FAQs

ACTIVITIES: Are there any other activities I can attend prior to the Preakness?

Yes, please visit our Preakness Week Events page.
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AIRPORT: What is the nearest airport?

BWI (Baltimore Washington International) 1-800-435-9294
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BETTING AGE: How old do you have to be to place a bet?

18 years of age.
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CHILDREN: Can I bring my children and do they need a ticket for BES or Preakness Day?

Yes, but they must be under adult supervision at all times.

Seating for Black-Eyed Susan Day and Preaknes Day: Children under the age of 5 don't need a ticket as long as they don't occupy a seat.  If the child under the age of 5 does require a seat, you will need to purchase a ticket for that seat at full price.

InfieldFest: Children under the age of 7 admitted free.

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DIRECTIONS: How do I get to Pimlico Race Course?

1.  95 North:
      I-95 N to 695 W, Take exit 18 Lochearn (Liberty Road), Go down 7 traffic lights and make a Left
      turn on Northern Parkway, make a Right on Park Heights Ave, follow signs for parking.
 
2.  New York/Philadelphia/New Jersey/Delaware/Northern/Baltimore County:
     I-95 S to 695 W, take 695 W to I-83 S, take I-83 S to Northern Parkway West and follow signs fo
     parking.
 
3.  Inner Harbor:
     I-83 N to Northern Parkway West and follow signs for parking.
 
4.  Frederick:
     I-70 E to 695 W (follow directions for 695 W from 5N).
 
5.  Harrisburg:
     I-83 S to 695 W (stay on this for a short while before getting back on I-83 S), take Northern
    Parkway West and follow signs for parking.
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LOST & FOUND: I've lost someone/something, where do I go?

Report to the security office - 1st floor Grandstand.
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HOTELS: Are there hotels close to Pimlico Race Course?

  1. Pimlico Area Hotels:
    1. Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys (410) 532-6900
    2. Embassy Suites Hunt Valley -  (410) 584-1400
    3. Residence Inn by Marriott - Hunt Valley (410) 527-2333
    4. Baltimore Hotel, Hunt Valley Inn - (410) 785-7000
  2. Baltimore City Hotels:
    1. Embassy Suites - St. Paul Street (410) 727-2222
    2. Hyatt Regency - Light Street (410) 528-1234
    3. Hilton Baltimore - W. Pratt (443) 573-8700
    4. Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace - Pratt (410) 547-1200

      For a full listing of hotels, places to eat, and places to see while in Baltimore, click here.

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MEDICATION: What do I do if my medication needs to be kept cool?

Visit the First Aid station located on the 1st floor of the Grandstand.
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MTA: Will the MTA provide transportation for the Preakness?

  1.  MTA packet will be included with purchased tickets or you may call 1-866-RIDE-MTA or visit www.mtamaryland.com.
     
  2.  Public Transportation:

        MTA Bus, Metro Subway, and Light Rail info:
        Baltimore area: (410) 539-5000
        Toll Free: 1-866-RIDE MTA (743-3682)
        TTY: (410) 539-3497
     

  3.  Officials at Pimlico suggest that fans arriving at Pimlico by car on Preakness Day allow sufficient time for convenient access in entering the track. Facility admission gates, and the Infield open at 8:00 a.m. on Preakness Day with a first post of 10:30 a.m. The Clubhouse Turn Reserved, and the first crossover to Corporate Village and Turfside Terrace open at 10:00 a.m.
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POST-POSITION DRAW: When does the Post-Position Draw for the Preakness Stakes occur?

The Post-Position draw takes place the Wednesday prior to the Preakness.  Click here for more information.
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RE-ENTRY: Can I re-enter Pimlico after leaving?

There will be no re-entry into the Grandstand/Clubhouse facility, or Infield.

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SECURITY INFO: How can I find a complete listing of the security procedures?

To view the complete list of the Security Policies, click here.

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SMOKING: Where can I smoke?

Smoking is not permitted in the paddock area or any other indoor area.

Smoking is prohibited in all seating sections.

Smoking is permitted on both the Clubhouse and Grandstand Apron areas in designated smoking areas only.

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TAXI: Are Taxis available after Preakness and where?

