Trap Queen is coming to Pimlico.
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.
I received the following analysis from former jockey Charlie Fenwick, whose wife Muffy is a contributor to the Baltimore Fishbowl. Charlie is an inveterate racing fan, and in the weeks leading up to the Preakness he emails a long list of friends with the inside scoop on the horses’ chances, the races and assorted stories. Below, his latest on what’s what for the Preakness. – SD
CALIFORNIA CHROME has no apparent weaknesses. He has tactical speed, rates behind, he is emotionally mature and likes the distance. For as many times as he’s run, he appears to be sound and fresh. Actually, he works the crowd a bit (see the photo above for him hamming it up in the Pimlico Stakes Barn). I don’t think Espinoza asked him for too much in the Derby, although he beat a weak field.
This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose: in our backyards, playgrounds and parks! Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.
The Preakness, the “middle jewel” in The Triple Crown is this Saturday at Pimlico. If you know nothing else about me know this: I am so allergic to horses that if I so much as pet one hair on the nose of a horse, I become one giant hive that weeps and sneezes and yet despite this — despite becoming a giant wheezing snot-hive — I pet them anyway, saying between labored breaths and puffs on my inhaler, “They’re so beautiful.” Snort. “So elegant.” Wheeze. “So fast.” Then I have to go take a cold shower and a prednisone.
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.