Sunday, May 22, 2011


Yesterday, over one hundred thousand people attended the 136th Preakness Horse Race. It’s all part of the Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes). Festive crowds wearing suits, sundresses and ornate hats enjoyed a beautiful day at Pimlico. Race-goers experienced the Maryland track at its finest, eating the food, listening to the music, and admiring the horses.

The three-year old chestnut colt, Shakelford won. Colt Animal Kingdom finished second, with Astrology a close third.

And when the last jewel of the Triple Crown - the Belmont Stakes - comes around in June, it will be any horse’s race to win.

I was not able to make it to Maryland, so I grabbed some friends and galloped off to Suffolk Downs Race Track in East Boston. They simulcast the Preakness, and offered live racing as well. We had a grand ol time. As soon as that trumpet blasted and the race began, so did the fun. Suffolk Downs has a rich history… they have hosted Hall of Fame horse Seabiscut, and even the Beatles back in 1966! I was at that Beatles concert, as a baby of course. But, that is a story for another time.

Churchill Downs

If you are looking for something different to do, may I suggest a day at the races? There is fresh air, sunshine, and plenty of excitement. In our case we sat inside drinking wine in-between bets.

Did you know that horse racing was once the sport of kings? And, for all you animal lovers out there…. at Suffolk Downs the horses are treated humanely. Suffolk has a special program to keep these gorgeous animals healthy and happy long after their racing days are through.
If you can’t make it to the race-track, you can always watch that classic Marx Brothers comedy A Day at the Races! I bet you'll enjoy it....

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