Although the Preakness takes center stage on Saturday, there are many other things to see at Pimlico besides the horses. Here is a collection of photos from the week of things you may not see unless you were there.
The Preakness saddlecloths await the big day. This is from Thursday morning during the Alibi Breakfast.
The winner's circle with the old clubhouse cupola all decorated and ready for the winner.
Joe Kelly was back to do the call to the post with his usual flamboyant style.
The crowd in the grandstand watches a turf race.
The horses run past the drunken infield crowd during a turf race. Most of the people in there probably don't even realize there are horses running past.
There was lots of fashion to be seen with flowers a major theme.
The Navy SEALS did a precision parachute demonstration with several sky divers landing on the turf course, including this one with a large US flag.
After the paratroopers finished, a stealth bomber did a flyover of the grandstand.
The Preakness field rounds the clubhouse turn.
Triple Crown quick links:
Top Kentucky Derby Contenders - my list of the top horses headed to the Derby with profiles for each with photos, stats, and link to more info like past performances and pedigree.
Analyzing the top 2013 Kentucky Derby contenders - My annual analysis of the top contenders to try and select a winner by matching each to the profile of a Kentucky Derby winner using many of the more popular angles and statistical trends. This year there were is a 3-way tie for the top spot: Goldencents, Normandy Invasion, and Overanalyze.
2013 Kentucky Derby And Oaks Security - New enhanced stricter rules will be enforced this year. Be sure to read the rules as many have changed and more things are banned. There will still be magnetic wand searches of all patrons and many things are no longer allowed. Check here to make sure you don't bring anything they will confiscate.
Review: Triple Crown Handicapper 2013 - by Jim Mazur. Includes lots of stats for all 3 races and explains how to use a system of statistically derived negative angles to eliminate the "bad" picks.
Review: Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments - Commemorative DVD from Churchill Downs with video from 27 different runnings along with interviews, photos, and historical info. Definitely recommended for any racing fan!
Review: Churchill Downs - America's Most Historic Racetrack by Kimberly Gatto. An entertaining and informative account of the history of the track and it's most famous race, the Kentucky Derby, with lots of photos. Definitely recommended.