Baltimore Sun reporters were on the scene during Preakness 2015. Here is a selection of the people, sights and sounds they encountered during the day.
This Saturday will be the 140th running of the Preakness Race. Through all those years the second jewel in the Triple Crown has always been a big draw for crowds. Though the styles and fashion have changed through the years, the one constant has been the mystic of thoroughbred horse racing.
The scene in the Preakness Infield may have evolved over the years but it still remains “The People’s Party.”
“You might have heard today that there were three shootings that happened over there on Cold Spring. Part of that stuff is what we’re trying to weed out. That element, as long as drugs continue to rule …”
Julius “Julio” Colon is aware of the perception – and, as noted in the quote above, the reality – of Park Heights. In his role as president and CEO of Park Heights Renaissance, Colon sees evidence of urban blight every day. Vacant buildings throughout the neighborhood. Forty-some liquor stores dotting long stretches of Park Heights Avenue and Reisterstown Road. Significantly higher-than-average rates of teen pregnancy, HIV infection and recidivism among residents.
The Preakness Stakes is a horse race steeped in history. Having first been run in 1873, the thoroughbred race is the middle jewel in the run for the Triple Crown. One of the little known traditions during Preakness week at Pimlico is the bath that each horse gets after their early morning workouts. Like most three year olds the horses don’t seem to be thrilled with the mandatory scrub down, but reluctantly suffer through them.