As part of our Preakness Stakes 2013 coverage, here are some events to add to your schedule. Event details can be found at
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1 | The Mt. Washington Tavern hosts a Preakness-themed happy hour on May 9, with a percentage of food and drink sales going to the Maryland affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
2 | The Down the Stretch 5K for Susan G. Komen on May 11 has runners following in famous hoof prints as they burst out of the starting gate and loop around Pimlico’s track and grounds.
3 | Get Your Preak On at the Pier is a May 11 evening concert at Pier Six by country singer-songwriter Phil Vassar.
4 | Experience the early-morning bustle of the track during Sunrise at Old Hilltop (May 15-17, 6-9 a.m.), which includes free, guided tours of the stable area.
5 | Since the ’30s, owners, trainers, jockeys, and media have breakfasted to celebrate Preakness. This year’s Alibi Breakfast is May 16 in the clubhouse. Limited tickets available.
6 | Black-Eyed Susan Day (May 17) marks the annual running of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, the middle jewel in the filly Triple Crown. The day features 13 races in all and an infield concert by the Goo Goo Dolls.
7 | Before the fillies hit the track on May 17, head to the Grandstand where celebrity jockeys will be signing autographs from 10-11 a.m.
8 | The big day arrives on May 18 as a field of 3-year-old colts and geldings vie for the $1,000,000 Preakness purse, and a potential shot at racing’s elusive Triple Crown.
9 | There’s plenty to keep you busy while waiting for the race, such as this year’s InfieldFest (May 18), which boasts perform-ances by Pitbull and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on the Main Stage.
10 | Also part of InfieldFest (May 18), acts such as Florida Georgia Line, Chevelle, and Kristen and the Noise will perform on the Jagermeister Stage.
11 | Rounding out InfieldFest (May 18) will be food and beverage vendors (a MUG Club ticket gets you unlimited beer refills), a bikini contest, a graffiti wall, and Cornhole Park for enthusiasts of the beanbag-tossing tailgating game.
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Start pre-gaming (pre-racing?) for Preakness at Padonia Station Bar & Grille’s happy hour on May 3. Running from 6-10 p.m. at the Timonium watering hole, the evening will include guest bartenders, live music, and vintage Preakness item giveaways, plus 15 percent of food and drink sales will be donated to a therapeutic riding charity.
To mark the 40th anniversary of Secretariat’s magical Triple Crown win, The Maryland Jockey Club is hosting a series of events at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring on May 14 examining the legacy of “Big Red” championship. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a live taping of ESPN’s horseracing podcast series In The Gate with Secretariat’s owner Penny Chenery and jockey Ron Turcotte. Following the taping will be a screening of a new documentary about Turcotte, whose racing career ended in 1978 when a fall left him paraplegic. Then, following the documentary, there will be a VIP reception with Turcotte and Chenery. Tickets can be purchased at secretariat.com.
Owners, riders, and racing fans will find out which slot their horse will get in the starting gate at the Preakness Post Position Draw on May 15 at 6 p.m. in Pimlico’s International Pavilion. The blind draw will determine which horses will get the advantageous inside positions (meaning fewer strides around the track) and which will be starting on the outside.
Why should horses have all the racing fun? Frogs try to break the current jump record of 8 feet at the annual Frog Hop in Patterson Park on May 15 at 12 p.m.
Lexington Market will host the 22nd Annual Celebrity Crab Derby on May 16 at 12 p.m. The popular event sees local celebrities jockeying live blue crabs down a short course. The winner receives $500 toward his or her charity of choice-and bragging rights, of course.
Go up, up, and away during the Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival May 16-18. The annual ballooning fair offers tethered and untethered balloon rides, children’s activities, live music, food and craft vendors, and four mass ascensions of hot-air balloons. Turf Valley, 2700 Turf Valley Rd., Ellicott City. ballooningusa.com/preakness/