By AFRO Staff

Marylanders and equestrian lovers from around the country converged on the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for Preakness 148 on May 19 and 20. Fancy hats, dresses and suits paraded around the race track as jockeys prepared for their races. Aside from the main event, the Black Eyed Susan Day race, one of several races run during the Preakness Stakes, took place for phillies (female horses) only.

The weekend was brought to a high point with Grammy Award winning pop star Bruno Mars. Attendance for the weekend has not returned to pre-pandemic numbers, but Black Baltimore showed up in style. 

Preakness Stakes is the second leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in American horse racing. The athletes will continue on to the Belmont Stakes, which takes place in Elmont, N.Y.(NY) on Saturday, June 10. As Mage, took the Kentucky Derby, run at Churchill Downs in the first week of May. This year there will be no Triple Crown winner.