“A horse gallops with his lungs, preserves with his heart and wins with his character”
Two short weeks ago we all watched as American Pharaoh defeated Dortmund and Firing Line in the home stretch of the Kentucky Derby to secure victory. We dedicated a whole blog to the Kentucky Derby and now it’s time to shine some light on the Preakness.
The Preakness is the second race in the Triple Crown series. The series works its way up the coast from Churchill Downs in Kentucky, to Pimlico in Maryland, and ends with the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York. The Preakness is often referred to as the race for the Black Eyed Susan’s because the winner is draped in a blanket of the Black Eyed flowers. FUN FACT: The Black Eyed Susan is the official flower of the Preakness but it doesn’t bloom until late June/July. That being said, the blanket of “black eyed Susan’s” is actually a knock off and is comprised of gerbera daisies, sun flowers or other flowers with a black center. Officials are trying their hardest to one day soon utilize the actual flower.
Just as the Kentucky Derby participants sip their mint julep, the fans of the Preakness created their own drink, appropriately named the Black Eyed Susan; the drink consists of Vodka, St. Germain, pineapple juice, lime juice and orange juice.
The race this weekend promises excitement. Crowds are buzzing with curiosity—begging the question—will we have a Triple Crown winner?! What do you think? Place your bets, tune into the Preakness and after all is said and done, we will see you on our home turf, Long Island, for the Belmont Stakes on June 6th.
So, my confession you ask? I hope Firing Line delivers the upset.
May there always be a hoof print next to your foot print,