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Celebrating Preakness in Baltimore

May 16, 2023

The Preakness Stakes is the series of thoroughbred horse races, held on Armed Forces Day each year. The race is named after a former Maryland governor, and is also nicknamed “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” for our state’s flower. The Black-Eyed Susan is the flower printed on the same blanket that’s draped over the winner. The race is a part of a long history of horse racing, making it the second race in the Triple Crown.

If you’re someone who enjoys watching the horse races, then there are many ways to have fun in Baltimore! At Anthem House, we’ve curated some Preakness options for maximum horse racing fun.

Official Preakness Events

On Thursday, May 18 at 8am, head up to the Maryland Jockey Club for the Alibi Breakfast. This is where several predictions for the race take place, and where contributors to the racing industry are recognized. On Friday, May 19, the Black Eyed Susan race will take place. This day is a celebration of women in racing and features lots of local shopping from women-owned businesses. 

There are also Sunrise Tours available from May 16 - 19 starting at 6am in the morning. During this tour, you can take a sneak peek at the behind-the-scenes of the Preakness event in the beautiful morning light.

For the big race day, be sure to check out Preakness Live, an event that highlights the entertainment, food, and culture of our city all to the tune of the Preakness race. Bruno Mars will be headlining the event, performing alongside many other talented artists.

The Preakness Stakes themselves begin on Saturday, May 20, at 10am. The Preakness Stakes will host the finest contenders in Thoroughbred horse racing in a competition for a multimillion-dollar prize. Get ready to bet on your favorite horses and wait in anticipation for the winner as you enjoy a Black-Eyed Susan with friends. For a Baltimore staple event you simply cannot miss, make sure to get your tickets in advance and prepare for a weekend of fun! 

Other Preakness Events

If you want to enjoy the big race without actually going to Pimlico, be sure to check out Raw and Refined in Canton. Their Preakness Pool Party features live DJs, a raw bar, games, and of course, a refreshing pool, with the Preakness Stakes on TV for all to watch. 

Off to the Races

For this year’s 148th annual Preakness race, we at Anthem House hope that you find a way to enjoy the race, and we wish you luck with any predictions you may make!