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By Karin Remesch and Karin Remesch,Sun Staff | May 11, 2000
You won't have to wait until post time to get into the Preakness spirit. Starting tomorrow, giddyap for nine days of hot-air balloon and schooner races, marching bands and floats, music, spectacular fireworks and more. It's Preakness Celebration, a festival stuffed with more than 30 events designed to lead you to the starting gate of the 125th running of the Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown challenge. In its 12-year history, Preakness Celebration has grown from a modest effort to celebrate a horse race to a monumental event that attracts media attention and generates tourism.
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NEWS
May 15, 2014
It's Preakness Week in Baltimore, which is only slightly more sober than a New Orleans Mardi Gras, more tradition-filled than the Little League World Series and definitely more diverse than the Masters Tournament. It's the city's time to shine, and no amount of clouds or rain are going to dampen the celebration. A round of black-eyed Susans, please, for the guest of honor this year who can likely be found over at Pimlico Race Course 's Stall 40 where the Kentucky Derby winner is always housed.
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By Randi Kest and Randi Kest,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | May 6, 1999
The stakes are high at this year's Preakness extravaganza, and the horses are not the only participants preparing for the event.The spirit of competition will spread through the city as swift sprinters, skilled balloonists and savvy sailors take part in the hot-air balloon race, 5-K Preakness Run and a Great Schooner Race during the annual weeklong Preakness Celebration. It begins tomorrow and continues through May 15, the day of the Preakness Stakes.Other races during the celebration include the lighthearted Preakness Crab Derby, Lee's Ice Cream Banana Split Stakes and the Pee Wee Preakness.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Domenica Davis, who worked at WBAL-TV from 2004 to 2007, is returning to the station on a part-time basis starting Monday, according to General Manager Dan Joerres. Davis, who also served as a weathercaster for the Fox News cable channel and WNBC, the NBC-owned station in New York, will be featured in Preakness coverage next week, Joerres said. It is expected that Davis will become a recurring contributor to WBAL's morning news program. In a tweet last week, Davis described her return to WBAL as "doing some freelance.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Domenica Davis, who worked at WBAL-TV from 2004 to 2007, is returning to the station on a part-time basis starting Monday, according to General Manager Dan Joerres. Davis, who also served as a weathercaster for the Fox News cable channel and WNBC, the NBC-owned station in New York, will be featured in Preakness coverage next week, Joerres said. It is expected that Davis will become a recurring contributor to WBAL's morning news program. In a tweet last week, Davis described her return to WBAL as "doing some freelance.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2005
Giddy up. There are a couple of weeks left until the Preakness hooves start pounding. In anticipation of this amazing race, there will be a robust series of festivities in Baltimore -- everything from hot air balloons to racing crabs. Here is a comprehensive list of the pre-Preakness presentations: Preakness Party at the Walters Art Museum. Preakness celebrations kick off tomorrow with a high-end shindig at the Walters Art Museum's sculpture garden. In addition to an open bar, live music and munchies, those who attend can take guided tours of the museum's current exhibit, Stubbs and the Horse.
SPORTS
By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | March 22, 1996
Pimlico Race Course officials have changed the time of the post position draws for the Preakness Stakes and Early Times Dixie.Previously held on the Thursday morning before the Preakness, the draws will be held in the Pimlico Sports Palace at approximately 5: 30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15.The Grade I, $500,000 Preakness and Grade II, $200,000 Early Times will be run May 18."The popularity of the post position draws has grown dramatically," said Pimlico president Joe De Francis. "This change certainly enhances the draws."
FEATURES
May 13, 1991
RACE AT A GLANCE: Ten brown horses chase each other for mile and 3/16ths in middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown before massive Woodstock-like traffic jam paralyzes northwest Baltimore.TODAY'S PROFILE: Strike the Gold. Incredibly lucky 4-to-1 showon Kentucky Derby when rest of field succumbed to rare form of equine narcolepsy and dozed off in home stretch. Trainer Nick Zito banking heavily on solar eclipse during Preakness, with his horse lone entry wearing night-vision goggles.HOW THOROUGHBRED HORSES ARE NAMED: First thought that pops into owner's head, often while being restrained by ward attendants.
NEWS
May 17, 1995
The run-up to the Big Event is often more fun than the race itself. That's how exciting Preakness Week has become in Baltimore.A vast array of music festivals, parades, block parties, balls, races for the two-legged set and hot-air ballooning is crammed into this week, all celebrating Baltimore's -- and Maryland's -- premier thoroughbred race. The Preakness Stakes attracts intense nationwide attention and a huge television audience. It is Baltimore's moment to shine.And shine this region does with enough activity to satisfy the biggest party-people.
NEWS
May 15, 2014
It's Preakness Week in Baltimore, which is only slightly more sober than a New Orleans Mardi Gras, more tradition-filled than the Little League World Series and definitely more diverse than the Masters Tournament. It's the city's time to shine, and no amount of clouds or rain are going to dampen the celebration. A round of black-eyed Susans, please, for the guest of honor this year who can likely be found over at Pimlico Race Course 's Stall 40 where the Kentucky Derby winner is always housed.
