When Is the Preakness?

The 138th running of the Baltimore tradition will be held this Saturday.

We're in the final stretch before the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Here's what you need to know.

When is it? The Triple Crown race will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Pimlico. NBC (WRC, WBAL) and Horse Racing Radio Network (WSPZ-AM in Washington is the only area affiliate) will have the call, which will also be streaming on the radio network's website.

The first post on the day is at 10:45 a.m.

Tickets? They are still available. Infield tickets are $60. Admission to the grandstand starts at $25, with box seats starting at $110. Tickets for the infield Mug Club, which include unlimited beer, are sold out.

Weather? It's forecast to be partly sunny in Baltimore Saturday, with a high of 78. Showers are possible Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Parking? An official Preakness lot will run you at least $45, though parking may be available elsewhere in the area. Free parking is available at most Light Rail and Metro subway stations. The Maryland Transit Administration will have shuttle service from the Rogers Avenue Metro station and the Cold Spring Lane Light Rail station.

What horses are running? The field includes Triple Crown hopeful Orb, winner of the Kentucky Derby, owned by Baltimore County resident Stuart Janney. Also running is Goldencents, trained by Doug O'Neill, who also trained 2012 Preakness winner I'll Have Another. Sporting News reports Orb is a 6/5 favorite to win, ahead of Departing at 7/2.


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