Preakness Peek: Sunrise at Old Hilltop

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Orb Sunset on the Knoll
Orb hits the track at 6:00 this morning. Photo by Sam Moore.

One of the best Preakness traditions is Sunrise at Old Hilltop. The free, 20-minute tours run from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of Preakness Week.  If you want to get into the spirit of the Preakness, but don’t want to face the crowds, it is the perfect event.

The tours give spectators an insider’s perspective on racing during an escorted tour of the stable area.  One of the tour guides who always draws a crowd is former jockey Charlie Fenwick. Charlie stopped riding years ago, but his love of the sport and experience add a personal touch. His enthusiasm for racing is infectious.

Charlie Fenwick and his daughter.
A local television news reporter puts a mic in front of Charlie Fenwick and his daughter.

Trainers, owners, exercise riders, and jockeys mill about during the tour, giving a real sense of life behind the scenes.

On the wash rack.
On the wash rack.

Budweiser showcases its Clydesdales in the barn area too.  This one, named Roy, is 1,800 pounds.

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Before and after the tours, spectators watch the horses during their morning workouts.

Rosie Nepravnik rides Mylute.
Rosie Nepravnik rides Mylute. Photo by Sam Moore.

Reservations are not taken, tours are free and on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, please contact Diana Harbaugh at [email protected].



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