Saturday’s Triple Crown races are back on simulcast for local race fans
Prescott Valley, Ariz. – A Friday afternoon ruling by the Arizona Racing Commission will allow Saturday’s Preakness Stakes to be simulcast live at Arizona Downs for the first time since 2019.
The race is the second leg of the Triple Crown and annually ranks as one of the most anticipated events in horse racing. Legal challenges had prevented the race from being simulcast at Arizona race tracks, but Friday’s ruling allows fans to watch and wager at Arizona Downs or any of their six Off Track Betting locations.
Doors will open at 8 a.m., allowing fans to take in the 14 races happening at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore, with the Preakness Stakes set to begin at 3:50 p.m. Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, trained by Arizona native Bob Baffert, is the favorite. Baffert has twice won the Triple Crown – training a horse that won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
Arizona Downs will offer free parking, free admission, and family-friendly dining throughout the day Saturday.
The ruling comes just two weeks before Arizona Downs welcomes back live racing to the track for the first time since a shortened 2019 race season. Opening Day is set for June 1, with 32 live race dates every Tuesday and Wednesday through Sept. 15 and a 2:30 p.m. post time each race day.