Perhaps you have not heard of the run for the black-eyed susans…or perhaps you didn’t know, that even if you had heard of the run for the black-eyed susans….. you did not know that the beautiful blanket of flowers draped over the winning horse is actually yellow daisies.
Well, you should know that this race is coming up on May 19th……that would be next Saturday.
What am I talking about?
The Preakness Stakes horse race that is held in Baltimore, Maryland, two weeks after the run for the roses or in other words, the Kentucky Derby race.
That is right!
This is also the race where as soon as the winner crosses the finish line…a painter climbs a ladder to paint the winning jockey’s silks colors on the weathervane jockey atop the old Clubhouse at the Pimlico Race track.
And perhaps you did not know that before the race, there is a singing of song much like the Kentucky Derby where My Old Kentucky Home song is sung…there are singers singing “Maryland, My Maryland” at the Preakness race.
So why, you may ask, are there yellow daisies instead of the Maryland state flower, the black-eyed susans… in the blanket of flowers draped on the winning horse?
Well, It is not the right time of year for the state flower to bloom…that would be in June or July….sooooooo in an effort to make the yellow daisies look like black-eyed susans, their centers are hand painted with a black lacquer so they look like black-eyed susans.
Oh, and there is more.
The Preakness is the second leg in the Triple Crown Race and the race track is the shortest of the Triple Crown races.
The track is only 1 3/16 miles long.
Also, the race has a nickname because it is in between the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes, the Preakness is known as the ‘middle sister’.
Of course it is.
There is a trophy for winning this race….it is called the Woodlawn Vase…however it is so valuable that NO ONE, not even the winners are allowed to hold it.
- 1 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. Mount Gay Eclipse rum
- 3/4 oz. Cointreau
- 1 1/2 oz. fresh-squeezed orange juice
- 1 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
- Build in a Collins glass filled with crushed ice. Add a Maraschino cherry, an orange wheel, a pineapple cube, and a lime wedge for garnishes.
- Note: it’s imperative to squeeze the juice from the lime wedge into the drink....so they say.
Sandy K Park says
Kari, thanks for this wonderful information. I had no idea about the blanket. It’s so pretty.
Glad to inform…..LOL!!! thanks Sandy for stopping by,
Catherine Curry says
I really enjoyed the information about the Preakness. I had no idea they used daisies and painted the centers black. I look forward to seeing your pretty table. I loved your Derby table and I know this will be fabulous too!
Thank you Cathy….your Derby table was so beautiful as well and your ingenuity makes me envious. Thanks for stopping by.
Ann Kelley says
What an interesting article! Now I’m informed about the run for the Black-Eyed Susans. Thank you!
Thanks Ann…we all learn something new everyday…or at least we should or we would get bored real easy. Thanks for stopping by.
Nancy Sharp says
The only thing I like better about the Preakness is the drink.😀
I have not tried the drink yet, but I do love all the fruit juices…and living in Florida affords us all the freshness, right? Thanks for stopping by. Hugs