By Mike Sullivan

In my opinion, sometimes horseracing does not get enough coverage. I mean I’ve often had to search multiple websites just to find basic information about a huge race. It’s ridiculous. That’s why I always enjoy compiling all the facts you need to know and giving you guys a simple article that’s easy to read.

I’m not breaking down the entire race in this field. I’ll do that next week! But right now I at least wanted to write up a quick fact sheet so you can get information about the upcoming Preakness Stakes.

It should be a great race. Kentucky Derby champion Always Dreaming arrived at Pimlico on Tuesday to get settled in as he hopes to win the 2017 Preakness Stakes, which is the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown. 

There’s just over a week remaining until the Preakness Stakes. The buzz is already beginning and there are many questions around this race. From both the expert horse racing fan and also the casual one. 

The 142nd Running of the Preakness Stakes will held at the Pimlico Race Course in Maryland on Saturday, May 20. Derby winner Always Dreaming is the early favorite to win it (no surprise), and will be looking to keep the Triple Crown chase intact. The last horse to win the Triple Crown was obviously American Pharoah in 2015.

First off. Let’s look at the field. Here's a list of contenders in what is expected to be a 10-horse field at the 2017 Preakness, with early odds according to online sports books:

1. Always Dreaming (10/11)

2. Classic Empire (9/2)

3. Lookin at Lee (10/1)

4. Royal Mo (10/1)

5. Gunnevera (12/1)

6. Hence (12/1)

7. Conquest Mo Money (16/1)

8. Cloud Computing (18/1)

9. Multiplier (18/1)

10. Senior Investment (25/1)

OK so you probably have a few other questions. Let me answer them for you!

When is the 2017 Preakness Stakes?

The Preakness is always held on the third Saturday in May. This year it falls on May 20. The Belmont Stakes will be held three weeks later on June 10. 

What time is the Preakness 2017?

Post time for the Preakness is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. and the race will begin shortly after.

What TV channel can I watch the Preakness on?

You can watch the Preakness on NBC's over-the-air TV broadcast. Check your local listings, or find out what channel NBC is for your cable/satellite systems here.

What if I want to watch pre-race coverage?

Pre-race coverage starts at 5:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

How can I live stream the Preakness?

The Preakness will be streamed online this year via NBC Sports Live Extra or through the NBC Sports app. The NBC Sports app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Microsoft Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Amazon Fire and Chromecast.

Who was the 2016 Preakness Stakes winner?

Exaggerator won the 2016 Preakness Stakes, defeating Nyquist, who had won the 2016 Kentucky Derby.

Who is the 2017 favorite?

Always Dreaming, the 2017 Kentucky Derby winner, is the early favorite to win the 2017 Preakness, but fellow Derby contenders Classic Empire and Irish War Cry are not far behind in the odds.

Mark your calendars! It will definitely be a fun race to watch. I’ll check back in with you guys next week for a few betting tips and prediction!

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