What’s new for 2021 at Preakness?
This Saturday, Pimlico will host the 146th renewal of Grade 1 Preakness Stakes, the second gem of the Triple Crown. A field of some of the country’s top 3-year-olds, which is expected to include the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve winner Medina Spirit, will compete at 1 3/16 miles.
Last year’s renewal had a very different flavor due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The race was moved from its usual location on the third Saturday in May through early October, and Preakness 2020 proceeded without the presence of fans. This year the race is returning to its usual place on the race calendar and will take place with limited participation.
Here’s what you need to know about this year’s Preakness.
SEAT CAPACITY AND OPTIONS NOTES
Fans were welcomed back to the tracks in Maryland in early March. This year there will be a participation limit of 10,000 for the Preakness. Tickets went on sale from March 24, with fans who had tickets to last year’s Preakness receiving first priority.
All tickets must be purchased in advance.
There are several great seating options available, including the Turfside Terrace, located in the infield right on the inner rail of the grass course. The Turf Club is the most exclusive area of this lodge, offering special offers for groups of four or six people. Individual tickets cost $ 725.
Private lodges are also available in the Home Stretch lodge with white tents. Each tent has wooden floors and a garden. The 1 / ST Turn suites, located at the first turn, can accommodate up to 15 people.
Tickets for the Turfside Terrace cost $ 500. Those who wish to purchase tickets can use the promo code “ABR10” for a 10% discount.
BLACK EYED SUSAN DAY
Last year the Grade 2 George E. Mitchell Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, the equivalent of the Preakness fillies, took place on the same day as the Preakness. This year it has been moved to its usual location on the Friday before Preakness.
The Black-Eyed Susan highlights a stakes-packed Friday card that includes the stakes in the Grade 3 Pimlico special match series, the best race for older horses in Maryland, as well as four other stakes races. The start time for the first race on Black-Eyed Susan Day is 11:30 a.m.ET.
InfieldFest is one of the highlights of the Preakness experience, with live music from popular acts in the infield. With the crowd limited at this year’s Preakness, the festivities will return to Preakness in 2021, but with a new name and a twist.
Called Preakness Live, this year’s event is headlined by D-Nice, 2 Chainz and Jack Harlow. Event lovers will be able to enjoy music in a safe and socially remote environment. Preakness Live will feature groups of eight in socially distant pods, providing a unique concert atmosphere. Fans will also be able to order food, drink and merchandise via their phone.
Ticket prices range from $ 360 to $ 1,200. Festival-goers can use the promo code “ABR10” for a 10% reduction on tickets. For those who can’t, the event will be broadcast live on D-Nice’s #ClubQuarantine Instagram, and parties will air on The Preakness’s NBC telecast from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET.
GREENE TURTLE WATCH PARTY
Fourteen Greene Turtle locations in Maryland will host Preakness Watch evenings next Saturday. Throughout the week, fans have the opportunity to earn a VIP experience at Preakness 2022 at participating Greene Turtle locations.
Anyone who purchases a Watermelon Mule, Finders Keepers Orange Wheat Tall Draft, Elysian Space Dust Tall Draft, or Premium Spirit Double will earn a card with a horse’s number on it. If that number wins the Preakness, those who have a card with that number will be entered into a raffle to win the VIP experience. Fans must be present at a participating Greene Turtle on Preakness Day to be eligible for the Grand Prize.