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Always Dreaming faded down the stretch, where Cloud Computing overtook second-favorite Classic Empire to win the 142nd Preakness States on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

What time is the Preakness Stakes?

Sunrise over Pimlico Race Course in Maryland. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)
Sunrise over Pimlico Race Course in Maryland. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

It's time to plan your day, and you want to be home for the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. So what is post time for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course?

If you’re in Maryland, or anywhere else on the East Coast, it’s 6:48 p.m.

In Chicago, how about 5:48 p.m.

Hiking in the Rockies, well, it’s 4:48 p.m.

And enjoying life in Los Angeles, your afternoon is interrupted at 3:48 p.m.

Now that’s not to say the race will actually go off at that time. The big races tend to go off around five or six minutes after the post as the tracks try and collect all the bets they can.

The load into the gate will be quick as there are only 10 horses compared with the 20 in the Kentucky Derby. After the gates open, the 1 3/16-mile race will take about 1 minute 56 seconds, give or take a second or two.

What’s at stake is a possible Triple Crown bid if Always Dreaming, the Kentucky Derby winner, can beat this field. The next and final race in the Triple Crown is the Belmont Stakes in three weeks.

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