Before shipping Kentucky Derby winner Justify to Pimlico Race Course for the 143rd Preakness, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sat through a delay in Florida on Tuesday night. While waiting for his flight, there’s a pretty good chance Baffert was listening to Preakness InfieldFest headliner Post Malone.
"I'm glad to see Post Malone here,” Baffert told the Pimlico crowd at Wednesday’s post position draw, “because I really like his music.
“My kids are here. We met him at the Pegasus [World Cup at Gulfstream Park in January], and he’s a character. I actually, I really listen to his music.”
So how did Baffert, winner of five Kentucky Derbies, six Preakness Stakes, two Belmont Stakes and a Triple Crown with American Pharoah in 2015 — the first since 1978 — get exposed to an artist whose music Pitchfork describes as “mostly melodic trap” and whose breakout single is titled “White Iverson”? Probably the way everybody else was.
Post Malone’s new album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, is No. 1 in the country for the second week in a row after being certified platinum in just four days, and the rapper currently has 15 songs in the Billboard Hot 100, which takes sales, radio play and online streaming into account. The album’s single, "Rockstar" with 21 Savage — who will also perform at InfieldFest — was released in September 2017 and quickly rose to No. 1 on the Hot 100. That’s all after his debut album, “Stoney,” went double platinum.
We’ll see whether Baffert takes time out of his busy Preakness day to partake in the infield debauchery. The InfieldFest concert begins with DJ sets from Vice and Frank Walker before Post Malone, 21 Savage and electronic music duo Odesza take the stage.