Preakness Day ONLY: Staging begins at 3:00 p.m. on Belvedere Ave with access via Park Heights Ave.

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TICKETS: When do tickets go on sale?

The 2015 Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness Stakes Day tickets on sale October 1, 2014.

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TICKETS: Is it safe to buy tickets on-line?

The only authorized seller for Preakness and Black-Eyed Susan Day tickets online is Ticketfly.com. There are many websites that may look legitimate but they are not affiliated in any way with Preakness and the Maryland Jockey Club.

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TICKETS: Are there any places I can go in person to purchase tickets?

Yes, you can purchase tickets at Pimlico Race Course (5201 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215).
The Preakness Ticket Office is open Monday thru Friday 8am-5pm and from 12pm-5pm on Saturday and Sunday when live racing resumes at Pimlico.
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TICKETS: Are any tickets sold the day of the event?

Yes, Infield tickets only. Ticket booths are located at Rogers Ave & Pimlico Road (Preakness Way Parking Lot).

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TICKETS: I lost my ticket, is there anything that can be done?

Please call the Preakness Sales office: (410) 542-9400 or 1 (877) 206-8042 ext. 300.

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TICKETS: I would like to purchase the same seat as last year, how can I do so?

Reservations for returning guests who wish to purchase their same 2014 seating tickets must be received by January 16, 2015.  Click here  to obtain Ticket Office contact information.

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TIME: What is the earliest time I can get into Pimlico?

Black-Eyed Susan Day the gates open at 9:30 a.m.

Preakness Day the gates open at 8:00 a.m. for the Infield, and the Facility; 10:00 a.m.  for the Village, Turfside Terrace and Clubhouse Turn Reserved.

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TRAFFIC INFORMATION: Is there any special traffic information I need to know about?

SPECIAL TRAFFIC PATTERNS*

1. ROGERS AVE. will be closed to all vehicle traffic from Winner Ave. to Northern Pkwy. from 10:00 p.m. Friday,  May 15th until 9:00 p.m. Preakness night, Saturday, May 16th (Pedestrian foot traffic only).

2. WINNER AVE. will be one-way Northbound from Hayward Ave. to Rogers Ave. beginning at 10:00 p.m. Thursday night, May 14th until 9:00 p.m. Preakness night, May 16th.

3. WINNER AVE. will remain two-way from Rogers Ave. to Northern Pkwy. until 5:00 p.m., Preakness night, May 16th.

4. WINNER AVE. will become one-way Northbound from Rogers Ave. to Northern Pkwy. beginning at 5:00 p.m. Preakness Day, May 16th until 9:00 p.m. Preakness night.

5. HAYWARD AVE. will be one-way Eastbound from Park Heights Ave. to Winner Ave. beginning at 7:00 a.m. Preakness morning, May 16th until 3:00 p.m. Preakness Day.

6. HORSEMEN: A temporary one-way entrance for automobile traffic to the Hayward Stable Area entrance will be created through the Press Lot behind Barn E, accessible via Winner Ave. beginning at 7:00 a.m. Black-Eyed Susan morning, Fri., May 15th, until 9:00 p.m. Preakness night Sat., May 16th.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR HORSE VANS SHIPPING INTO THE HAYWARD AVE. STABLE GATE ON PREAKNESS DAY: Horse Vans will not be permitted access to the Hayward Ave. stable area after 8:00 a.m., on Preakness Day. If a horse van enters the Hayward gate after 8:00 a.m, they will be required to stay in the stable area until after the last race.

* Traffic Patterns may be subject to change.

When traveling to Pimlico on Preakness Day, please remember to allow yourself sufficient time for convenient access and plan to come early!

 

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WINNING TICKET: Where do I cash in my winning ticket?

How to cash your Maryland winning ticket or credit voucher:

The Maryland Racing Commission requires that all winning tickets and credit vouchers must be cashed within one year of their issue.  These can be redeemed in person at any Maryland Intertrack or OTB site, or by the mail.  Tickets should be sent registered or certified mail to: Laurel Park, Post Office Box 130, Laurel, Maryland, 20725.  ATTN: Mutuel Department.

NOTE: If you bought your winning ticket in another STATE and TRACK outside of Maryland, that's where you MUST cash your winning ticket.

 

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