The 2019 Preakness Stakes has a different feel this year. The Triple Crown is already off the table because the Kentucky Derby winner is not racing. You can watch Preakness Stakes live free online streaming with or without cable via the NBC Sports Live Extra mobile app, or catch all the horse race action on TV by tuning into NBC with the start i.e. Post Time scheduled for 6:48 pm EST.
To watch the 2019 Preakness Stakes live online streaming for free, you’ll want to take advantage of a FuboTV 7-day free trial. FuboTV includes NBC so you can jump right in and be good to go. Then if you like the service after a week you can signup to continue for $44.99 a month and enjoy many popular channels without needing a cable subscription.
Another way to watch the 2019 Preakness Stakes online streaming for free is via Hulu Live TV. NBC is included in the Hulu Live TV package, though you have to do a zip code check to ensure there’s not an exception in your area. More than likely there won’t be.
Where the Hulu + Live TV service gets a leg up on fuboTV is it also includes access to their entire vast catalog of SVOD i.e. existing shows content. This may be important to folks to want to watch a lot of catalog non-sports content with their subscription.
If you’re on a computer and have cable or satellite then the 2019 Preakness Stakes live stream is available here at NBC Sports Live Extra. Alternatively the NBC Sports Live Extra mobile app will also grant you access to watch the Preakness Stakes online with a cable or satellite provider login.
The last time the Preakness Stakes race began without a Triple Crown hopeful in the field was 1996. Back then, over two decades ago, Grindstone was forced into early retirement due to an injury.
This year the Kentucky Derby winner, Country House, has come down with an illness and won’t be racing.
Of course there are those who believe Maximum Security was the true winner of that race and shouldn’t have been disqualified. Well he’s out of the Preakness, too, because the Triple Crown is off the table and his team feels cheated out of the opportunity.
The craziness of the Kentucky Derby has also led to the third and fourth places finishers, Code of Honor and Tacitus, to skip the Preakness as well.
You have to turn the clock back all the way to 1951 for the last time the first four Kentucky Derby finishers were not running in the Preakness.
The TV coverage start time for today’s 2019 Preakness Stakes race on NBC starts at 2 pm EST with pre-race coverage called the Preakness Stakes Prep. Race coverage gets underway at 5 pm EST on NBC, but the actual two-minute race won’t get underway until precisely 6:48 pm EST / 3:48 pm PST, about a half hour later than last year.