Some of you might have noticed the lack of “editorial month in review” posts on our blog lately – It is not because I have not been shooting the news, as I certainly have – but more due to the fact that I tend to keep up with the facebook page much more so than the blog!
With that said, I know there is a bit of interest every year in Preakness coverage, as it is one of the largest events in the Baltimore area. So I decided to throw some of the winners up ASAP on here! This means that, even if you weren’t able to attend this year’s event, you can catch up in what went on while you browse the net or play online games like partypoker. I’ve included a diverse selection of photographs, to give you a good idea of the events which took place at this year’s race.
Preakness is an interesting event to cover – as a photographer, I look around to see people I normally shoot with in the DC/Baltimore area. But unlike most DC political events where I often know every other photographer in the room – it seems that only a handful of the Preakness photographers are political photographers from the area.
Additionally, it’s interesting to see the various types of people that attend the event. Specifically noticing the stark difference between the people who frequent the infield, and those in the grandstands / corporate tents. After spending some time in the infield, I decided it was probably not in my best interest to be walking amongst a ton of drunk people ready to spill their beers all over multiple thousands of dollars in equipment I was carrying! Additionally the fact that every single one of these drunks wanted to stop in front of my camera and have me take their picture really slowed down my progress thru the infield towards the stage.
In prior years, I’ve been excited to see the Preakness coordinators head in the correct direction in terms of marketing the event. This year however, Preakness took a turn for the worse with the introduction of “kegasus” – the half man-half horse beer drinking, pot-bellied mascot used to promote the race. For the last few years Preakness had been trying to market the event to families – but this year they decided to go straight back to the college frat party roots. Undoubtedly this decision helped to keep families and kids away from the “grown up” entertainment.
Given the history of the Preakness, in many ways I’d like to see Maryland keep the race as part of it’s tradition. However, in many other ways I see how a much nicer facility like Delaware Park would make such a better home for this race!
A horse gets worked out during sunrise at Pimlico racetrack the day before the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes
Trainer TODD PLETCHER walks past the starting gate to watch his horse Dance City’s morning workout. At 12-1 odds, Dance City can’t be overlooked. But he does lag behind favorite Animal Kingdom, Dialed In and the other Kentucky Derby holdovers in the eyes of the oddsmakers.
Trainer NICK ZITO washes off Dialed In after a morning workout one day before the Preakness Stakes. Dialed In is listed as the 9-2 second choice behind 2-1 Derby winner Animal Kingdom. Trainer Nick Zito said “He’s got a lot of energy… He is a strong, determined horse, and I am fine with him.”
Horses head into the final turn and approach the home strech in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint $50,000 race at Pimlico Racetrack. Ben’s Cat ridden by JEREMY ROSE finished 1st followed by SHELDON RUSSELL aboard Local Celebrity and MALCOM FRANKLIN on Super Chunky.
National Volleyball League player LISA RUTLEDGE spikes a ball against HEATHER LOWE (hat), and TEALLE HUNKUS as teammate ANNETT DAVIS looks on during the final round of play at a NVL match at Pimlico Racetrack on Preakness day.
National Volleyball League player TEALLE HUNKUS celebrates with teammate HEATHER LOWE (white hat) after winning the final round of play against LISA RUTLEDGE (Red hat), and ANNETT DAVIS at a NVL match at Pimlico Racetrack on Preakness day.