LEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2014) – Keeneland will host its annual Preakness Day celebration on Saturday, May 17, as Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner California Chrome aims to claim the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico in the second leg of his bid for a potential Triple Crown.
Gates open at Keeneland at 9 a.m. ET; Grandstand mutuels open at 10:30 a.m. Admission and parking are free. Drive-thru wagering windows open at 8 a.m.
Post time for the first race from Pimlico on Saturday is 10:45 a.m., with the Preakness scheduled to go off at 6:18 p.m. Keeneland will simulcast the entire Pimlico race card on its infield LED board, North Terrace and Paddock video walls and on televisions around the track.
Concessions and full-service bars will be open in the Grandstand. In honor of the Preakness, crab cakes and the “Black-Eyed Susan,” the official drink of the Preakness, will be served in the Paddock. Fans can bring their own food (excluding alcohol) and picnic items such as blankets and lawn chairs to the Paddock and Walking Ring. Tents, canopies, lawn umbrellas, grills and glass are not permitted inside the gates.
The Equestrian Room will be open for dining on Preakness Day. Reservations may be made by calling 859 288-4213.
Advance wagering on the entire Preakness Day card, as well as the Pimlico Special/Preakness Double, will be available at mutuel windows beginning at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, May 16. Drive-thru mutuel windows at Keeneland will be open on Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until Preakness post time.
Keeneland will simulcast the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) from Pimlico on Friday. First post at Pimlico is noon; post time for the Black-Eyed Susan is 4:47 p.m.; post time for the Pimlico Special is 5:52 p.m.
In addition to Pimlico, Keeneland will feature simulcast racing on Friday and Saturday from other major race tracks across the country.