Rounding out the field of nine are Armagnac, which was previously formed by the beleaguered Bob Baffert; Fenwick, trained by Kevin McKathan, who runs a young horse training center that produced American Pharoah and Silver Charm; and Skippylongstocking, which has four legs or dark colored stockings.
The party in the infield returns, in a big way.
The stories about the field party at Preakness are legendary: beer coolers, portable toilet races, bikini contests, canapes brought from the street.
Over the years there have been more and more restrictions to curb extravagant behavior – by the standards on the pitch – but last year’s event was perhaps the most tasteless of them all. Due to the pandemic, organizers limited attendance to 10,000 people, which included the indoor pitch. The concert continued, however, and 400 pods, which could accommodate between four and eight people each, were laid out on the grass separated by metal fences. 2 Chainz, D-Nice and Major Lazer performed.
But the full party that Preakness fans know and love – a dizzying compilation of high-profile musical acts and bottomless mugs of beer – is back and now spanning two days.
On Friday, a day traditionally marked by the Black-Eyed Susan race for fillies, the first Preakness Live Culinary, Art and Music Festival will take place, with performances from Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion, Brittney Spencer and others. Celebrity chefs Tom Colicchio, Marcus Samuelsson and Gail Simmons along with local chefs will give cooking demonstrations, and local artists will have installations in what is called the art garden.
On Saturday, the traditional InfieldFest returns, with Marshmello, the Chainsmokers and MoneyBagg Yo. Perhaps there will even be sightings of the centaur’s mythical mascot, Kegasus.
As the prolonged debauchery begins – this time many hope to never be interrupted again.