With big hats strung out amongst the grandstands, the crowds returned after a one-year covid hiatus, flooding Pimlico Park with horse racing faithfulness. As is the tradition, everyone joined in to sing “Maryland, My Maryland” to open the event.
Racegoers excitedly made their way to the betting window to put their money and faith on their chosen steed.
As the start gates flew open, everyone leaned to the edges of their seats to make sure not to miss a thing. As the horses rounded the last corner and breezed the home stretch, the crowd erupted in cheers, hoping to edge their horse across the finish line first.
This year the talented equine champion Rombauer was a true underdog holding 12-1 odds. Intentionally held out of the Kentucky Derby in prior weeks, Rombauer entered the race well-rested; the strategy proved to be successful, as he won the Preakness with a stirring stretch run that carried him past race favorites Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit.
Even with his win, it wasn’t a certainty that Rombauer would run the last leg of the triple crown at Belmont in June; however, it seems like owners John and Diane Fradkin are looking to roll the dice as he just checked into the stables at Belmont.
We can only hope for a race as thrilling as the Preakness.