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Preakness has local connections

The ladies are all ready with big, broad-brimmed beautiful hats.

The gentlemen are all ready with cash and racing forms in their pockets.

They are ready for a fun Preakness Day at Pimlico.

Who among them knows why it is called the Preakness?

Not one.

Do you?

Listen up; Pimlico history tells all.

Preakness was the name of the horse which won the track's first stakes race in 1870 at Pimlico.

Racing then was a big deal for sure. Legend has it that Congress adjourned so that its race fans could come from D.C. and arrive at the track by post time.

By 1873, that stakes race was renamed the Preakness, since continuing into racing history as the so-called "second jewel" of the Triple Crown of racing. The Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes complete the trio.

Maryland race fans this year have added "home town" interest.

Orb is owned by Stuart Janney, III and the Phipp's family relatives, long active in racing. His father, the late Stuart Janney, Jr., won three consecutive Maryland Hunt Cups when the race resumed in Glyndon following shut-down during World War II years.

Another "local" connection is in jockey Rosie Napravnik, who will be aboard Mylute, a fifth-place Derby finisher.

Rosie, a Maryland resident since 2006, learned her trade from Holley Robinson at her Sparks farm and from longtime Maryland trainer, Dickie Small.

If she wins the mile and three-sixteenths Preakness Run for the Black-Eyed Susans, she will be only the second woman to capture a Triple Crown race.

No mater that the blanket of "Black-Eyed Susans" are painted to look the part. Those flowers just don't bloom in Maryland until late summer.

If you plan to go early, gates open at 8 a.m., then plan to stay late.

Post time for the Preakness, late on the racing card, is approximately 6:20 pm.

Those Jockey Club execs obviously want the best bang for the buck from the tremendous tun out of fans on Preakness Day.

Cheer for Orb.

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