Preakness 2013 FAQ

The 2013 Preakness will be held on Saturday, May, 18. The gates will open at 8 a.m. Musical acts perform throughout the day. The Preakness Stakes starts around 6:20 p.m. For the full lineup of races, see the races schedule.
If you count the concerts and the socializing, the Preakness can be all-day event, but the actual horse race lasts only 2 to 3 minutes. Gates open at 8 a.m. for Infield, Top of the Stretch and the Facility ticket-holders. Other ticket-holders can get in at 10 a.m.
The Preakness is held at Pimlico Race Course (Address/map: 5201 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore.)
No. If you leave, you can't re-enter the course using the same ticket. This applies to all areas including the infield and the grandstand.

Yes.

By Public Transit: Maryland Transit Administration bus lines 27, 91, 44 and 54 (via Park Heights Avenue) all drop passengers off near the racetrack. Round-trip bus passes are $3.20 and day passes are $3.50. The MTA is also running shuttles from the Rogers Avenue Metro station and the Cold Spring Lane light rail station.

By Taxi: Getting there shouldn't be an issue, but taxis can be hard to find afterward. There should be some cabs available on the west side of Pimlico Road (off Northern Parkway).

Close to Preakness, official lots may become full -- try ticketmaster.com. Nearby street parking is possible, but spotty. Some neighborhood residents rent spaces in their driveways and lawns; park there at your own risk.
You must be 18 years old to bet on the races and 21 years old to drink alcohol. People under 18 and 21 can attend the Preakness in all areas including the infield, but Pimlico's alcohol policy is strictly enforced.
Rapper Pitbull and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will play the main stage. Chevelle, Florida Georgia Line and Kristen and The Noise will play the Jagermeister stage. View set times on the live music schedule. See the infield map for stage locations.

Infield: For the past few years, outside beverages such as cans or bottles of water, alcohol or soda are banned from the infield and Top of the Stretch. Balls or balloons are also forbidden. Because of extra security measures put in place after the Boston marathon bombing, coolers of all sizes and backpacks and duffle bags are no longer permitted.

Grandstands: With greater security in place, the restrictions in this area are almost now identical to the infield.

All areas:

  • NEW for 2013: Backpacks and duffle bags
  • NEW for 2013: All sizes of coolers
  • NEW for 2013: Laser lights
  • NEW for 2013: Cameras with detachable lenses or lenses longer than six inches
  • Bulk or oversized carrying devices
  • Glass containers of any kind
  • Handcarts or wheeled carts
  • Hibachis or barbeques
  • Ladders, scaffolding or other raised devices
  • Liquor or drugs of any kind
  • Non-folding, or folding metal, furniture
  • Tents
  • Weapons of any kind

Infield and Grandstand: Picnic lunches and other food items are OK. They can be carried in small clear bags or small clear plastic containers. Thermoses are not allowed.

Infield only: Beach blankets and lightweight aluminum or plastic chairs are allowed, and cellphones and cameras up to 35mm are allowed in both the infield and Top of the Stretch.

The race airs live on NBC (WBAL Channel 11); coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. NBC Sports Network, Horse Racing TV (HRTV) and ESPN will also have coverage.

If you are a subscriber to a participating television provider, you can stream Preakness coverage including the Preakness Stakes race on your computer, smartphone or tablet through NBC Sports Live Extra.

Maryland Public Television will air a State Circle Preakness Special 7:30 p.m. Friday on MPT and 8 a.m. Sunday on MPT2.

Preakness was named for the first colt to win the first stakes ever run at Pimlico.
The Preakness is for 3-year-old colts, geldings and fillies. See the Preakness Stakes field to view the horses set to run and their owners, trainers and jockeys.
The teller needs to know the number of the race, the name of the racetrack, the amount of the bet, the type of bet, and the number of the horse. See the betting guide for types of bets, how to phrase things and other tips. You must be 18 or older to bet.
View the latest forecast for Baltimore on the weather page.
This is the 138th Preakness.
1 3/16 miles (about the distance from Camden Yards' Eutaw Street to the Shot Tower).
Crab cakes and Black-Eyed Susan cocktails (traditionally, vodka, rum and orange liqueur mixed with orange and pineapple juices) are the traditional way to go. If you're feeling more adventurous, see what local chefs recommend in our Preakness-themed recipes and Preakness cocktails with a twist galleries.
Yes. ATMs will be placed in both the grandstand and infield areas. For infield locations, see the infield map.

For infield restrooms, see the infield map.

In the clubhouse, bathrooms are located on the first floor near the bar, on the second floor at the grandstand end of the Main Dining Room and on the third floor by the grandstand entrance to Sports Palace.

In the grandstand, bathrooms are located on the first floor just inside the Rogers Avenue entrance and near the pizza stand (the men's room is up steps just inside the grandstand entrance and the women's room is up steps near the elevator), and on the second floor behind the Tripe Crown Room.

We can't make any guarantees, but we think our infield map will help you keep your way. On it, find the locations of restrooms, food and beverage concessions, ATMs, betting stations, the Main stage, the J├Ągermeister second stage, first aid centers, Mug Club beer stands, the Jager Dome, flag football, the Top of the Stretch, Turfside Terrace, Preakness Village and Winner's Circle.
If you are a subscriber to a participating television provider, you can stream Preakness coverage including the Preakness Stakes race on your computer, smartphone or tablet through NBC Sports Live Extra.

The Baltimore Department of Transportation announced the following road closures and re-routing of traffic:

Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.: The southbound Jones Falls Expressway exit ramp to eastbound Northern Parkway will be closed, and motorists will be redirected to the Cold Spring Lane exits. Cylburn Avenue from Northern Parkway to Greenspring Avenue will also be closed.

Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: The southbound Jones Falls Expressway exit ramp to westbound Northern Parkway will be closed, and motorists will be directed to the Cold Spring Lane exits. Also, westbound Northern Parkway from Falls Road to Greenspring Avenue will be closed.

If we knew, we'd tell our bookie before we told you. Here is some analysis and betting tips, and who horse racing journalists are picking. Also see the Preakness Stakes field page for horse information and latest odds.
9:50 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the J├Ągermeister Stage. See the schedule for the music and entertainment lineup on InfieldFest's two stages. See the infield map for stage locations.
In addition to the Preakness Stakes, there are 12 other races on Saturday. See the races schedule for post times, distances and what kinds of horses are running.
This year, the bottomless beer mugs that are a part of Pimlico's Mug Club are available only through the purchase of a special Infield admission ticket. Mugs can be refilled with any draft beer at exclusive Mug Club stations (see infield map) throughout the day. The Mug Club opens at 8 a.m., with last call at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are sold out.
Yes. The Infield will sell single drinks in the beer garden. From 8 a.m. to noon, domestic drafts will be $2, and go up to $4 afterward.
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