In addition to all the scratches on the card and all but one race moved off the turf, Preakness officials announced they also were canceling an appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales and parachute jumpers.
It seems as if the equipment the Clydesdales pull is very heavy and there was the fear the wagon would get stuck in the river of mud that has become the dirt track at Pimlico.
Not having sky divers jump in limited visibility was an easy call to make.
One of the first indications of how the public views the Preakness field can be found in the prices of the Black-Eyed Susan/Preakness double. It’s where you hook up the winner of the 3-year-old filly race on Friday with winner of the Preakness on Saturday. Betting closes at post time on the Friday race.
It’s should be no surprise that Justify is the big favorite, with Good Magic paying about three times as much.
Here are the prices of Red Ruby (4), winner of the Black-Eyed Susan, and the Preakness horses.
There are two things that people have been talking about in connection with Saturday's running of the Preakness Stakes — and both seem to be powerful forces of nature.
Experts have all but conceded the second leg of the Triple Crown will go to Kentucky Derby winner Justify, who could become the 13th horse to win the coveted three-race series.
The other force is the weather. Since Tuesday, almost 5 inches of rain has fallen in Baltimore, leading to flash flood warnings. There is a 100% chance of rain Saturday, and with that comes a waterlogged track.