Memories of The Preakness Gone By

Tomorrow is the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes in Pimlico, Maryland.  And tomorrow I will be wishing I was there.   When I began my freshman year at Towson State College (Towson University) in 1983, I quickly learned some very important things about have to enjoy sitting at a picnic table that is covered in brown paper with dozens of Maryland crabs thrown about (complete with Old Bay Seasoning), pitchers of beers and loving every bite of crab meat - this was not a problem for me!    Rooting for the Baltimore Orioles was another, but the one "Marylander" thing you have to do at least once in your life (but really a lot more) is to attend the Preakness (the 2nd leg of the triple crown in horse racing).  Well,  I attended every year during my time in Maryland and a few years after I moved back to New Jersey.   By 10am, I was sitting in the infield of the track (they no longer allow this) with a hot coffee, just joking with a cold beer and a Black Eyed Susan (signature drink of the race), we would play games, dance, eat and really have the time of our lives.  The actual signature race - the Preakness, went off around 5:30pm, so exciting to watch. There was always the one guy who missed the big race due to his day long shenanigans and needing a siesta in the late afternoon.   I always loved seeing the ladies in the stands with their beautiful hats.   But once again, I will sit in my living room, make myself a Black Eyed Susan and watch the race, reliving all my happy memories in the infield of Pimlico Racetrack.  I will be cheering on Awesome Speed - he is a Jersey Boy - from Colts Neck, NJ.  No doubt, I will return to Pimlico at least one time before I leave this planet - its on my After 50 Bucket List!  I can't wait


Ginger Girl