The Preakness Stakes


This Saturday is the 139th running of the Preakness.  This event takes place right here in Baltimore, Maryland.

Pimlico Race Course is the home of the Preakness.  Every year the place is packed full of people hoping to see a winner, hopefully a triple crown.  This year  California Chrome will line up to try and win the second race of the triple crown.  If he wins the journey will continue and after the race, my favorite part takes place, the painting of the weather vane.  Right after the winner is declared a painter climbs up to the weather vane and begins to paint the winner silks and the color of the winning horse.  This will remain until the next year.  
They will also be covered with a blanket of Black-Eyed Susans, our state flower.

There hasn't been a triple crown winner in years, the last one was in 1978! 

My grandparents used to go every year to watch the race.  I have a collection of these glasses and it just so happens that I have one from the last year of the triple crown winner!

How fun is that?

You will find people sipping on a signature cocktail while waiting and watching the race.  This cocktail is called The Black- Eyed Susan.  


1 1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz St. Germain
2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/4 oz Lime Juice 
3/4 oz Orange Juice
Add a orange slice and sip

So lets wish California Chrome some luck this saturday and enjoy the race with a Black-Eyed Susan in hand.

Do you think California Chrome has what it takes?
Are you a horse racing fan like my family? 


  1. Love those glasses. I've never gone and may never go, unless I'm in the grand stands. That muddy infield isn't for me!

  2. I live right near Saratoga racetrack so horse racing is a big thing where I am from too! I'm rooting for California Chrome because I want it to go for the triple crown! That drink looks yummy!