Reporting Jessica Kartalija
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—The 138th running of the Preakness Stakes is approaching, and this year’s InfieldFest is drawing some big names.
Jessica Kartalija reports race organizers are pushing to get younger fans to the track.
The 138th running of the Preakness Stakes is fast approaching.
“It’s a fantastic day. You have one of the best races in the nation, the Preakness on that Saturday. It’s a festival inside with the bands and food vendors,” said Tom Chuckas, president of the Maryland Jockey Club.
Old Hilltop is adding new talent to its InfieldFest this year. Rapper, songwriter and producer Pitbull will headline. Hip hop artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will also take the stage.
Pimlico staff is racing to get new and younger fans to the track, calling Preakness “The People’s Race . . . The People’s Party.”
This year’s line-up resembles talent of Preakness’ past: Maroon 5, Bruno Mars and the Zac Brown Band.
While music fans are excited for what happens on the infield, it’s the hard core racing fans who are excited for what takes place on the track: the million-dollar purse tied into the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
This season, races at Pimlico will continue after Preakness, running through the Belmont Stakes.
That’s a few weeks of added revenue for the racecourse.
“I realize Pimlico is old, but we are doing our best to make it a place that people want to come,” Chuckas said.
The 138th running of the Preakness Stakes is in just 82 days on May 18.
And don’t forget, Black Eyed Susan Day is the Friday before Preakness on May 17.