Between bourgeois and boozy, there's still plenty to do

Preakness Stakes

May 13, 2004|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

Say that you and your friends aren't socialites or avid bettors. And your days of carousing like frat-boys are now in the distant past.

Can you actually have fun at the Preakness? Yes, and it's even easier than it seems.

This year's celebration has more than a few events for those in between bourgeois and boozy.

Here are some events that'll let you experience all the racing excitement you can handle -- while staying an arm's length from both the fancy-hat ladies and the drunks.

Action at the Can

If Saturday's infield action doesn't seem too appealing, head to the Can Company for a relaxing tribute (of sorts) to the day's events.

Beginning at 8:30 p.m., the film Seabiscuit will be presented on an outdoor screen in the parking lot.

Take your lawn chairs and enjoy.

The Can Company is at 2400 Boston St. Call 410-558- CANC or visit www.thecan

Sunrise at Old Hilltop

Today and tomorrow morning, wake up with a educational session at Old Hilltop.

After a guided tour of the stable area, watch as the Triple Crown contenders prepare for Saturday's race with early workouts.

This free event will take place 6 a.m.-9 a.m. both days.

Pimlico Race Course is at 5201 Park Heights Ave. Call 410-542-9400 or visit www

Autographs and jockeys

If you'd like to meet the riders who'll contend for a win this weekend, then get down to the Pimlico Race Course at 11 a.m. tomorrow for an autograph session with the jockeys.

After the meet-and-greet, stick around for a quick lesson on handicapping.

Pimlico Race Course is at 5201 Park Heights Ave. Call 410-542-9400 or visit www

Black-Eyed Susan Stakes/Pimlico Special

Sharing the infield with thousands of rowdy locals can be tough. If you're not up for it, then tomorrow's Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and the Pimlico Special are for you.

These races will feature some of the top horses from around the country.

Post time is 12:45 p.m. Admission is $3.

Race Course is at 5201 Park Heights Ave. Call 410- 542-9400 or visit www

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