"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

May 18, 2012

May 17 - Baltimore, MD

Horse Racing
Henderson's Wharf Marina

We rented a car this morning for two weeks. We will leave Saturday and spend about a week at home. Since we had the car we decided to drive out to Pimlico Race Course. Pimlico is the second oldest racetrack in the nation behind Saratoga; it was opened on October 25, 1870 and is home to the Preakness Stakes. The Preakness is the middle jewel of America’s premier sporting event, The Triple Crown. It’s traditionally held on the third Saturday in May, it’s a mile and three sixteenths in length, with a purse of $500,000. Saturday will be the 137th running of the race. I was less than impressed with the outside of the racetrack. It seems a little run down for such a famous place. The track and infield are fixed up for this week’s activities, but the rest of the facility seems to need a little work. We only placed a bet on the first race...the rest of the races we just picked horses between ourselves. We didn't do very well, although we each picked a winner once...unfortunately not when we had placed our bet. The weather was prefect today, it felt wonderful sitting in the stands, we even enjoyed sitting in the sun. We had fun getting away from the water and doing something a little different for the today.

Pictures of the races
The winner I picked in the winner circle

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