How to Watch The Preakness Stakes Live Stream

Don't miss the second leg in the Triple Crown of live horse racing

Horses race in the Preakness Stakes.

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The Preakness Stakes is on NBC again in 2019, which means you can tune in for free if you have an antenna and a local NBC station. Other options, both free and paid, are available for cord-cutters and anyone else who just prefers to stream the race over the internet.

The official NBC Sports stream of the Preakness Stakes provides a free trial viewing period, and the race is also available through streaming services like Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV. For more information about how to use these and other options to stream live horse racing, read on.

Date: May 18, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM ET
Post Time: 6:20 PM ET (Approximately)
Location: Pimlico
Stream: NBC, NBC Sports

How to Stream the Preakness Stakes from NBC

The Preakness Stakes is broadcast over the air by your local NBC station, so you can tune in for free if you have a television, an antenna, and a nearby NBC affiliate. If you haven't cut the cord, and you have a valid cable subscription, or you can borrow one, you can also stream the full event through the NBC Sports website.

In addition to the NBC Sports website, you can also download an NBC Sports app for your phone, streaming device, or even game console.

The NBC Sports site provides a free trial viewing period, but it only lasts a few minutes. You can watch for those few minutes if you want, or remove the restriction with valid login information for a cable or satellite provider. Since your free trial may run out during the race if you don't log in, this isn't a good method for cord-cutters. For a longer trial, look at services like Hulu or fuboTV.

Here's how to stream the Preakness Stakes through NBC Sports:

  1. Navigate to the NBC Preakness Stakes streaming site. The player will load, and Preakness Stakes coverage will be available when the event goes live.

    A screenshot of NBC Sports.

    NBC Sports only allows you to watch a short live preview by default. Users with valid cable or satellite subscriptions can remove this time limit.

  2. If your limited preview expires, and you either have or can borrow a cable login, scroll down and click VERIFY NOW.

    A screenshot of NBC Sports.
  3. Select your cable or satellite provider.

    A screenshot of NBC Sports showing the TV provider selection screen.
  4. Log into your cable or satellite account.

    A screenshot of the TV provider login on NBC Sports.
  5. If you provide valid login information, the time limit will be removed, and you'll be able to watch the entire event.

What Streaming Services Include the Preakness?

The best way for cord-cutters to stream the Preakness Stakes is through an internet streaming service. These services are like cable, and they provide access to the same exact live content you get from cable, but they work through your high speed internet connection.

Each streaming service signs deals with networks and TV stations, which is how they get the rights to broadcast live television. That's why some streaming services are able to provide you with a live stream of NBC, and others aren't. It's all based on where you live, and whether or not the service has a deal with your local NBC affiliate.

  • Hulu with Live TV: This service provides the widest access to NBC. If it isn't available in your area, try a different one.
  • YouTube TV: NBC is available in most major markets, and a lot of smaller markets, though this service.
  • PlayStation Vue: This streaming service works very well for PlayStation 4 users, but you can also watch it on your computer, phone, or streaming device. It has decent coverage for NBC.
  • DirecTV Now: This service also has decent NBC coverage.
  • Sling TV: NBC is only available in select major markets through this service, but it's a very affordable option if your area is covered.
  • fuboTV: This sports-focused streaming service has limited NBC coverage, but it's still worth checking out in case your area is included.

Streaming the Preakness on Mobile, Streaming Device and Consoles

In addition to streaming through a web browser on your computer, you can also stream the Preakness Stakes on your phone, tablet, streaming device, and even game console if you have the right app.

NBC Sports has apps for most major devices, but you still need a valid cable or satellite subscription to log in. If you decided to use one of the services from the previous section, they all have apps as well.

Here are the apps you'll need to stream the Preakness Stakes through NBC Sports:

How to Stream the Preakness Audio For Free

NBC Sports radio covers the Preakness Stakes, just like the NBC and NBC Sports television networks. That means you can listen for free if you have a local NBC Sports radio station. Most local stations also have an option to listen online.

If you don't have a local NBC Sports radio station, you can use a radio streaming site to listen in on a station from another geographic area.

The other option is to tune in through the Horse Racing Radio Network. This site carries a lot of the biggest races, including the whole Triple Crown.

Here's how to stream the Preakness Stakes on Horse Racing Radio Network for free:

  1. Navigate to horseracingradio.net.

    A screenshot of HRRN.
  2. Click the Play button.

    A screenshot of the HRRN Listen Live page.

    The live radio page on this site includes a Flash player and a lot of banner advertisements. If you have difficulty finding the player, look for the black and yellow HRRN logo with a play button in the center.

  3. Audio from the race should play when you click the play button. If it doesn't, or you don't see a play button at all, check to see if your Flash player is updated.

Is There Any Other Way to Stream Live Horse Racing for Free?

The other way to catch a free live stream of the Preakness Stakes is through a sports betting site. These sites don't give you access to the official NBC Sports stream, so you don't get to watch any of the festivities or other events leading up to the races. Instead, they usually provide a live feed of the track.

This isn't a good option if you want to sit down and watch the full Preakness Stakes coverage from NBC, but it is an option if you just want to see the results of the race live.

Full 2019 Preakness Schedule

The Preakness Stakes is the second leg in the venerated Triple Crown, and there's a lot more to watch than just the race itself. The Black Eyed Susan Stakes kicks off the festivities the day before the Preakness Stakes, and then on the day of the race you'll find coverage on NBC Sports and then NBC throughout much of the day.

Here's the full Preakness Stakes schedule for 2019:

Date Event Time Broadcaster
May 17 Black Eyed Susan 3:00 - 5:00 PM ET NBC Sports Network
May 18 Preakness Undercard 2:30 - 5:00 PM ET NBC Sports Network
May 18 144th Preakness Stakes Begins 5:00 PM ET NBC

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