Events on track both on and off the track

Preakness Stakes

May 13, 2004|By Sarah Schaffer

With the perennial goal of providing a little something for everyone, Preakness Celebration organizers have once again planned a wealth of family-friendly activities.

"During the second weekend in May, [Baltimore] will be ... destination celebration with everything we have going on," said Preakness Celebration executive director Terry Romanoli.

The 17th annual extravaganza includes the usual stable tours, hot air balloon festivals and concerts.

But the 2004 celebration will also feature a few new events.

On Saturday evening, the Can Company will present an outdoor screening of the film Seabiscuit; and tomorrow, the sky above the Inner Harbor will be set aglow with a 9:30 p.m. fireworks display.

You can get more information on these and other activities in the following pages, LIVE's definitive guide to Baltimore's Preakness Celebration.

The race

What: The 129th running of the Preakness Stakes

When: Saturday (gates open at 8 a.m., the first post time is at 10:15 a.m., and the Preakness post time is around 6 p.m.)

Where: Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave.

Why: Because it's a Baltimore tradition, it's the region's largest single-day sporting event and there aren't many other times when you're almost expected to party hard at a public event

Tickets: Infield $42, clubhouse $18, grandstand $15

Information: Call 410-542-9400 or visit www.marylandracing.com.

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