The Preakness is the second jewel in America’s horse racing Triple Crown. It is held the second Saturday in May at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore, Maryland. It’s two weeks after the Kentucky Derby, and three weeks before the Belmont.
The Triple Crown is a grueling test of a racehorse’s endurance. Only three-year-olds run in the Triple Crown. Barely a year into their race training and barely mature enough to withstand the rigors of long-distance running, these athletic animals run the three biggest races of their careers within a five-week period.
Every year, as the race season nears, trainers hope for a Triple Crown winner. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed, in 1978. Hopes were high in 2006 for Barbaro, who won the Kentucky Derby by 6 ½ lengths. Barbaro shattered his ankle and his racing career, however, coming out of the gate at the Preakness.
Will the Preakness 2007 be similarly cursed? Or will we see the next Triple Crown winner next year? The two-year old colts are already training for next year’s race, and you could be there to watch it.
The Preakness 2007 will be on May 17 and, as always, the Preakness Celebration takes place in the week and a half or so leading up to the race. The Preakness 2007 Celebration will include a hot air balloon festival, concerts, fireworks and a parade. There will be the usual racing events, too: a 5K Triple Crown of three foot races: The Charm City 5K Run, the Hopewell Cancer Support Run and the Celiac 5K Run. If anyone wins all three, he or she is given a ticket to the horse race.
There are children’s activities and races, too. Kids can participate in a Frog Hop, and even the littlest tots can participate in the Pee Wee Preakness, where they race on inflated hippity-hop balls.
Tickets and hotel reservations for Preakness 2007 are available now. You and your family could be there next year to see if there could be another Triple Crown contender when the race is done.