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Forecast Morning Rain on Preakness Day at Pimlico

It is Preakness Day at Pimlico Race Course and it is starting off as a wet one. Rain is forecast to persist through the morning, with a chance for additional rain later in the afternoon. The high temperature in Baltimore May 18 is expected to be 69 degrees.

Post time for the 149th Preakness Stakes (G1) is not until 7:01 p.m. ET, and track conditions may improve if rain subsides. The main track and turf are currently listed as “good.” The first race has been moved from turf to dirt.

The potential impact of rain had been a storyline leading up to the Preakness largely because the co-favorite Mystik Dan  handled a sloppy track deftly in winning the Southwest Stakes (G3) by eight lengths over fellow Preakness entry Just Steel .

“I don’t think he needs a muddy track,” said trainer Kenny McPeek. “We all know he’ll run on it.”

If you are wondering who will be the betting favorite in the Preakness, your guess might be as good as anyone else.

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At 9:45 a.m., with $1.7 million in the win pool, there were four horses listed at prices between 3-1 and 9-2.

Seven 3-year-olds are listed at 9-1 or less in the field of eight.

The co-favorites at 3-1 were Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Mystik Dan and Catching Freedom , who was fourth in the Run for the Roses.

Tuscan Gold  was priced at 7-2 and Imagination  9-2.

The rest of the odds were: Mugatu  21-1, Uncle Heavy  7-1, Seize the Grey  8-1, and Just Steel  9-1.

Here are the day’s full scratches, as announced by Equibase this morning. Additional scratches are possible:

Race 1: # 7 Takethefifth , #9 Lieutenant General  

Race 2: #3
Midnight Award 

Race 5: #6

Race 7: #1
Sweet Dani Girl , #2 Dana’s Beauty  , #5 Ninja Abarrio  

Race 8: #5
Little Roo Roo  

Race 9: #1
Lucky Jeremy , #4 Twirling Point  

Race 10: #7
Mighty Message , #8 Tuscan Sky  

Race 11: #4
Mid Day Image  

Race 12: #7
Adhamo , #10 Emmanuel , #12 Funtastic Again  

Race 13: #4

Race 14: #1
Armando R  

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