The hats and fascinators associated with the Preakness Stakes and Black-Eyed Susan Day are almost as popular as the equine heroes from the two days of racing. While shooting standard Preakness shots for a wire service, I saw a woman in a small blue hat walk by the yellow wall and it clicked. I chose a small space by the main door and asked racing fans in their best headwear to take a quick photo. It’s a new way of seeing the hats of the Preakness.
The near-constant rain and looming dark clouds last week made the Preakness Stakes and Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico Race Course a damp, muddy, gray affair. But an announced crowd of 134,487 turned out to see Kentucky Derby winner Justify capture the middle jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown, or to drink and party in the waterlogged infield as Post Malone, 21 Savage and ODESZA played.
Our photographer J.M. Giordano decided to capture the scene in black and white, saying he had never seen the Preakness photographed that way “and the stark weather was perfect for black and white.” Check out his photos below.
With Preakness, a royal wedding and a bunch of other fun food events on the horizon, this week is shaping up to be a good one in Baltimore. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:
Q&A: Stronach Group’s Tiffani Steer talks changes at this year’s Preakness, the future of Pimlico and more
Calling earlier this week from the middle of the Pimlico Race Course, Tiffani Steer says the infield still looks like a bit of a construction site. There’s obviously a considerable amount of work that goes into putting on an event the size of the Preakness, happening Saturday, but this year the Stronach Group, owners of Pimlico and Laurel Park, among other tracks, is reconfiguring both the corporate village and the music festival area.
Weekend Events Calendar: Preakness Stakes, Ta-Nehisi Coates at the BMA, a vintage expo, the Artubus Arts Festival and more
All eyes are on Old Hilltop, as the Preakness Stakes brings lots of visitors to town for the weekend’s largest draw. But don’t sleep on chances to get out for a farmer’s market kickoff, birding or a bike tour of West Baltimore.
Note: With all the inclement weather expected this weekend, please check with the venue for any scheduling changes.
Apparently we’re in for yet another damp day at Old Hilltop for the Preakness. But that shouldn’t stop people from enjoying the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown, and the party gets started tonight at the Mt. Washington Tavern.
Kentucky Derby winner Justify is set to take a shot at the Preakness in his bid for horse racing’s Triple Crown.