SPORTS
By Chris Korman | May 16, 2013
Stuart Janney III, the co-owner of even-money Preakness favorite Orb, arrived at Pimlico Race Course on Thursday morning to watch the colt once again have an easy trip around the track and then go through his morning routine. Janney, the chairman of the Bessemer Trust, traveled earlier in the week and came back to Baltimore from New York, where the company is headquartered, last night. He said he's pleased with how Orb has progressed after winning the Kentucky Derby, and has warm memories of spending mornings during Preakness week at the track 20 minutes from his Butler home.
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Sports Digest | December 21, 2011
Horse racing Shared Account to be bred with '06 Preakness champ Sagamore Farm announced that recently retired 2010 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf champion Shared Account will be bred to 2006 Preakness champion Bernardini. Bernardini has produced 335 foals of racing age with earnings totaling $7,316,863 over three years. Registered progeny of Bernardini include seven graded stakes winners, 10 stakes winners and eight stakes placers. Notable active thoroughbreds Bernardini has sired include three-year-old, Stay Thirsty, owned by Repole Stable and winner of the 2011 Travers Stakes with $1,475,000 in career earnings.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2011
If Regal Solo, a 6-year-old gelding, wins the Maryland Million Sprint Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park, he would become the first horse to win three different Million races. "He's versatile," his trainer Damon Dilodovico said Wednesday. "He's push-button when his feet are good. And I've always thought he was better at short distances than long. " In 2007 the son of 1996 Preakness winner Louis Quatorze won the Million Nursery for 2-year-olds over 6-furlongs. Last year, he won the 1 1/8 th -mile Million Classic.
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Kevin Cowherd | May 15, 2011
Preakness Week kicks off Monday, which means it's time to get past the low-rent Kegasus ad campaign and the general shabbiness of Pimlico Race Course and concentrate on the great race itself. Many of us can't wait for Saturday to see Animal Kingdom, the chestnut colt trained by adopted Marylander Graham Motion that won the Kentucky Derby as a 21-1 long shot. As most race fans know by now, Motion grew up in England but moved to the Free State with his family when he was 16. So he's one of ours, by God. Well, as much as a 46-year-old guy who sounds like King George VI in interviews can be considered one of ours.
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Peter Schmuck | May 14, 2011
If it's the middle of May, you can bet that somebody somewhere is talking about what can be done to fix the Preakness Stakes. So, count me as not surprised when a story surfaced Monday in the Thoroughbred Times quoting MI Developments (MID) executive Mike Rogers saying that it might be a good idea at some point to move the second jewel of the Triple Crown from Saturday to Sunday. I guess we should just be relieved that Frank Stronach's right-hand man wasn't talking about moving it from Maryland to Florida.
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Rob Kasper and The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2010
If the Black Eyed Susan were a race horse, it would be a sprinter. It makes one strong move, then fades quickly. The strong move occurs this weekend when the cocktail will be in demand at Pamlico Race Track, during both the running of the Black Eyed Susan Stakes on Friday and the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. Over these two days, about 25,000 servings of the libation, poured into commemorative glasses, will be sold at track officials say. But as soon as Preakness weekend ends, so does the does the local thirst for the Susan.
FEATURES
May 15, 1992
Threats of a trip to the steam pot worked about as well in yesterday's Media Crab Derby as threats of a trip to the glue factory might work in the real Preakness.The fact is: Blue crabs can't race.They can pinch. They can blow spit bubbles. They can steam up red.But make 'em race, as the Lexington Market did for its second annual Preakness Week crab derby, and the Chesapeake's finest tend to make like deadbeats. Nonetheless, about a dozen local radio, television and newspaper personalities each picked a live crab from Faidley's Seafood, then proceeded to shout, clap and otherwise cajole their crabs -- however s-l-o-w-l-y -- toward the finish line.
FEATURES
May 15, 1992
Threats of a trip to the steam pot worked about as well in yesterday's Media Crab Derby as threats of a trip to the glue factory might work in the real Preakness.The fact is: Blue crabs can't race.They can pinch. They can blow spit bubbles. They can steam up red.But make 'em race, as the Lexington Market did for its second annual Preakness Week crab derby, and the Chesapeake's finest tend to make like deadbeats. Nonetheless, about a dozen local radio, television and newspaper personalities each picked a live crab from Faidley's Seafood, then proceeded to shout, clap and otherwise cajole their crabs -- however s-l-o-w-l-y -- toward the finish line.
SPORTS
By Kevin Cowherd | May 10, 2010
Baltimore, you must be proud. Here it is, the start of Preakness Week, all eyes in the world of horse racing riveted on our city, thousands of visitors pouring in for Saturday's big race, the fabled second jewel of the Triple Crown. And everywhere you go, there are signs urging folks to "Get Your Preak On." And radio commercials talking about "Getting Your Preak On." Nice. Just what the city needs. Just what horse racing needs, too. Here's a sport that's already on life support, enjoyed by about two dozen people under the age of 70 across the entire country.
NEWS
By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,special to the sun | May 16, 2007
Most of the time, the small staff of Deerfield Designs in Ellicott City provides custom murals, hand-painted tiles, faux finishes and other one-of-a-kind touches for homes in the Baltimore region. But every year in early May, the shop, housed in a barn-like building on a leafy cul-de-sac, shifts gears and churns out statues of jockeys. The 9-inch-high statues will be distributed to horse owners at the Alibi Breakfast, a meet-the-press event that takes place tomorrow at the Pimlico Race Course, two days before the Preakness Stakes.
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