BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Good food, a few tall tales and, of course, a room full of Black-Eyed Susans.
Monique Griego was there as the Preakness kicked off its annual Alibi Breakfast.
A little music, some fried chicken and a glass full of the famous Black-Eyed Susan drink. It’s an odd combination that means the Alibi Breakfast at the Preakness is in full swing.
“It brings together the camaraderie of my colleagues, the other trainers and the owners,” said D. Wayne Lukas.
Hall of Fame trainer and five-time Preakness winner D. Wayne Lukas says on Thursday morning, rivalry is put on hold in exchange for a buffet of food and drink.
“A lot of times we’re in such a competitive arena that it’s really difficult for us to get to know the other guys,” Lukas said.
The Alibi Breakfast started back in the 1930s. Trainers, owners and dignitaries would come to the clubhouse to exchange stories and talk about their horse’s chances.
“All the trainers tell lies, say all the horses are doing great when they’re not,” Lukas said. It’s “a little bit of a roast.”
The tradition of telling tall tales is only complete if you cap it off with a Black-Eyed Susan–the Preakness’ official drink.
“I should get one of them, or two. I’ll get one, and then I’ll go up to the bar and say ‘I’ll Have Another,'” said Jack Sisterson, trainer of Derby winner I’ll Have Another.
The team from I’ll Have Another enjoyed their first Alibi Breakfast, fresh off their Kentucky Derby win.
“They just go above and beyond to help us out,” Sisterson said.
It’s all part of the Preakness experience.
“Of the Triple Crown this is the most fun. This is the best hospitality. It’s a special place,” Lukas said.
Several awards are also given out at the Alibi Breakfast to people who’ve made significant contributions to the racing industry.