Jockey Abel Mariano heads back to the paddock after the first race of the day ahead of the 143rd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)
Things are very wet at Pimlico Race Course, thank you for asking. It has rained around Baltimore for the past three days, and the precipitation has continued in spurts all through Saturday morning and afternoon.
The result hours before race time is a sloppy track and a very messy day for racegoers. More rain is likely as the day continues, according to the National Weather Service, and it should not let up until an hour or two after the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans.
Here’s what the scene at Pimlico has looked like this week and on race day as the water kept coming down.
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A horse walks on a sloppy track after a day and a half of rain Thursday at Pimlico. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press) Ricardo Santana Jr., aboard Tap Daddy, leads during the fifth race Saturday. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports) Racing fans navigate the muddy conditions at Pimlico. (Nick Wass/Associated Press) Paco Lopez, aboard Red Ruby (4), and Luis Saez, aboard Coach Rocks (3), lead the pack during the Black-Eyed Susan on Friday. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports) In Arrears is muddied after winning the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Race on Friday. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
A muddied jockey is seen prior to the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images) A fan falls back into a puddle of mud during in the infield prior to the running of the 143rd Preakness Steaks at Pimlico Race Course. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports) A pair of shoes are left in deep mud in the infield ahead of the 143rd Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico race track. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)
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