Preakness Fun!

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.


Mucho Macho Man during a morning workout one day before the Preakness Stakes. After disappointing in the Kentucky Derby, Mucho Macho Man is listed as 12/1 to win the Preakness.


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.”


Trainer Dale Romans’ Shackleford runs during a morning workout one day prior to the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico


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.


WES SCANTLIN of Puddle of Mudd sings in the infield at Pimlico on Preakness day.


A fan shows off a stylish purple hat while enjoying the races at Pimlico racetrack on the day of the Preakness Stakes.


XAVIER PEREZ aboard No Brakes (left) comes from behind to win the 2nd race of the day at Pimlico Racetrack on the day of the Preakness Stakes


PHIL VASSAR performs on stage at Pimlico Racetrack on Preakness day.


A fan shows off a stylish hat while enjoying the races at Pimlico racetrack on the day of the Preakness Stakes.


JESUS LOPEZ CASTANON leads Shackleford (blue helmet) down the straight away at the start of the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes


JESUS LOPEZ CASTANON leads Shackleford (blue helmet) down the home strech of Pimlico Raceway to win the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes


JESUS LOPEZ CASTANON aboard Shackleford (blue helmet) celebrates after winning the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes


JESUS LOPEZ CASTANON aboard Shackleford celebrates after winning the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes


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 spikes a ball against ANNETT DAVIS (left) and LISA RUTLEDGE 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.

