Our racehorse name is Calvert Magic. What’s yours?

(Yes, there’s a My Little Pony-related Easter Egg in the racehorse name generator this year.)

Are you a Preakness Infield Party Animal? Or maybe you’re a Pitbull Groupie or a fancy Lady of the Grandstand?

Quiz: What’s your Preakness personality?

How has the Preakness infield’s reputation changed?

Well, a University of Maryland senior told us she thought Preakness was a music festival — not the second leg of the Triple Crown or the center of debauchery.

Share your Preakness style with us on Pinterest for a chance to win two tickets to see Kenny Chesney at FedEx Field. Details.

The crowds go wild at last weekend’s Preakness Stakes.

Remember when… at the Preakness

She said what? He did what?

Laugh along with us and fellow Preakness goers by sharing your favorite overheard quotes or funny photos.

Simply email them to ohpreak@gmail.com and we’ll re-post them here.

You’ll have another…

What’s a Ridiculous Preakness without drinks? We thought you’d never ask. 

Whether you prefer the traditional Black Eyed Susan, a modern remix, or some of Baltimore’s best bartenders’ own attempts at a signature Preakness drink, our mobile Preakness guide has you covered. 

(Oh, there’s lots of other handy tips, too, for those going to the race as well as watching. If it takes drinks to get you in the door, so be it.)


That’s what you said

If you’re going to the Preakness tomorrow and don’t overhear something funny, you’re doing it wrong. 

From the infield, to the grandstand, to the corporate village, the number of quotable moments rivals the sea of litter revelers will leave for workers the morning after. 

Since you’re here, we know you’ll be doing it right. When you do hear or see something funny, add it to this blog by emailing quotes and pictures to ohpreak@gmail.com

We’ll be posting submissions through Preakness Day. So, join us tomorrow in doing what Baltimore does best: laughing at itself. 


Just practicing our umpire call. Slip and slide through a waterfall of beer at your own risk. 

Sun Preakness 2012 section

Need a hat for Preakness. The Baltimore Sun has got you covered… literally. Just grab our newspaper, some tape, a bit of paint, and decorations and you have the makings of a great DIY Preakness hat. Here’s a step-by-step guide.


We have the exact same hat. Now what are we going to wear?

Sun Preakness 2012 section

Double fisted

Before you complain about your smartphone connection on Saturday, consider what Mayor Kurt Schmoke had to use to handle a power outage at Pimlico the day of the 1998 Preakness.

10 Awkward Questions with Preakness’ Kegasus

Interested in learning more about Kegasus? 10 Awkward Questions with the man and the horse, courtesy of Bthesite.com:

Who’s your biggest celebrity crush right now: I’ll Have Another or Sarah Jessica Parker?
I always get those two confused. Which one is married to Ferris Bueller again? I’m kidding, of course. I’m definitely star-struck by I’ll Have Another. Everyone loves a Cinderella story. Do they even make glass horseshoes?

Click to read more.

Duff Goldman we’re not

Bad news: They rejected our application at Charm City Cakes. Good news: We work with journalists, who will devour our snack stadium before they can judge it. (You see, the one thing news professionals don’t ask questions about is free food.)

Yes, that’s supposed to be an edible Pimlico: Rice Krispie treat clubhouse and press box, tortilla chip track, green salsa turf, M&M fans, and Berger cookie Winner’s Circle.

No, the proportions aren’t exact. Thanks for noticing. After snacking on the scrap materials, right now, we’re more worried about a different kind of scale.

Painting daisies

In college we insisted the school had the grass painted to impress parents and visitors. As much as we did, the school insisted it didn’t. 

At the Preakness, they really do paint plants. Though, for less vain reasons. 

While their alcoholic namesake, many a reveler can attest, is the real deal, the Black-eyed Susan flowers draped over the winning horse are not. 

They are daisies with their centers painted black. 

Why? One, Black-eyed Susans aren’t in bloom in May, our own Susan, Susan Reimer, explained on her garden blog last year. Two, they are a wildflower too delicate to be woven into a blanket. 

So, they paint them black. Hundreds of them.