Story and Video by Cate Calogero, Stone Ridge Campus Correspondent
BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA) — The sun was bright and shinning on Saturday, as a record crowd of over 121,000 people filled Pimlico Race course for the 137th Preakness Stakes.
In the stands, women in fancy hats and dresses sipped Black Eyed Susans while men smoked cigars and chatted with their friends. The main topic of the day was the favorite for the big race, Bodemeister. Some had already placed their bets on the race, the 12th race of the day scheduled for 6:00 p.m. while others were waiting closer to the post time. The ground was littered with torn up tickets, lost bets from the races that began at 10.
On the other side of the track at the InfieldFest, men and women in shorts and t-shirts clutched neon mugs as they crowded in front of the stage, waiting for the concerts to begin. Many of those in the InfieldFest were there for the atmosphere and the entertainment.
On the corporate half of the infield, trainers, owners and fans ate lunch and enjoyed drinks in air-conditioned tents, waiting for their big race. For some of the owners, their main event was the Preakness Race, scheduled for 6:00 p.m. For others, it was some of the earlier races of the day.
Entertainment included members of the All American Freefall team who jumped from planes above the track and landed right in front of the stands. Another Preakness tradition was a US Air Force B-2 Spirit Stealth Fly-Over. Popular musicians Wiz Khalifa and Maroon 5 kept the bass pumping and the energy high in the InfieldFest.
As the 12th race of the day approached, the energy in the stands was high. Everyone had placed his or her bets and was anxiously awaiting the beginning of the race. The bugle call went off and the horses took their places in the starting gate. Then, they were off! It was a close race, with Bodemeister leading for the majority of the time. In the final stretch, I’ll Have Another charged ahead, winning the Preakness by a nose.
At the end of the race, I’ll Have Another’s jockey pumped his fist in celebration, knowing that his win put I’ll Have Another as a Triple Crown contender.
If I’ll Have Another is able to win the Belmont, then he will be the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. Some people went home richer after the 12th race and some not so much, but everyone had a fun time at the 137th Preakness.
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