Some Fun at the Preakness Stakes as 'Early Voting' Takes Victory Lap

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

When you grow up with family members on both sides of the family who hail from Kentucky, you learn as a child that the first race of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby, is always the first Saturday in May and takes place at Churchill Downs in Louisville. In a lot of ways, it’s a sign that spring is on the way, similar to Opening Day for baseball fans in cold-weather states (I’m originally from Ohio).


But, there are two other races to follow in the racing season — and the second one took place Saturday in Maryland. Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course hosts the Preakness Stakes two weeks after the Derby. (In three weeks from Saturday, New York’s Belmont Stakes will be held.)

Now, at the Kentucky Derby, the pre-race traditions include the singing of the official Bluegrass state song, “My Old Kentucky Home,” by Stephen C. Foster.

Starting in 1939, the official state song of Maryland was “Maryland, My Maryland,” according to the state government website. And that’s what they used to sing there (until 2020, when the woke mob made them stop). The state website adds:

As of July 1, 2021, “Maryland, My Maryland” as the State song was repealed and not replaced by the General Assembly (Chapters 148 & 149, Acts of 2021).

Here’s a lovely rendition of it, for old times’ sake:


Now, I’m familiar with military flyovers at other sporting events like the Indianapolis 500 or the Major League Baseball’s World Series, but they had this spectacular display of a Northrop Grumman B-2 (Stealth Bomber) flying over before the Preakness started.

Not sure how calming that could have been for the horses (but it’s likely no one asked them).

Now, everyone who follows horse racing (even casually) knows that the Derby is known as “the Run for the Roses.” The winning horse is adorned with a blanket of red roses. What do they have at the Preakness? Why, it’s black-eyed Susans!


I’ll admit, it was completely irresistible to write about this year’s race, once I heard the name of the winning horse. In perhaps a twist of irony (or God winking at all of us who are so serious about politics), the horse’s name is Early Voting.

Watch Early Voting’s thrilling, come-from-behind win below, courtesy of NBC Sports:



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