BALTIMORE, 04-04-14---Baltimore Ravens All-Pro kicker Justin Tucker helped kick off Preakness festivities with a series of humorous social media commercials that debuted earlier today. In the first video http://youtu.be/qdHJGq29kaU, Tucker causes trouble at Pimlico Race Course and has to relinquish his tickets to the 139th running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1), the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, which will be held Saturday, May 17.
“The Preakness last year was a total blast,” said Tucker, who has made 92% of his field goal attempts during his two year NFL career. “It is not just a race, it is a big party. There are a lot of different things going on from the infield to the grandstand. It was definitely fun to be a part of.”
Fans have a chance to win Tucker’s tickets by submitting a creative picture or video to the Preakness InfieldFest Instagram @Infieldfest, using #Shameless4IFF, for the chance to score the tickets. The first place finisher will receive four tickets to the new Mug & Vine section. The second and third place finishers each earn two Infieldfest tickets.
“Justin was gracious enough to help us promote Preakness and he really had fun,” Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas said. “We look forward to having Justin and many of his Ravens teammates out here next month to enjoy the day.”
2014 Preakness InfieldFest will be headlined by Grammy winner Lorde. Switchfoot, Eli Young Band, Sundy Best and Go Go Gadjet will perform on the Jägermeister stage. Additional information can be found on www.preakness.com.
About Pimlico Race Course
Historic 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 and Cigar thunder down the stretch in thrilling and memorable competition. For more information on Pimlico, visit www.pimlico.com.
Pimlico Race Course is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.