BALTIMORE (WJZ)–Final preparations are underway for the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes.
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The wait is almost over for the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes.
“It’s a day if you are in Maryland, you really don’t want to miss,” said Tom Chuckas, president and COO of Maryland Jockey Club.
This Black Eyed Susan Day, WJZ spotted ladies dressed very London and racetrack chic.
“Yes, we are,” said one woman. “Fascinators!”
“Just being out here and seeing some horses and the races and being with friends,” said one attendee. “Having some cocktails and betting on the races.”
“It’s been like a growing tradition for us,” said another attendee. “It’s less crowd; you can get to the betting windows.”
And a beautiful day to place those bets.
“We should have 23,000-30,000 today,” Chuckas said. “The racing is great, and it’s a great kickoff to tomorrow.”READ MORE: Fourth Of July Fireworks Return To Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Preakness infield entertainment includes six bands, and all eyes will be on the race.
“We’ve got a horse that can win almost $6 million,” Chuckas said.
“I think Macho Man,” said one attendee.
“Shackleford. I’ve got Shackleford. Not sure why. I just have a feeling,” said another.
“Animal Kingdom or Mucho Macho Man,” is one woman’s choice.
Meteorologist Bernadette Woods gave us this race day forecast:
“I think we are looking at a dry track,” she said. “Sunshine and clouds building in the afternoon, but we’re looking pretty good.
And as for any winners out there? Woods says she’s going for Dialed In.
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This is the second year Pimlico Race Course partnered with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and there was plenty of pink around the race track. Many of the proceeds from Friday’s races went to the Komen Foundation, and many of the races featured female jockeys.