Sports Horse Racing Preakness 2018

Preakness 2018: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about Preakness 2018:

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  • Where?

    Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore

  • When?

    Saturday, May 19

  • When does the race start?

    Post time for the Preakness Stakes is around 6:45 p.m. There are 13 other races Preakness Saturday, starting around 10:30 a.m.

  • How long does the race last?

    Cloud Computing won last year’s Preakness State in 1 minute, 55.98 seconds.

  • What horses will run?

    Kentucky Derby winner Justify and Derby runner-up Good Magic lead the eight-horse field of 3-year-old thoroughbreds.

  • How to buy tickets? How much?

    An infield pass costs $100 and options go to $155. Premium seating ranges from $200 to $720, with Grandstand from $135 to $385. Clubhouse tickets go from $75 to $200 and Concourse from $120 to $160. For information, call 877-206-8042 or go to preakness.com/tickets.

  • How big is the crowd?

    An announced 140,327 came to Pimlico for the 2017 Preakness, the fourth straight Preakness Day to attract a record crowd.

  • When does the track open?

    On Preakness Day, gates open at 8 a.m., with the 14-race card beginning late morning, around 10:30.

  • Which music acts are playing?

    Headlined by rappers Post Malone, 21 Savage and electronic music duo Odesza, Preakness InfieldFest will downsize to one concert stage, rather than the usual two. The concert will begin with DJ sets from Vice and Frank Walker. Check the InfieldFest schedule for set times.

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

    Backpacks, duffel bags, opaque coolers, laser pointers, umbrellas and alcoholic beverages are among the many items banned under security guidelines, which differ slightly for the infield and rest of the complex. Rules on outside food and drink are stricter than in years past.

  • Where should I park?

    Limited spots are available in lots around the track. Advance passes can be purchased by phone at 877-206-8042 or online. First-come, first-served day-of parking is $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.

  • How do I get there on public transportation?

    Shuttle buses are to run to and from the closest subway station, Rogers Avenue, and light rail station, Cold Spring Lane. LocalLink buses stop near Pimlico along routes 30, 31, 34, 85, 91, 92, and 94. Those traveling from D.C. can take the MARC train to Penn Station, then transfer to light rail. For more information, consult our getting there guide.

  • Where will the race be on TV?

    NBC will broadcast the race again, with coverage beginning at 5 p.m. Pre-race coverage, on NBCSN, starts at 2:30.

  • 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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