By Reuben Greene,
Special to the AFRO

Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the Triple Crown, returned to Baltimore’s iconic Pimlico Race Course on May 19 and May 20.

Amidst the captivating world of horse racing, the attendees were not only treated to a thrilling competition, but a captivating display of high fashion, elegance and a vibrant live performance by the sensational Bruno Mars.

Hats, the epitome of horse racing fashion, took center stage with their flamboyant designs and intricate craftsmanship. Women donned a dazzling array of headpieces, ranging from wide-brimmed hats adorned with feathers, flowers and ribbons to whimsical fascinators perched delicately on their heads. 

Each hat seemed to tell a unique story, capturing the essence of its owner’s personality and style. The men were not to be outdone in the pursuit of fashion excellence. Tailored suits in luxurious fabrics tapered a variety of body frames, boasting impeccable cuts and classic silhouettes. Bold patterns and colors added a touch of high-end taste to the ensembles, while perfectly coordinated ties and pocket squares added a sophisticated flair.

Preakness, which takes place in the heart of the city’s Park Height neighborhood, was a remarkable showcase of style, speed and the indomitable spirit of Baltimore. 

Nestled in the heart of Baltimore’s Park Heights neighborhood in West Baltimore, Pimlico Race Course has witnessed the trials and triumphs of a neighborhood steeped in history. While the Preakness Stakes radiates opulence and grandeur, it is essential to acknowledge the poverty that has surrounded the race course for decades. Pimlico stands as a beacon of hope, a place where disparate worlds collide, showcasing the resilience of a community yearning for transformation, while also retaining culture.

As the event continued on, the thundering of hooves resonated through the stands, setting the stage for an exhilarating race. The horses dashed across the track with determination and grace. The atmosphere was electric as the crowd erupted with cheers, urging their chosen steeds towards victory. After a fierce competition, “National Treasure” emerged as the triumphant winner of the Preakness 2023, etching his name into thoroughbred racing history.

The event undoubtedly reached a fever pitch when Grammy Award winning artist Bruno Mars took the stage to deliver an unforgettable performance. With his magnetic presence, soulful voice and infectious energy, Mars captivated the crowd, turning the rain-soaked racecourse into a pulsating sea of pure joy and excitement. 

The crowd responded with an intensity that defied the inclement weather. The audience sang along to every word, their voices merging with Bruno Mars in a glorious chorus that echoed throughout the venue.

Preakness 2023 at Pimlico Race Course was a remarkable showcase of style, speed and the indomitable spirit of Baltimore. 

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