Sports Horse Racing Preakness 2017

Preakness 2016: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about Preakness 2016:

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  • Where?

    Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore

  • When?

    Saturday, May 21

  • When does the race start?

    Post time for the Preakness Stakes around 6:45 p.m.

  • How long does the race last?

    American Pharoah won last year’s Preakness Stakes in 1 minute, 58.46 seconds.

  • What horses will run?

    A field of the best 3-year-old thoroughbreds in the country, likely including the winner of the May 7 Kentucky Derby.

  • How to buy tickets? How much?

    Infield passes are currently $85 and will go up to $95 on race day, with reserved grandstand seats starting at $133. For information, call 877-206-8042 or e-mail

  • How big is the crowd?

    Last year’s race, the 140th running, drew a record attendance of 131,680.

  • When does the track open?

    On Preakness Day, the infield generally opens at 8 a.m., with the 14-race card beginning late morning.

  • Which music acts are playing?

    Electronic duo the Chainsmokers and rapper Fetty Wap will headline on the main stage with pop-punk band All Time Low taking top billing on the second stage. See pop music critic Wesley Case's preview for an overview of each act and see the schedule for a simple list of stages and set times.

  • What can’t fans bring in to the track?

    Back packs, duffel bags, coolers, laser pointers, umbrellas and alcoholic beverages are among the many items banned under security guidelines, outlined in full at

  • Where should you park?

    Spots are available in several lots around the track, with advance passes available through the tickets sales department at 877-206-8042 and day-of parking available first-come, first-serve at $65. Limited parking is also generally available on surrounding side streets. Be advised that several roads will be closed in the vicinity of the track.

  • Where will the race be on TV?

    NBC will broadcast the race again, with coverage usually beginning at 4:30 p.m., preceded by pre-race coverage on NBCSN.

  • Where's the bathroom/stage/beer?

    Our infield map can help you find your way.

  • How do I place a bet?

    As long as you're at least 18, walk right up to a betting window in the concourse or infield and make your wager. Need some help? Consult our expert advice on betting strategy and mechanics and on the fields for Saturday's 14-race card.

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