Community Celebrates Little Free Libraries Near Pimlico — Jewish Times
By post time Pimlico Race Course had been downgraded to “sloppy.” It was a day of steady rain. Coming off the infield, the boots of the party kids were covered in mud. Hat feathers drooped. Women’s lace gloves — the revival of an 80s-esque Madonna trend? I hope so! — were spangled with raindrops.
The Preakness Stakes, one of the three races that makes up horse racing’s Triple Crown, has been held at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course for 140 years. But that might soon change.
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is the odds-on favorite to win the 139th Preakness Stakes. His odds are 3-5! If he wins the Preakness, he’ll be on track to be the first triple-crown winner in 36 years. And that would certainly be something. But if I’m putting money on the race, I’m betting on California Chrome’s toughest competitor, because it seems like the only moral choice.
His odds are only 5-1, but his name is Social Inclusion, and that’s good enough for me. I know that race horses are known for having strange names, but this guy might as well be called It’s Not Whether You Win or Lose, It’s How You Play the Game. And when you put Social Inclusion against California Chrome, it’s easy to tell who is the cocky villain with the flashy looks and who is the underdog with nothing but heart in this Hollywood sports narrative.
The black-eyed Susan has been the Preakness’s signature cocktail for 40 years now, but it has yet to get any real respect. It might have been that the focus on achieving a “pale yellow color” during its conception or that the drink “has no roots in classical mixology.” Whatever the reason, the drink has been under attack since it was first introduced, and its recipe has been accordingly tweaked and retooled.
Currently, the Preakness’s advertises the official black-eyed Susan as consisting of vodka, elderflower liqueur, pineapple juice, orange juice, and lime juice, but at various times in the drink’s history you might have found rum, whiskey, bourbon, peach schnapps, sour mix, and/or orange liqueur in there.
In just five years, Baltimore born and bred jockey Forest Boyce has established herself as a contender in the competitive sport of flat racing. Last year, she ranked seventh in local standings with 57 wins. With the Preakness approaching, she’s eyeing the stakes races, hoping for mounts on both Black Eyed Susan and Preakness days.
Ever since Lean In became a bestseller, the bar has been raised for women who fancy themselves business-minded go-getters. We’ve now got some good language and tools to help women make a go of it in the business world, and thankfully, we’ve also got fabulous events like the Women in Business Networking Gala and Luncheon to be held at Pimlico on Friday, May 16th. The actual lunch begins at 12:00 noon and tickets include the Networking Event, Luncheon, Afternoon Tea, Clubhouse Parking, Concourse Seat, Live Thoroughbred Racing, Infield Festival & Concert and Cash Bar. If this is what business networking looks like, sign us up!