Breakfast at Pimlico always a hit

The 2010 Alibi Breakfast leading into the 135th Preakness Stakes went off without a hitch Thursday morning, with the usual sumptuous breakfast -- eggs, sausage, home fries, French toast, even fried chicken at 9:30 in the morning! -- leading up to remarks by the trainers and owners involved in the 12-horse field.

Veteran broadcasters Scott Garceau and Keith Mills served as co-MC's and did a great job drawing great lines and observations from the horsemen in advance of Saturday's big race.


Some examples:

Garceau asked Todd Pletcher, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, the 5-2 favorite in the Preakness, "Does Super Saver know he's such a rock star now?"

"I think he's picked up on it, yeah," Pletcher said with a grin. "He seems to enjoy all the cameras and all the action ... it's the race everyone dreams about winning. It's tremendously exciting and rewarding."

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, asked about his colt Dublin, a 10-1 shot, drawing the No. 12 and last post position: "There are no bad brides on your wedding night and no bad holes in the Preakness."

Kentucky Derby favorite Lookin at Lucky, trained by Bob Baffert, is the second choice for Saturday's race at 3-1. The colt drew the inside rail at the Derby and was bumped twice before getting caught in traffic and finishing sixth.

When Garceau observed "Your trip at Churchill Downs looked like 5:30 on the Beltway," Baffert answered: "If it would have been a boxing match, it would have been over in the first round."

The fried chicken, by the way, was excellent.

Even at 9:30 in the morning.