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.
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.
The 2012 Preakness was billed as a rematch between Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another and runner-up Bodemeister. It was exactly that. In the end, I’ll Have Another went on to win the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. His next stop is the Belmont Stakes in New York for a chance to win the Triple Crown in June. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978.
Take a look at I’ll Have Another from his Kentucky Derby win to training at Pimlico Race Course and his Preakness Stakes win.
Turf Valley in Ellicott City hosted its fifth annual Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival from May 10-12. Patuxent photographer Sarah Pastrana got an early look Thursday morning, while Brian Krista came out at night to see the balloons light up the sky for the evening glow. Videographer Jon Sham took video from the morning event as well.