BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Energy buzzed at Pimlico Race Course for Black-Eyed Susan Day on Friday.
The first race of the day was at 11:30 a.m. and many fans were on hand to attend.
“It’s just a lot of fun, we get together, we eat, we drink we bet on some horses,” one fan said.
Some people have been coming to Black-Eyed Susan Day for over two decades.
“It’s a great day for Maryland, it’s a great day for women,” another fan said. “There are sunshine, drinks and beautiful horses, so what’s not to love”?
It wasn’t just the drinks that were flowing, so was the cash. Hundreds of people bet on horses like Point of Honor and Cookie Dough.
Whether fans are interested in betting or not, all of them came out for a great time.
But questions about the future of the Preakness are on the minds of some of the most passionate horse racing lovers who want the second jewel of the Triple Crown to stay here in Baltimore.
But the owners of the Stronach Group remain uncommitted to stay past 2020.
“I know there’s litigation going on, but that still should not preclude us from having a conversation,” Mayor Jack Young said. “Like I said earlier, I think we can get a win and I think we can redo Pimlico and keep the Preakness here.”
At the Inner Harbor on Friday night, hundreds played and enjoyed music at the “Race To Preakness Party.”
“The weather is perfect for a change,” Cristi Casalena said. “It’s so nice to have a sunny one for both a Friday and a Saturday.”
War of Will and Warriors Charge are currently the favorites to win. The Preakness will start at 6:30 p.m.