First I should inform you that I am prejudiced about the city of Baltimore. It is one of my favorite towns in America. For me it has everything – racetracks, a great seaport, famous hospitals, newspapers … magnificent restaurants, unmatched beauty beyond the city limits; stately homes harboring authentic American aristocrats and dives renowned on the seven seas. A fellow with even a soupcon of imagination should never be bored there. It is, indeed, a fitting background for one of the greatest horseraces on this continent – the Preakness.
The Notebook May 16, 2013
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From Tom O’Reilly in London’s Morning Telegraph, written on December 18, 1959:
Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas, jokingly to the Baltimore Sun on the Kegasus mascot not returning for Saturday's 2013 Preakness Stakes:
He went back to the islands and I haven't seen him since.
Celebrity chef Mike Isabella, who has been tapped to design the menus for Preakness Village and Turfside Terrace at Preakness 2013, describing the opportunity with the Baltimore Sun:
I thought it would be a great opportunity. I get to see the races, I get to hang out, and I get some people to see my food who don't always get to D.C.
Trainer Shug McGaughey speaking to the media shortly after his and his Derby-winning colt Orb arrived at Pimlico:
You can’t believe how proud I am; I’m thrilled to be standing here right now. I couldn’t be a happier guy. I’m excited to be here today.
Jockey Kevin Krigger, a native of the Virgin Islands (St. Croix) and regular rider of Preakness contender Goldencents, discussing social media:
I found out about two days before the Derby that I had a Facebook page. I guess it was put together by my sister and my cousin, and my mother informed me that the Virgin Islands media are trying to get hold of me to do interviews. She also informed me that a lot of kids are leaving comments as far as I inspired them to follow their dreams. I don’t really keep up with social media, but that made me appreciate my ‘Like’ page for the first time.
From Ogden Nash, noted poet, pundit and lover of Baltimore:
The Derby is a race of aristocratic sleekness, for horses of birth to prove their worth to run in the Preakness.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas on why he made the jockey changes on two of his three Preakness contenders: Julien Lepraoux to ride Titletown Five, Mike Smith replaces Jon Court on Will Take Charge while Gary Stevens retains the mount on Oxbow:
I thought if we could get three world-class Eclipse (-winning) riders, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give my clients that opportunity,” Lukas said. “I ran it by them, and they were excited about it. Nothing against Jon Court; I rode him all spring with good luck, but I think it’s the coach in me. I always tell those riders we’re just gonna date, we’re not gonna get married.