Preakness 2012: Frequently asked questions

What time is the Preakness Stakes run?

At about 6:20 p.m.

How long does it last?

Usually 2-3 minutes.

How much are Preakness tickets?

InfieldFest tickets are $60; Mug Club is an extra $20. Other ticket prices vary. Call 410-542-9400 or go to

What is Pimlico's address?

5201 Park Heights Ave. in Baltimore

What time does Pimlico open?

Gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday for the infield, Top of the Strech and the facility; 10 a.m. for the Village and Turfside Terrace.

Are there any other races being run on Saturday?

There are about a dozen races in addition to the Preakness. The first post time is 10 a.m.

What can't I bring into the 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 off limits. Coolers larger than 28 inches long by 15 inches wide by 17 inches tall aren't allowed in the infield, and coolers larger than 12 inches wide by 12 inches long aren't allowed in Top of the Stretch.

What you can bring into the infield?

Picnic lunches and other food items are OK. They can be carried in backpacks and coolers — just not thermoses. Beach blankets and lightweight aluminum or plastic chairs are allowed in the infield only, and cell phones, cameras up to 35mm are allowed in both the infield and Top of the Stretch.

How can I use mass transit to get to Pimlico?

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

Are there taxis?

Yes, but taxis can be hard to find afterward. There should be some cabs available on the west side of Pimlico Road (off Northern Parkway).

Where can I park?

This close to Preakness, official lots may be full — try Nearby street parking is possible, but spotty. Some neighborhood residents rent spaces in their driveways and lawns; park there at your own risk.

Where can I watch the Preakness on TV?

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.

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