Preakness Coverage

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, I dont think I need to go over the story lines here… enjoy!
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas' Preakness horse Flying Private grazes outside of the stable at Pimlico race track.  Lukas had his horses, Flying Private and Luv Gov, jog around Pimlico early Wednesday morning. The pair shipped in from Churchill Downs Tuesday, a van ride that took about 12 hours..   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas' Preakness horse Flying Private grazes outside of the stable at Pimlico race track. Lukas had his horses, Flying Private and Luv Gov, jog around Pimlico early Wednesday morning. The pair shipped in from Churchill Downs Tuesday, a van ride that took about 12 hours.. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  CHIP WOOLLEY's crutches stick out of the Barn where his Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird is stabled at Pimlico readying for the Preakness.  .   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: CHIP WOOLLEY's crutches stick out of the Barn where his Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird is stabled at Pimlico readying for the Preakness. . (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Pioneer of the Nile's Trainer BOB BAFFERT (left) talks with CHIP WOOLLEY, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in the stable at Pimlico racetrack.  .   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Pioneer of the Nile's Trainer BOB BAFFERT (left) talks with CHIP WOOLLEY, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in the stable at Pimlico racetrack. . (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  CHIP WOOLLEY, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in the stable at Pimlico racetrack.  .   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: CHIP WOOLLEY, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in the stable at Pimlico racetrack. . (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Preakness favorite Rachel Alexandra arrives at Pimlico race track.  Rachel Alexandra was formally entered in the Preakness Wednesday morning. The ownership group of Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stable and Harold T. McCormick paid the $100,000 supplemental entry fee to make her eligible for the Triple Crown races. She will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999..   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Preakness favorite Rachel Alexandra arrives at Pimlico race track. Rachel Alexandra was formally entered in the Preakness Wednesday morning. The ownership group of Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stable and Harold T. McCormick paid the $100,000 supplemental entry fee to make her eligible for the Triple Crown races. She will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999.. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Preakness favorite Rachel Alexandra arrives at Pimlico race track.  Rachel Alexandra was formally entered in the Preakness Wednesday morning. The ownership group of Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stable and Harold T. McCormick paid the $100,000 supplemental entry fee to make her eligible for the Triple Crown races. She will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999..   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Preakness favorite Rachel Alexandra arrives at Pimlico race track. Rachel Alexandra was formally entered in the Preakness Wednesday morning. The ownership group of Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stable and Harold T. McCormick paid the $100,000 supplemental entry fee to make her eligible for the Triple Crown races. She will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999.. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Preakness favorite Rachel Alexandra arrives at Pimlico race track.  Rachel Alexandra was formally entered in the Preakness Wednesday morning. The ownership group of Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stable and Harold T. McCormick paid the $100,000 supplemental entry fee to make her eligible for the Triple Crown races. She will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999..   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Preakness favorite Rachel Alexandra arrives at Pimlico race track. Rachel Alexandra was formally entered in the Preakness Wednesday morning. The ownership group of Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stable and Harold T. McCormick paid the $100,000 supplemental entry fee to make her eligible for the Triple Crown races. She will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999.. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird works out on the track at Pimlico in the early morning.  Trained by Chip Woolley, Mine That Bird was a 50/1 long shot to win the Derby, and bettors are now thinking the win was only a fluke..   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird works out on the track at Pimlico in the early morning. Trained by Chip Woolley, Mine That Bird was a 50/1 long shot to win the Derby, and bettors are now thinking the win was only a fluke.. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Trainer LARRY JONES gets Friesan Fire gets ready to head out to the track at Pimlico for a morning workout.  Trained by Larry Jones, Friesan Fire suffered cuts on his legs in the Derby which caused his Jockey to coast him into a 18th place finish.  ..   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Trainer LARRY JONES gets Friesan Fire gets ready to head out to the track at Pimlico for a morning workout. Trained by Larry Jones, Friesan Fire suffered cuts on his legs in the Derby which caused his Jockey to coast him into a 18th place finish. .. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland: BOB BAFFERT watches his horse, Pioneer of the Nile during a morning workout at Pimlico...   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: BOB BAFFERT watches his horse, Pioneer of the Nile during a morning workout at Pimlico… (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Friesan Fire during a morning workout at Pimlico in advance of the Preakness.  Trained by Larry Jones, Friesan Fire suffered cuts on his legs in the Derby which caused his Jockey to coast him into a 18th place finish.  ..   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Friesan Fire during a morning workout at Pimlico in advance of the Preakness. Trained by Larry Jones, Friesan Fire suffered cuts on his legs in the Derby which caused his Jockey to coast him into a 18th place finish. .. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  D. WAYNE LUKAS trainer of Preakness horses Flying Private and Luv Gov speaks to the media outside of the Barn at Pimlico. ..   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: D. WAYNE LUKAS trainer of Preakness horses Flying Private and Luv Gov speaks to the media outside of the Barn at Pimlico. .. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Friday, May 15th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra works out at Pimlico on a foggy morning the day before the Preakness Stakes.  Rachel Alexandra will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999...   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Friday, May 15th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra works out at Pimlico on a foggy morning the day before the Preakness Stakes. Rachel Alexandra will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999… (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Friday, May 15th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra returns to the barn with a lead pony following a foggy morning workout the day before the Preakness Stakes.  Rachel Alexandra will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999...   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Friday, May 15th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra returns to the barn with a lead pony following a foggy morning workout the day before the Preakness Stakes. Rachel Alexandra will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999… (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Friday, May 15th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra gets a bath following a foggy morning workout the day before the Preakness Stakes.  Rachel Alexandra will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999...   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Friday, May 15th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra gets a bath following a foggy morning workout the day before the Preakness Stakes. Rachel Alexandra will be the 53rd filly to run in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the fifth in the last 70 years and the first since Excellent Meeting in 1999… (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Friday, May 15th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Trainer LARRY JONES stops for a photo in the barn at Pimlico following a morning workout for his horse, Friesan Fire.  Friesan Fire suffered cuts on his legs in the Derby which caused his Jockey to coast him into a 18th place finish, but Jones is confident he is ready to race in the Preakness.  ..   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Friday, May 15th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Trainer LARRY JONES stops for a photo in the barn at Pimlico following a morning workout for his horse, Friesan Fire. Friesan Fire suffered cuts on his legs in the Derby which caused his Jockey to coast him into a 18th place finish, but Jones is confident he is ready to race in the Preakness. .. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Jockey CALVIN BOREL.rides Rachel Alexandra to the starting gate for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.  Borel Rode Rachel Alexandra to a first place finish.  achel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924.....   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)Saturday, May 16th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Jockey CALVIN BOREL.rides Rachel Alexandra to the starting gate for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Borel Rode Rachel Alexandra to a first place finish. achel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924….. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)[/caption]

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Rachel Alexandra and jockey CALVIN BOREL leads the field into the first turn of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.  Rachel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924....   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Rachel Alexandra and jockey CALVIN BOREL leads the field into the first turn of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Rachel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924…. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Rachel Alexandra and jockey CALVIN BOREL cross the finish line first in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.  Rachel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924....   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Rachel Alexandra and jockey CALVIN BOREL cross the finish line first in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Rachel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924…. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Rachel Alexandra and jockey CALVIN BOREL cross the finish line first in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.  Rachel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924....   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Rachel Alexandra and jockey CALVIN BOREL cross the finish line first in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Rachel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924…. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland:  Rachel Alexandra has fun with the cameras as her legs are washed down following her win at the Preakness Stakes.  Rachel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924....   (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland: Rachel Alexandra has fun with the cameras as her legs are washed down following her win at the Preakness Stakes. Rachel Alexandra is the fifth filly to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the first since Nellie Morse in 1924…. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press).. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

— NOTE — I feel like I should have captioned this something like this: Giving an interview to the press following her win at Preakness, Rachel Alexandra responds to a reporter asking her if she had anything she wanted to say to her male counterparts after taking home the big win.