Preakness InfieldFest canceled; race date uncertain

Preakness InfieldFest canceled; race date uncertain
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There will be no Preakness InfieldFest at Pimlico this year.

The Stronach Group and the Maryland Jockey Club said in a news release that they "are continuing to work with our key stakeholders to explore all options to set a new date for the running of Preakness 145."

The second leg of the Triple Crown was scheduled for Saturday, May 16. But the date has been in question since Churchill Downs moved the first leg, the Kentucky Derby, to Sept. 5 from May 2.

"Our first priority in these difficult times is the health and well-being of our customers, our vendors, our employees and the horses we all love," The Stronach Group and the MJC said in the release. "A decision will be made on a new date for Preakness 145 and will take into consideration all of the recommended best practices from local and governmental health authorities to protect our community.

Cancelling the "vibrant and cherished" InfieldFest "
was a difficult decision but we are confident that it was the right one," they said. "We look forward to celebrating InfieldFest 2021 next year."

Those who purchased InfieldFest 2020 tickets will have the option to obtain a full refund, transfer their tickets to next year's InfieldFest or transfer for a seated ticket at this year's Preakness.

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