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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Esther: Glad to hear your Preakness experience was an enjoyable one...our family had an absolutely terrible day and will NEVER return to Pimlico!  This was not our first experience (we had previously attended in 2005, 2006, 2007) and took a break from Pimlico until this year ( in the hope that they had somehow learned how to operate a track in Maryland). Needless to say...they still have a way-to-go!(and, as I understand their time is running short.  No little wonder they are failing.)  Without going into every little detail of mismanagment (but I will mention of 4 track employees asked of the location of the paddock...none could give the answer (in fact one didn't even know what a paddock was)!..then their was cold b'bq pork sandwiches (which employees could not understand why I did not prefer to serve them to grandchildren); a "block" or "office"party of such in Upper Reserved grandstand of about 50 people who entered with their own coolers of a well stocked liquor cabinet, resulting in about 45 rude, loud, arrogant, standing, shouting to each other imbiciles; ladies rooms which should have been condemned by the Board of Health; etc., etc., etc.  All in all, if racing is to survive in Maryland...I think management needs to take 3 day trips to surrounding states (instead of constantly whining that they, MD, are failing because of lack of slots and casinos) to to Parx in PA..and MOST IMPORTANTLY, drive to MONMOUTH in NJ....MD management just may learn how to operate a track with the customer in mind.

31 May 2011 3:27 PM

I love the videos of Shackelford :) I agree, he is the most Handsome Horse & quite talented as well !!

01 Jun 2011 9:49 AM
Love 'em all

Felt like I hit the jackpot this morning seeing all these wonderful videos.  

Thanks so much for sharing your Preakness experience with us, and I'm so glad you had such a terrific time enjoying all the sights and sounds of such a lovely place.  

Don't tell Shackleford, but I had to check out the Clydesdales first. What a treat those fellas are!  But, where was Barley, the Dalmatian?  Was he not allowed at the track?  Barley is no ordinary dog, though.  [laughing]

Thoroughly enjoyed this treat!

01 Jun 2011 11:03 AM

I have only been to The Preakness, once, in 1973 when I saw Secretariat win, and it was a terrific day, a terrific experience, unbelievable!

Kegasus is the most distasteful thing I've seen!  In fact, in my humble opinion, the infield is NOT a place to throw a beer party.  This is a horse race, an important one, not a frat party and!  A lame excuse to draw in that crowd.

The one time I attended, I spent time in the club house, had a Black-Eyed Susan to drink and almost missed the race.  Nevertheless it was wonderful and a far more dignified and exciting experience that seeing Kegasus.

I do wish those in Maryland (my home originally) would wake up and do something to promote a huge race that fans would love to attend.

01 Jun 2011 3:22 PM
A Horsey Canuck

Great job as usual, Esther. Thanks so much for sharing your Preakness experience with us. What I wouldn't have given to have been in your shoes.

02 Jun 2011 6:13 AM

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