week before he heads to Cooperstown for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame as the first unanimous selection in history.