The Maryland Jockey Club today announced 2011 Preakness InfieldFEST will include performances by recent Grammy Award winners Bruno Mars and Train. Both bands will play extended sets on the main stage in the public Infield on Saturday, May 21 at Pimlico Race Course when the Maryland Jockey Club, North America’s oldest sporting organization, hosts the 136th renewal of the Preakness® Stakes.
The annual running of the Preakness is an American Institution. First contested in 1873, it is one of thoroughbred horse racing’s most valued Grade 1 stakes races. Now one of the largest single-day sporting events in the United States, “The People’s Race…The People’s Party” has hosted up to 121,263 for the pivotal middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown at famed Pimlico.
The greatest three-year old horses in the history of racing have thundered down the stretch at “Old Hilltop” in their quest for the Woodlawn Vase, the most valuable trophy in American Sports, including Man o’ War, Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Rachel Alexandra.
With the newly introduced Preakness 5.5 bonus, the 2011 Preakness Stakes is poised to be the biggest and best yet, with a possible $6.5 million ($1,000,000 purse & $5,500,000 bonus) going to the connections of the winning horse who sweeps both the Preakness and two earlier prep races.
“We are looking to build on the momentum made in 2010,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “The Preakness Infield is a rite of passage in Baltimore. We have taken a multi-dimensional approach to create an unparalleled experience at InfieldFEST where fans can have all day fun listening to great music while enjoying constant action at Maryland’s most cherished and renowned sporting event.”
Bruno Mars recently earned a GRAMMY for “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.” The singer, songwriter and producer released his RIAA certified Gold debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, last year anchored by simultaneous US and UK #1 hit singles “Just the Way You Are” and “Grenade”. His latest single “The Lazy Song” is currently racing up the Top 40 charts. Additional information can be found at http://www.brunomars.com/.
Train earned a GRAMMY for “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group” for their song “Hey, Soul Sister”. It was the third Grammy for the San Francisco based-band who won a pair in 2002 for “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)”, including Best Rock Song. Train regained success with their current gold release Save Me San Francisco, which features “Hey, Soul Sister”, the biggest song of 2010, and their newest hit “Marry Me”. Additional information can be found at wwwmtrainline.com.
In addition to the main stage headliners, the 2011 Preakness InfieldFEST, a day-long multi-celebration festival experience, will feature live music, entertainment and a variety of Maryland-branded food and beverage concessions.
JAGERMEISTER SECOND STAGE
An additional stage, presented by Jägermeister, will feature three additional top-notch acts and the always popular bikini contest.
Mid-Atlantic based Mr. Greengenes will open the second stage followed by country singer Phil Vassar and alternative rock band Puddle of Mudd.
Vassar has charted nearly 20 singles on Billboard’s Hot Country charts, including two number ones: “Just Another Day in Paradise” (2000) and “In a Real Love” (2004).
Puddle of Mudd was nominated for the favorite new artist in pop/rock category by the American Music Awards in 2003 and its album Come Clean has sold over 5 million copies.
MUG CLUB & BEER GARDEN
Two 160 feet MUG Club areas will be available in the Infield and another in the Top of the Stretch section. For an additional $20 to a regular admission to the public Infield or a Top of the Stretch ticket, fans receive a souvenir mug with unlimited refills of beer.
“We worked through some of last year’s glitches,” added Chuckas. “We did homework on our own and listened to feedback from customers to find a way to make this an even better experience.”
The popular Beer Garden returns with $2 draft beer served from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
OTHER INFIELD ACTIVITIES
Twenty-five food and concession vendors and pubs will provide a taste of Baltimore
Wagering 101 tent with expert advisors from Horse Player NOW (www.horseplayernow.com) on-site, providing betting suggestions for the entire 13-race Preakness day card. The area will also include seating and mutuel lines
For the third straight year a professional volleyball doubles tournament features some of the top female players in the world
Cornhole tournament pitting area bars against one another with an NCAA style bracket
Oxygen bar area with beer pong
“The Great Pony Pig Out”, a sanctioned event from the www.competitiveeaters.com circuit with Food Warriors eating a medley of food typically favored by thoroughbreds: apple pie (apples), carrot cake (carrots) and oatmeal cookies (oatmeal)
Carnival games, including Cover the Spot and Mirror Balloon
Photo booth where professionals take pictures that can be purchased online
Infield Tickets will be $40 in advance through Ticketmaster or the Preakness Ticket Sales Office and increase to $50 Preakness week (starting Monday, May 16). The MUG Club package is $60 in advance and $70 Preakness week.
Top of the Stretch seats will remain $110 with MUG Club tickets $130.
Seating information and ticket reservations are available at www.preakness.com. Tickets can be bought by calling the Preakness sales office at 410-542-9400 or 877-206-8042, extension 300 or at www.ticketmaster.com.
Premium seating is available in the Preakness Village, Clubhouse Turn Suites and Turfside Terrace locations. Visit http://www.preakness.com/ for more details.
All tickets are available for purchase on the Preakness website, the Pimlico box office or http://www.ticketmaster.com/.
NO beverage of any kind (cans or bottles), including alcohol, soft drinks and water will be allowed to be brought into the public Infield or Top of the Stretch. Sixteen ounce beers, served in plastic cups, will be sold for $4. Water bottles will be available for $2.
Coolers and backpacks, containing food, will be permitted in the Infield but coolers larger than 28″l x 15″w x 17″h will be prohibited. Beach blankets and suntan lotion, cellular phones, cameras (up to 35mm), camcorders, binoculars and lightweight plastic lawn chairs are also allowed in the Infield. For a complete list of policies, please visit www.preakness.com/pimlicoMaps.
Coolers are limited to 12” x 12” or smaller in the Top of the Stretch section.