Sports Horse Racing Preakness 2017

Preakness 2017: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about Preakness 2017:

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  • Where?

    Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore

  • When?

    Saturday, May 20

  • When does the race start?

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

  • How long does the race last?

    Exaggerator won last year’s Preakness Stakes in 1 minute, 58.31 seconds.

  • What horses will run?

    A field of the best 3-year-old thoroughbreds in the country. Ten horses are confirmed for the Preakness Stakes, including Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, Derby runner-up Lookin At Lee, and Classic Empire, seen as Always Dreaming's top challenger.

  • How to buy tickets? How much?

    An infield pass costs $100 through Friday, rising to $110 Preakness Day. Reserved seats start at $120. $40 general admission lets you stand inside the grandstand or clubhouse buildings. For information, call 877-206-8042 or go to

  • How big is the crowd?

    Last year’s race, the 141st running, drew a record attendance of 135,256.

  • 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?

    Scheduled to take the main stage at 4 p.m., Sam Hunt, the Nashville star known for mixing country, pop and R&B, is InfieldFest's headliner. He's preceded on the main stage by EDM star Zedd at 1 p.m. Acts on the second stage, known as the DeKuyper Stage, are High Valley (10 a.m.), LoCash (11:45 a.m.) and Good Charlotte (2:30 p.m.). Learn more about the lineup from our music critic's preview and get the schedule on phone's lockscreen with our downloadable wallpaper.

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

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

  • 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?

    The MTA expected three Light Rail stations, Mount Washington, Cold Spring Lane (the closest to Pimlico), and Woodberry, to be closed Preakness Day due to fallen trees and poles. A shuttle bus was to run from the North Avenue station to take passengers to the race track. The closest Metro subway stop is Rogers Avenue, where a shuttle to Pimlico will be available. A Park & Ride Express Bus will run from the Poly-Western High School parking lot. Local bus routes 27, 91, 44, and 54 have stops near the track.

  • 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.

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