As this page is sent to the printer, a number of friends who frequent upscale watering holes like The Oregon Grille, The Mt. Washington Tavern, and The Milton Inn are already discussing the question “Can Orb win the Preakness Stakes?”
It’s premature, of course, since the steadily improving winner of four straight races hasn’t run yet in the Kentucky Derby, where he would be one of the favorites. And we won’t know until he comes out of that race whether he will even be entered on May 18 in what is called “The Second Jewel of the Triple Crown.”
Not surprisingly, because of Orb’s strong Baltimore connections—Stuart Janney III of Butler is one of his owners—a lot of parochial local racing enthusiasts like myself are fervently hoping that he does well in the Derby and can run in the Preakness.
But with or without Orb, the Preakness is still the Preakness, the biggest single sporting event in the region every year and the culmination of a week-long series of festivities for all ages, which we summarize in our events section on page 37.
In this issue, Glyndon’s Christianna McCausland, a devoted racing fan herself and the author of Maryland Steeplechasing, profiles Janney and his family, who for generations have represented the best in Baltimore’s storied relationship with both flat-track and timber racing.
As you guessed from our cover, the May issue is about a lot more than Preakness.
Senior editor Jess Blumberg collaborates with Janelle Erlichman Diamond, John Lewis, and Amy Mulvihill to produce what I think you’ll find to be a fresh take on our annual cool-summer-things-to-do list with “The Family Guide to the City.” They’ve identified museums, festivals, outdoorsy activities, and more—even Baltimore’s most kid-friendly restaurants.
And don’t miss Diamond’s instructive essay on what it takes to keep four wee ones and their parents happy (and sane) when you live in the city. There was a story in a British newspaper recently that found the average small child asks about 300 questions a day. For Diamond’s brood, you do the math.
Who knows, keeping the kids constructively busy with all the options in our Family Guide might just give Mom and Dad a brief reprieve.