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.)


You certainly look cool…

… “Thanks, you don’t look so hot yourself.” (Sorry, Yogi Berra quote. Couldn’t help it.)

If you like your Preaknesses hot or muddy, this year might not be your year. The forecast calls for a clear, under 80-degree race day. 

This time, the meteorological records, at least, appear safe.  

The hottest Preakness of the past 30 years was 1998, when the mercury hit 90. 

The coolest came five years later. In 2003, it barely got above 53. 

We couldn’t find any record keepers of mud volume, but 2005 has to be a contender.

What does Lindsay Lohan do the third Saturday in May?
A winning post from our 2011 Mobbies friends.

What does Lindsay Lohan do the third Saturday in May?

A winning post from our 2011 Mobbies friends.

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.

Preakness party like it’s 1999

Before there was an app for everything, there was a Geocities page. And, thanks to the Internet Archive, many are still around, even though Yahoo shut down the pioneering self-publishing community in 2009.

One we’re especially grateful was cataloged is this Preakness party planning site, complete with green-bold-italic Comic Sans, swaying Black-eyed Susan GIFs and a Midi rendition of “Maryland, My Maryland.”

Don’t be too distracted by all the flowers, though. (There are A LOT.) The author throws a classy party. Who can help us curl ribbon for the flatware settings?

Sun Talk: What’s your most ridiculous Preakness story?*

*That we can publish.

Everybody who’s been seems to have at least one. We’ll highlight some of the best in a future post. 

If you have a story we can’t publish, flag us down on Saturday. Given all we’ve seen, it’s pretty hard to make us blush.

Don’t break the mirror!

Affixed on the calendar on the third Saturday in May, the Preakness itself is a day full of rituals: From wearing flamboyant hats, to painting the weather vane the winner’s colors, to yes, running along the tops of portable toilets.

But, for bettors, race participants (and, we’d wager, cornhole participants as well) there are also less public observances. To deal with the uncertainty even all the preparation in the world leaves behind, they have superstitions. 

The ones stakeholders were willing to disclose in a 2010 Sun article are eccentric enough. We can only guess about those they insist on keeping private, as a Preakness-winning jockey said is customary among riders.

There is the trainer who habitually avoids the color red. There is the longtime Pimlico barber — himself an admittedly poor handicapper — whose customers return to get “lucky” haircuts. There is the bettor who plays horses’ numbers coinciding with the birthday of his American Eskimo dog who died 14 years ago.

Experts say horse racing is a magnet for superstition because, like life, it is so uncertain.

Have your own Preakness superstitions? Let us know. (Especially cornhole players. We’re looking for an edge this year.)

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Overheard at the Preakness

Who says comedy is hard? Without even trying, you contributed the below gems to last year’s Overheard at the Preakness feature and made us LOL several times. Yeah, that was us. (Someone at the betting windows told us we have a “horse laugh.” Not sure whether that was a joke.)

Awkward laugh and all, we’ll have our ears open again May 19. But, Preakness-goers have more than 100,000 mouths. 

On race day, help make sure we don’t miss something funny, strange, classic — perhaps even legendary — by sending it to this blog. To do so, simply email the quote (and an illustrative picture, if you like) to

Like your teacher said: We all want to laugh, too.   

As promised, here are some of last year’s highlights:

  • “This is the only horse I’ve seen all day.”
    — infield fan with horse head costume
  • “Either way, it’s time to accelerate your drinking consumption significantly!”
    Black-eyed Susan vendor’s Rapture-inspired sales pitch
  • “Where’s the ice cream stand?”
    big, heavily tatooed guy to usher
  • “Yankees suck!”
    — group marching through infield tunnel (chanting) 
  • “Hold on, I wanna place my bets before I get too drunk.”
  • “Got any betting tips?” / “Yeah, don’t bet.”
    Overheard after a photo finish
Win, place, go

Say what you will about the third guy. At least he didn’t fall down.

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