Other than the never-ending gloomy weather, the big news this week is Mother’s Day. If you haven’t made your plans yet, it’s not too late to pull something together to celebrate your mom – check out our list of local restaurant happenings right here. Even if the reservation is made last minute, she will appreciate it.
But Mother’s Day isn’t the only exciting thing happening over the next few days. Here’s a look at what’s happening today, tomorrow and for the rest of the week in and around Baltimore:
Break out the mint juleps, bow ties, and big hats! Don’t Miss Hats and Horses, a night of dinner, dancing, and gaming, at the Baltimore Country Club on May 6 from 6:30 – 11:00 p.m. to benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
We asked Stuart’s wife Lynn to share with us the experience of winning the first jewel of the Triple Crown and how the family is feeling about the Kentucky Derby Champion’s chances in the Preakness next weekend.
The Janneys live in Butler, where they raised their two children, Matt and Emily.
All of Maryland is rooting for you, Orb!
Orb had been named the favorite by several organizations, but how confident did you feel that he would win?
I think we were all very confident about Orb before the race, though in horse racing nothing is guaranteed. Shug McGaughey, the trainer, never overstates anything and so when he felt good about Orb, we did too. The rain put a question mark next to him, but his breeding says he should not mind a sloppy track. And he didn’t.
Give us the play-by-play of watching the race, the mood when Orb started storming ahead and the moment when you realized Orb would be victorious. What was your reaction: more stunned, silent disbelief or more hooting and hollering? What was Stuart’s?
The rain made all the exposed seating unusable, so we were all huddled under cover in the stands, very tense. Waiting for the race to start is torturous. Every minute seems like an hour, but eventually they are in the gate. I have relived this race so many times I think I only see it in slow motion. At the start we were all extremely quiet, and then after the first turn Stuart commented the pace is very fast. We were still quiet and not concerned when we saw him fifteenth on the backstretch, just gripping the rail. And then he started to make his move. Still no noise from us. It was only on the last turn when he kicked in that we were free to start yelling. The sound of the crowd at the Derby, Preakness and Belmont — any very big race — can be deafening. But when you have a horse in the race you don’t hear it. We were only hearing each other screaming his name.
The April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon have made Americans more security conscious — and have left planners of big events, like the May 18 Preakness Stakes, scrambling to make sure their security policies are up-to-date. Case in point: No one will be bringing a cooler (or backpack, or beverage container that’s not see-through) to Pimlico this year.
The track was muddy and the day was drizzly, but that didn’t stop Orb from proving the odds-makers correct by coming in ahead in the 2013 Kentucky Derby this weekend. Bred from Maryland stallion Malibu Moon and co-owned by Marylander Stuart Janney III, Orb came from behind to win by two and a half lengths.