Preakness celebration a safe bet for good times

May 22, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

Races, on and off the track, were an integral part of Preakness Week. Whether it was the hot-air balloons, crab pickers, 5K runners or the horses at Pimlico, it was a week filled with the thrill of the race.

The first social event out of the gate this year took place before Preakness Week, at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis, where Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Maryland's official hostess, Hilda Mae Snoops, and track owner Joe DeFrancis greeted some of the racing world's who's who.

Early arrivals were Florida residents Shelly and Annette Willis, TTC owners of Pistols and Roses, who ran in the Pimlico Special; King Leatherbury, horse trainer; John Lenzini, trainer; Jack and Gretchen Mobberly, who own a horse farm in Howard County; Martha and Frank Hopkins, Harford County breeders (in his spare time, Frank serves on the Maryland Racing Commission); and Lenny Hale, vice president of racing at Pimlico and Laurel.

Among those feasting on mushrooms filled with tasty Maryland crab meat, steamed shrimp and tenderloins of beef were Morty Rosen, Carroll County Horse Farm; Lee Donner, attorney; Oliver Goldsmith, attorney and breeder; Grove Miller, chairman of the board of Timonium Fairgrounds, and his wife, Arlene; Richard Hoffberger, president of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horseman Association; John Mooney, general manager of Pimlico/Laurel, and his wife, Andrea; Nick Bassford, 1993 horseman of the year, and his wife, Elaine; Ginny and Frank Wright, horse owners; Kelcie and Paul Seefeldt -- he's a trainer and the brother of a talented young woman jockey, Andrea; Ordell Braase, Maryland Racing Commission, and his wife, Jan; and Charles Fenwick, steeplechase jockey.

As I was leaving I saw Joe and Mary Jo Pons, Country Life Farms; Don Hutchinson, Greater Baltimore Committee, holding hands with Teresa Awalt; Gene Raynor, State Board of Elections; Dr. Jay Platt and his wife, Alice; Ruth and Barclay Tagg, both horse trainers; Karen (DeFrancis) Van Dyke, one of the chairs of the Triple Crown Ball; Lois Webster, on the arm of Joe DeFrancis; Mark Wasserman, secretary of Maryland's Department of Economic and Employment Development; Patty and Mike Miller -- he's president of the Maryland Senate; Carolyn Burridge, lobbyist; and Bill Fogle, Maryland secretary of Licensing and Regulation.

An evening with Andy

Baltimoreans who attended the opening of the $12 million Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh last weekend were full of praise for the museum, which is a part of the Carnegie Institute. The museum will be run by Tom Armstrong, who played a big role in the success of last weekend's festivities.

At the Friday evening black-tie dinner for 1,150 people, guests roamed through the museum during the cocktail hour, then proceeded to a huge tent on the first floor for dinner. Warhol's profile, done in colorful neon, adorned each table. One guest told me that the most amazing thing was to have a sit-down dinner for that many people and have all of them served a hot meal within seconds of being seated.

Marylanders at the dinner included Arnold Lehman, Baltimore Museum of Art director, and his wife, Pam; Brenda Richardson, BMA deputy director for art; filmmaker John Waters; and Miriam and Bennard Perlman -- he's a Maryland artist who was a classmate of Warhol's at Carnegie and who wrote a major essay, "The Education of Andy Warhol."

Perlman said that when he complimented John Waters on his recent film, "Serial Mom," there was a blank stare, until Perlman said, "Don't you remember I was your boss when you taught the history of film at the Community College of Baltimore?" And there was, finally, a flicker of recognition!

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