Media Information Guide

PREAKNESS MEDIA RELATIONS

Communications Staff

Mike Gathagan                          Vice President-Communications
Rich Paul                                    Press Box Supervisor
Dave Rodman                           Track Announcer
Gabby Gaudet                           Racing Analyst
Keith Feustle                             Handicapper
Jim McCue                                Track Photographer
Vera Angell                                Webmaster       

Notes Team
Ed Gray; Matt Graves; Mike Kane; Gary Yunt

Video News Feed
Billy Kistner; Keith Mills; Steve Martin

Photo Marshal
Paul Randall

preakness.com
Kent Baker; Jerry Dzierwinski; Bob Fortus; Phil Janack; Sandy McKee

Social Media Coordinator
Joan Lawrence

Press Box Support
Stacie Benes; Kevin Decker; Joe Fonte; Michael Glasser; Michaela Welden

Pimlico Live Racing Chats/Wagering 101 Infield Tent
www.horseplayernow.com

DAILY NOTES

Information and updates on Preakness Stakes contenders, their connections, morning workouts and other Preakness week news will be provided daily in the press box and posted on www.preakness.com. News will also be available on the Preakness Facebook page and Twitter account.

PRESS SECURITY

The Maryland Jockey Club has joined local, state and federal law enforcement and other government agencies to develop and implement a thorough series of safety and security procedures for the 139th Preakness Stakeson Saturday, May 17, 2014.

While there has been no specific threat against either Pimlico Race Course or the Preakness Stakes, security concerns at major sporting events have never been of greater importance. The Preakness Stakes ranks as one of the largest single-day sporting events in the country. At least 100,000 have attended on-site in 11 of the previous 13 years, including a record 121,309 in 2012.

Credentialed media representatives will be required to show photo identification before gaining entry to the stakes barn when entering through the Rogers Avenue parking lot each day and the press box for the first time beginning Preakness Day. The credential will be punched before entry to the press box. 

CREDENTIALS

PRESS:

Media Credentials provide general access to the grandstand, clubhouse and to the stable areas (front and back sides) during training hours.

Access is NOT provided to the Jockey Club, corporate tents or Horsemen’s seating area – NO EXCEPTIONS.

Credentials DO NOT provide access to the saddling area on the turf course for the Preakness Stakes or the winners’ circle. Those are distributed by Mike Gathagan upon request. A limited number are available.

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING ALL BARNS UNLESS PERSONALLY INVITED BY A TRAINER OR OWNER.

Upon arrival, please check in with our staff for viewing stations. The Pimlico press box is wireless.

On Preakness Day, a limited number of B (Balcony) stickers will be provided for the viewing spots on the porch.

Maryland State Law Prohibits smoking in the press box

PHOTOGRAPHERS:

A wireless photo room is available in the Third Division of the grandstand. For the 10th straight year, the Maryland Jockey Club has teamed up with Nikon to provide camera repair, 24-hour loans and vests during Preakness week. The repair room, which is located in the photo room,is open to any credentialed photographer. The loaning of gear is done on a first come first served basis.

Due to safety constraints, only a limited number of photographers will be granted restricted roof access, designated by a P (Photo) sticker for Preakness day.

A MANDATORY meeting for ALL photographers will be scheduled in the winners’ circle on Friday morning, May 16.  Nikon will also be providing vests for cupola and finish line access. A limited number will be allowed in both areas.

PARKING

Except for Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness days, credentials are valid for parking in the Press Lot , located on the corner of Rogers and Winner Avenues, adjacent to the Stakes Barn (Barn E) or the Rogers 6A lot, directly across from the Press Lot.

A limited number of parking placards will be available for MEMBERS OF THE WORKING MEDIA ONLY on May 16 and 17, for the Rogers Avenue Press Lot or the Rogers 6A lot, directly across from the Press Lot.

POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE

After the Preakness Stakes, the Maryland Jockey Club will hold a formal press conference with the winning connections in a tent behind the cupola. The press conference will begin immediately after NBC signs off (approximately 6:45 p.m.). The news conference will provide 2-way audio between the press box and the infield tent and 1-way video - from the tent to the press box.  ASAP Sports will provide a transcript of the entire event.