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The 144th Preakness

What you need to know

Championship racing returns to legendary Pimlico Race Course Thursday for the opening of its 12-day Preakness Meet at Pimlico, highlighted by the 144th running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 18. The Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the 1 3/16-mile Preakness anchors nine stakes on a 14-race card, with the first post time on Preakness Day at 10:30am.

The 95th running of the $250,000 Xpressbet Black-Eyed Susan for 3-year-old fillies is the focal point of a 14-race program on Friday, May 17 that offers seven stakes including the historic $300,000 Pimlico Special. Post time is 11:30 a.m.

National television coverage will be provided by NBCSN from 3 to 5 p.m. on Black-Eyed Susan Day and 2 to 5 p.m. (NBCSN) and 5 to 7 p.m. (NBC) on Preakness Day.

Legendary Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness® Stakes, the Middle Jewel in horse racing’s famed Triple Crown, first opened its doors on October 25, 1870, and is the second oldest racetrack in the United States. Pimlico has played host to racing icons and Baltimoreans have seen the likes of legendary horses such as Man o’ War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Affirmed, American Pharaoh, and Cigar thunder down the stretch in thrilling and memorable competition.

For decades, Preakness InfieldFest has been a landmark experience for horse racing fans – merging the youthful energy of live music with the Stakes spirit. Featuring performances by world renowned artists from the heart of the historic Pimlico Race Course, InfieldFest redefines the culture of Thoroughbred racing. A multi-entertainment festival with unique offerings like the popular MUG Club, the music begins early on Preakness day and is accompanied by world class races that can only be seen at the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. InfieldFest has showcased many of music’s biggest names, including Bruno Mars, Post Malone, The Chainsmokers, Maroon 5, Zedd, Childish Gambino, ODESZA, Sam Hunt, and more.

2019 is Infield’s biggest year yet, featuring internationally acclaimed stars such as:

  • DJ and producer Kygo
  • Platinum hip hop recording artist and Maryland native, Logic
  • Grammy Award-winning DJ and producer Diplo
  • Breakout hip hop star Juice Wrld
  • Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Fisher
  • DJ Frank Walker.

Get your tickets for Preakness here and InfieldFest here.