My Preakness Experience Via Video

I have had a chance to recover from traveling to and from Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and thought I would share some videos with you! This was my first time going to the Preakness, so I was excited to document my journey. Below are just a few selections of videos I shot with a flipcam May 20 and 21. Please forgive my amateur video skills. Remember, I'm a journalist first!

It was interesting how a day before the Preakness, Shackleford kept turning up everywhere I went--on the backstretch, on the track, and then, on last Saturday, in the winner's circle. His continued appearance last Friday whenever I was making videos was actually one of the reasons I bet him across the board, imagine that!



Shackleford stretching his legs on the track on prior to his Preakness feat on Friday, May 20.

Ariel view of Shackleford on the track from the press box May 20.

Shackleford on the backstretch following his quick jaunt to the track.

Shackleford being paraded on the turf by jockey Jesus Castanon following his victory in the Preakness Stakes!  

John Shirreffs talking candidly on the backstretch about Zenyatta, Giacomo, and Dialed In. I think most turf writers would agree with me that the majority of trainers are much more laid back and willing to share their thoughts at Pimlico rather than at Churchill before the Derby. Maybe it's because Pimlico has such a relaxed, down-to-earth vibe.

Budweiser Clydesdales being paraded on the backstretch. As you can see, I was almost a little too up close and personal!

These ladies were all decked out for the "People's Pink Party" on Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico. The day featured a "Lady Legends Race" comprised of retired female riders, and funds were raised for Susuan G. Komen for the Cure, a breast cancer research organization. As you will hear, the woman on the left was a former jockey and was coming to see one of her collegues perform in the Lady Legends race! 

Oh Kegasus....I went to the infield early in the day the morning of the Preakness to interview Kegasus, and he did not dissapoint! He was really hilarious. As you can see from the photo below, he also garnered a considerable amount of attention among patrons. What did you guys think of Kegasus? Was it a good marketing effort or a distasteful attempt to boost partying in the infield? All I know is that I couldn't stop laughing when I "met" him. It was truly a memorable experience.

Has anyone out there been to Pimlico and experienced the Preakness in all it's glory? I'm curious to hear your thoughts! All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my first Preakness experience:)

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