Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland is counting down the days until it is completely packed full of hundreds of thounsands spectators, nervous jockeys, confident trainers, and the bravest, fastest horses in the world. Just over a week away from the 2nd race of the Triple Crown Series, Preakness Stakes tickets are peaking in popularity. The outcome of the Kentucky Derby, which is the first of the three Triple Crown Series, was an impressive win by Animal Kingdom and his jockey John R. Velazquez. A record crowd of 164,858 was in attendance at the race, which can only mean that the 2011 Preakness Stakes crowd will potentially be record-breaking as well.
Preakness Stakes tickets are like gems in the world of horse racing. As one of the most prized and cherished races in the world, Preakness Stakes is truly a special race to see live. Pimlico Race Course is classic and historic, and has preserved as the hosting grounds of the Preakness Stakes since 1909. Now that the 2011 Stakes are just about here, fans better begin their hunt for those precious Preakness Stakes tickets. Don’t miss your chance to see history in the making – Get out to Baltimore for the 2011 Preakness!
Preakness Stakes tickets just got a whole lot hipper! The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that the 2010 Preakness InfieldFEST will include performances by Grammy Award winner Zac Brown Band and million-selling band Of A Revolution (O.A.R) Both bands are expected to play extensive sets on the main stage at the May 15 Preakness Day race.
Beginning last year, a new approach to Preakness Day was started at Pimlico, aimed to liven up the festivities and attract a younger element. Nationally recognized pop groups and other fun activities (such as a bikini contest) have been introduced to the Infield. 2010′s message to fans is “Get Your Preak On” – a call to hellraisers to have get some kicks and enjoy Maryland’s sporting event as much as possible.
Several O.A.R. members actually graduated from Maryland’s Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville. They have experienced huge success in the USA and beyond. O.A.R. recently released their sixth studio album All Sides, and O.A.R tickets are selling fast to their 2010 tour. Buy your Preakness Stakes tickets and be there for the central jewel in the Triple Crown!
The Maryland Jockey Club has announced that “Mr. Preakness”, Charles John (Chick) Lang, has died of natural causes on March 18, 2010, at the age of 83. Mr. Lang had been hospitalized since the day after Christmas last year
In response, the Hirsch Jacobs Stakes will be renamed in honor of Lang, who was the General Manger at Pimlico Race Course for many years. The Jacobs Stakes is a Grade 3 sprint that is run the same day as the Preakness Stakes, this year being May 15.
Lang was literally born into racing; his great-grandfather won the Kentucky Derby as a trainer in 1903, his father won the 1928 Kentucky Derby as a rider on Reigh Count (Lang Sr.’s prestigious Queen’s Plate victories also made him the only Canadian jockey in racing history to win the race both in Canada and in the United States), plus Lang’s son and grandson have served in executive capacities at various race tracks. “Mr. Preakness” held almost every job possible at the racecourse, including hotwalker, general manager and even worked successfully as a jockey’s agent. He was a permanent fixture at Pimlico from 1960 to the end of the 80s.
According to his wishes, Lang’s ashes will be spread at Pimlico in the Preakness winners’ circle. It is a fitting tribute to one of horse racing’s greatest devotees.
Who’s colors will adorn the fabled weather vane of Pimlico in 2010? This is the question that Preakness Stakes tickets buyers all want the answer to when they but tickets to the Preakness race 2010.
The Preakness Stakes tradition of painting its famous weathervane with the winner’s colors is among the great race’s finest traditions. Preakness Stakes tickets mean more than the race itself; you will watch as the painter scales his ladder to paint the vane. You will enjoy the sight of the victor decorated in black-eyed susans, and you might even enjoy the other kind of Black-Eyed Susan – the official drink of the Preakness Stakes. Tickets will be going extremely fast, so be sure to stake your claim and be one of the lucky ones living it up in the famous clubhouse as the winner comes romping home!