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Preakness weekend postponed while a new InfieldFest continues on livestream

Preakness partygoers to celebrate at home
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Posted at 7:33 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 07:53:10-04

BALTIMORE, Md. — Friday, May 15th was supposed to kickoff Preakness 145 at Pimlico race course with Black-Eyed Susan Day.

The pandemic has the second race in the Triple Crown postponed for now but officials canceled this year's InfieldFest.

Old Hilltop is silent this Friday morning but the party will still go on.

The infield party scheduled for Saturday, May 16th, will be social distancing from Florida.

The all-day music festival at Preakness known as InfieldFest won't be happening at Pimlico, but organizers decided the show must go on one way or another.

This year will be the first 'Preakness at Home.’

Fans can avoid the crowds, put on their Sunday best and bring the party to their living room. The event will be livestreamed on YouTube from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

First responders in Florida will be able to drive onto the grounds at Gulfstream Park and enjoy the concert, while in Maryland Preakness fans can watch it online. It's why organizers are calling this first-of-its-kind Preakness party, Drive-In FieldFest.

Stay-at-home partygoers can tune into YouTube at 7 o'clock Saturday night to watch the show.

It will not only celebrate this year's Preakness Stakes but also feature Triple Crown legends of the past.

The Kentucky Derby was postponed until Labor Day weekend, September 5th.

Some estimate a new date for Preakness could be rescheduled two weeks after on September 19th.

The Stronach Group, the company which owns Pimlico race course, will announce the new date for Preakness Saturday night at 5pm.