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Preakness 2024: Everything You Need to Know About the 149th Running

A Comprehensive Guide to the Iconic Horse Racing Event at Pimlico

By Sarah DanielPublished about a month ago 3 min read

The Preakness 2024 Stakes is fast approaching, set to captivate horse racing fans and casual observers alike. This iconic event, held at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course, is the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, following the Kentucky Derby and preceding the Belmont Stakes. As we prepare for this thrilling race, here’s everything you need to know about the Preakness 2024.

What is Preakness?

The Preakness Stakes is a 1 3/16-mile race that forms the second leg of horse racing's prestigious Triple Crown. Known for its excitement and rich history, the race is scheduled to start at 6:50 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. It is the 13th of 14 races planned for the day, with coverage starting earlier at 1:30 p.m. on CNBC and streaming on Peacock​.

Key Contenders and Stakes

The Preakness 2024 Stakes features top thoroughbreds, with Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan leading the pack. Mystik Dan’s victory at the Derby positions him as a favorite, with hopes of capturing the Triple Crown. He will be competing against notable challengers like Imagination, Catching Freedom, and Tuscan Gold. The race’s outcome could hinge on the weather, as rain is expected, potentially leading to a muddy track​​.

Event Highlights: Black-Eyed Susan Day

The Preakness Stakes weekend kicks off with the 150th Black-Eyed Susan Day on Friday, a celebration focusing on 3-year-old fillies. Known as "Ladies Day Out," this event features stylish attendees in floral dresses and big hats, adding a touch of glamour to the racing festivities​.

Preakness LIVE: Music and Entertainment

Beyond the races, Preakness LIVE offers a full day of entertainment, headlined by rapper Jack Harlow. The event highlights Baltimore’s vibrant culture, featuring performances by Gryffin, Channel Tres, Frank Walker, and Chantel Jeffries. Attendees can also enjoy local food pop-ups, making it a perfect blend of music, food, and horse racing​​.

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How to Get to Pimlico

Given the traffic restrictions around Pimlico on Preakness Day, using public transportation is highly recommended. Here are some options:

  • Local Bus: LocalLink buses 30, 31, 34, 85, 91, and 94 all stop near the track.
  • Light RailLink: Take the Light RailLink to Cold Spring Lane, then transfer to a shuttle bus to Pimlico.
  • Metro SubwayLink: Take the Metro SubwayLink to Rogers Avenue Station and then a shuttle bus to the track.
  • MARC Train: Take the MARC Penn Line to Baltimore Penn Station, transfer to a Light RailLink shuttle to Mt. Royal/MICA, and then take a northbound train to Cold Spring Lane​.

Weather Forecast

The weather for Preakness 2024 looks wet, with high rain chances expected on race day. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 60s, and the track might be muddy, reminiscent of the 2017 Preakness when Justify won under similar conditions. Showers are likely to continue into Sunday​​.

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Watching from Home

For those unable to attend in person, Preakness 2024 coverage will be extensive. Early races will be broadcast starting at 1:30 p.m. on CNBC, with comprehensive coverage beginning at 4:30 p.m. on NBC and Peacock. Viewers can also access coverage via NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app​.

The Significance of Preakness 2024

This year’s Preakness is not just about the race; it’s a significant event in the world of horse racing. As the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, it holds the potential to set up a historic moment at the Belmont Stakes. Moreover, this year's race will be the last at the current Pimlico Race Course before its planned demolition and reconstruction, adding another layer of importance to this event​.

Conclusion

The 2024 Preakness Stakes promises a thrilling spectacle of horse racing, culture, and entertainment. Whether you’re attending in person or watching from home, this event is set to be unforgettable. From the fierce competition among top thoroughbreds to the vibrant atmosphere of Preakness LIVE, there’s something for everyone. Make sure to mark your calendars and prepare for an exciting day at the races.

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