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    What to Know if You Go to Preakness

    Preakness is this Saturday in Baltimore. Here's what you should know. (Published Friday, May 18, 2018)

    Grab those fancy hats. It's almost time for the Preakness.

    The 143rd Preakness Stakes, the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown happens next Saturday in Baltimore. 

    Besides knowing a little bit about horse racing (Kentucky Derby winner Justify is a favorite to win this race), here are other things to know about the event if you're planning on going:


    Pimlico Race Course (5201 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, Maryland 21215)


    The first race begins at 10:30 a.m. with a dozen races throughout the day before the Preakness Stakes.


    Tickets range from $65 to $275 depending on where you park and what kind of vehicle you have.

    The events and exclusive areas:

    Depending where you sit, tickets range from $40 to $720.

    Budweiser Infieldfest Concert

    This year’s festival entertainers include Post Malone, 21 Savage, Odesza, Frank Walker and Vice. Tickets for the Infieldfest starts at $100. Partygoers can enjoy food, drinks, wagering and the view of the race from the Infield.

    Grandstand Apron Box

    This outdoor seating comes with access to wagering windows, a view of the finish line, food and drinks concessions, and admission to the Infieldfest. Parking is not included. Tickets are $220.

    Preakness Village - Turf Club Tent

    Tickets for this exclusive area includes parking, access to the Infieldfest, all-inclusive luncheon and open bar, and various entertainment. Tickets are $720.

    For more information, check out their website

    What not to bring:

    There are a lot of things you can’t bring into the event, like outside food and drink, coolers, chairs and tables, backpacks, fireworks, weapons and more. For a full list, see their website

    If you want to stay home instead, you can watch the races live on NBC Sports from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and NBC from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    CORRECTION: (Friday, May 18, 2018, 10:30 a.m. ET): An earlier version of this article listed an incorrect number of races leading up to the Preakness Stakes.