Preakness Stakes

May 15, 2004


129th Preakness Stakes, second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown


Pimlico Race Course


Today, post time 6:15 p.m.


1 3/16 miles

Purse$1 million

Gates open

8 a.m.

First race

10:30 a.m.

Weather forecast:

Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid-80s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Preakness Day admission:

Clubhouse: $18

Grandstand: $15

Infield: $42

Seating capacity:

Main grandstand: 5,691

Old grandstand: 5,926

Clubhouse: 1,269

Sports Palace: 160

Dining 1,806

Turfside Terrace: 891

Terrace box seats: 3,936

Standing room (est.): 22,000

Infield capacity (est.): 60,000

Total: 101,679


General (Preakness Way and Rogers Avenue): $30 per car, $80 per bus

Clubhouse preferred (Maple and Belvedere avenues): $50

Clubhouse valet: $65

Preferred (Hayward Avenue): $125

Parking capacity:

12 parking lots; total spaces: 7,522

Valet spaces: 100

Betting windows

750 (including temporary windows on Preakness Day)



TV/radio coverage

6-10 a.m. and 3:30 -5 p.m.: News and stories from Pimlico. Ch. 11

5-6:30 p.m.: NBC coverage of the 129th Preakness. Ch. 11

Radio coverage of Preakness Day: WBAL (1090 AM)

What you need (and don't need)

The do's and don'ts of Preakness Day:

Grandstand and clubhouse

Coolers, backpacks, and thermoses will not be permitted. You must bring your beverages and food items in clear, plastic bags or clear, plastic containers no larger than 18 inches by 18 inches.


Coolers, backpacks and thermoses will be permitted. Bulk or oversized carrying devices are prohibited. Coolers larger than 70 quarts or 28 inches long by 17 inches high are prohibited.

Allowed Preakness Day items

Beer, wine and soda, individually carried in plastic containers or regular-size cans, and picnic lunches.

Beach blankets and suntan lotion.

Cellular phones, cameras (up to 35mm), camcorders and binoculars.

Lightweight plastic lawn chairs (infield only).

Prohibited Preakness Day items

Hard liquor or drugs of any kind.

Weapons of any kind.


Hibachis or barbecues.

Ladders, scaffolding or other raising devices.

Kegs of beer (including keg balls).

Hand carts, or wheeled carts.

Bulk or oversized carrying devices.

Non-folding or folding metal furniture.

Glass containers of any type.

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