Ralph Hicks and Joe Masterson, of Bardstown, Ky., are going for the Triple Crown this year.

The two traveled 30 miles south of their hometown to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago. They're here attending their first Preakness today, and they plan to go to the Belmont Stakes in three weeks.

For Hicks, 62, and Masterson, 70, today is solely about the race.

"I've been in the infield," Hicks said. "I've seen it all. We'll be watching from that window."




Masterson expressed his longtime love for the sport.

"I went to the Kentucky Derby in 1974, the year after Secretariat won it," he said. "That's what really got me into it."

The two will be betting on today's race. Masterson, who used to work at Churchill Downs as a teller, said he'll likely put money on Creative Cause winning the Preakness.

"He's my favorite. He might have trouble catching Bodemeister on those turns," he said, "but he's my favorite."

For someone who's spent so much time at the Downs and traveled 10 hours in the car to get here, how does Pimlico compare? Pretty well, Masterson says.

"I like the atmosphere here," he said, and Hicks mentioned the less expensive concessions. "I'm really pleased."