LEXINGTON, KY (May 14, 2013) – Keeneland will host its annual Preakness Day celebration on Saturday, complete with picnics in the paddock, crab cakes and a full afternoon of simulcast wagering.
Gates open at Keeneland at 9 a.m. ET; grandstand mutuels open at 10:30 a.m. Admission and parking are free.
Post time for the first race from Pimlico on Saturday is 10:45 a.m., with the Preakness, the second jewel of the Triple Crown, scheduled to go off at 6:18 p.m. Keeneland will simulcast the entire Pimlico race card on its infield LED board 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 are welcome to bring their own food (excluding alcohol) and picnic items such as blankets and lawn chairs to the paddock and walking ring. Tents, canopies, umbrellas, grills and glass are not permitted inside the gates.
The Blue Grass 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 17. Drive-thru mutuel windows at Keeneland will open on Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m.
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 4:46 p.m.
In addition to Pimlico, Keeneland will feature simulcast racing on Friday and Saturday from such major tracks as Arlington Park, Belmont, Betfair Hollywood Park, Calder, Churchill Downs, Golden Gate, Louisiana Downs, and Woodbine.