Some were colorful. Others were bold and daring. A couple were larger than life. A few were understated. This year’s crop of hats spotted at Preakness ran the fashion spectrum.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb is a heavy favorite to win the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. If he bests the field of nine, Orb — who is co-owned by Baltimore county resident Stuart Janney III — will be one big step closer to capturing horse racing’s first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. Look through photos of Orb leading up to the Preakness.
On a clear breezy evening at Turf Valley, 21 hot air balloon crews unpacked their equipment in preparation for the annual Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival. They attached envelopes – a bag capable of holding heated air – to the baskets and turned on fans before firing up the burners to get the colorful event underway. The festivities provided a close up look at the towering aircraft.
May 17 Photo Brief: International Day Against Homophobia, books burned in Nepal, walking art in Hong Kong
Anti-discrimination parades and demonstrations take place marking the International Day Against Homophobia, caravans of camels walk through the sulphur and mineral salt formations near Dallol in the Danakil Depression, northern Ethiopia, a kitchen fire spreads to neighboring buildings, including a major book store, in Kathmandu, Nepal, people wearing a white cloth take part in “Divisor”, a performance art piece by Brazilian artist Lygia Pape in Hong Kong and more in today’s daily brief.
At least six people are dead and hundreds are injured after a three powerful tornadoes ripped through North Texas Wednesday night.
May 16 Photo Brief: Cannes film festival gets underway, rocket attacks in Syria, Texas recovers from tornadoes, the Museum of Modern Art gets wet
Texas assesses the damage after being hit with tornadoes, the stars come out as the Cannes Film Festival gets underway, Free Syrian Army fighters fire rockets at president loyalist troops, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York opens the “Rain Room” and more in today’s daily brief.
Bears, big waves and a big shoe, Popocatepetl volcano, pilgrims and the Pope and more in today’s daily brief.
Whether you’re preparing for this weekend’s trek to Pimlico, or just a little web curious about its impending horseplay, you should spend some time getting to know the rich and exuberant history of Preakness. Below is a side-by-side glimpse into the evolution of Preakness to give you a little taste of what an estimated 120,000 people should be expecting.
One month after an Indian father told Agence-France Presse that he was praying for a “miracle” to save his daughter’s life, 18-month old Roona Begum received free surgery for her hydrocephalus.
After AFP photographed and wrote about Roona, readers donated money to her family, allowing the child to be treated in a private hospital on the outskirts of New Delhi.