Preakness Stakes: When to Start, How to Watch, and What You Need to Know


Closing the nine field is Armagnac, previously trained by cornered Bob Baffert. Fenwick, trained by Kevin McKathan, who runs a young horse training center that produces things like American Pharoah and Silver Charm; Skippylongstocking or stocking with four dark colored legs.

The story of Preakness’s infield party is legendary. Beer coolers, portable toilet races, bikini competitions, sofas from the streets.

Over the years there have been more and more restrictions to curb overly violent behavior by infield standards, but last year’s event may have been the smoothest of them all. Due to the epidemic, organizers have limited attendance to 10,000 people, including infielders. However, the concert continued and 400 pods, each seating 4 to 8 people, were arranged on a lawn separated by a metal fence. 2 Chainz, D-Nice and Major Lazer performed.

But the full-fledged party that Preakness seekers know and love – the best musical performances and a dizzying bar of beer – is back and now spans two days.

Friday, the day traditionally represented by the Black-Eyed Susan race for mares, hosts the first Preakness Live Culinary, Art and Music Festival featuring Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion, Brittney Spencer and more. Celebrities chefs Tom Colicchio, Marcus Samuelsson and Gail Simmons and local chefs will give food demonstrations and local artists will present installations in what is called the Art Garden.

On Saturday, the traditional InfieldFest returns with headlines Marshmello, Chainsmokers and MoneyBagg Yo. You’ll probably spot Kegasus, the mythical centaur mascot.

So let the extended debauchery begin. This time many hope it never stops again.

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