Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Preakness at Pimlico, etc.

The Preakness will be run later this afternoon at Pimlico in Baltimore with Animal Kingdom being one of the favorites. This is a picture of Animal Kingdom at Churchill Downs prior to winning the Kentucky Derby. While son Tim lived in Kentucky, we had an opportunity to see the 101st running of the Derby and developed a greater appreciation for the sport. While we didn’t get to see the Preakness, on Saturday, July 1, 1978 we went up to Pimlico and cashed tickets from 5 of 6 races. The Black-eyed Susans were in full-bloom and it was great atmosphere. We then ate at Haussner’s which was an Art experience along with fine dining. The Haussner family traveled all over the world and bought up art, sculptures, paintings, etchings, statues, etc. and displayed it all at the restaurant. Unfortunately, after 76 years the place closed down in 1999. To “top-off” our day in Baltimore, we saw the Orioles beat the Red Sox in 11 innings with Jim Palmer going the first 9 for Baltimore and Torres all the way for the Red Sox. We were home in Northern Virginia soon after midnight following a very busy, enjoyable day.

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