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.
Trainers, owners, exercise riders, and jockeys mill about during the tour, giving a real sense of life behind the scenes.
Budweiser showcases its Clydesdales in the barn area too. This one, named Roy, is 1,800 pounds.
Before and after the tours, spectators watch the horses during their morning workouts.
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].