The world’s fastest 3-year-olds will take to the track at Pimlico Raceway on Saturday for the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.
The Preakness Stakes routinely attracts more than 100,000 spectators from around the region, and though weather forecasts are questionable, another big crowd is expected. In addition to the big race, there will be other racing action and an infield concert featuring Post Malone and Odesza.
Post time for the Preakness is scheduled for 6:20 p.m. Kentucky Derby winner Justify is the favorite.
If you’re considering heading up to Baltimore for the race and related festivities, here are some tips on how to get there.
MARC Train - This is your best option if traveling from the south. Use MARC’s weekend Penn Line service and get off at Penn Station. The, take the RailLink shuttle bus to the Mt. Royal/MICA Light RailLink stop. Then hop on a northbound train to Cold Spring Lane. There will then be a shuttle bus directly to the track. Shuttle bus service back to Light RailLink ends at 7:30 p.m, so don’t dawdle too much after the race. This will cost you the cost of the MARC ticket plus a $4.20 Light RailLink day pass.
Light RailLink - If you don’t want to use MARC, you can still easily hop on the Light RailLink south of Baltimore. Consider the Glen Burnie (Cromwell) Station, BWI Airport, or North Linthicum.
Driving - Keep in mind that parking starts at $65 and lots are often full by noon. But if you want to drive, the best route from the Washington area is via the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, then on to Monroe Street, Fulton Street and Reisterstown Road.
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