The 2011 Preakness Stakes draws the attention of the horse racing world today as crowds flock to Pimlico Racetrack.
The Preakness is the famed second race of the historic Triple Crown, held since 1873 in Baltimore, Maryland. With a track that is only 9.5 furlongs (1-3/16 miles,) the Preakness is more of a sprint than its cousin—the longer and more famous Kentucky Derby.
Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff decided to join the infield madness, which had about 10,000 revelers, and compete in a cornhole tournament.
Cundiff told the Baltimore Sun:
“We wanted to do something to be a part of the Preakness because we’ve never been,” Cundiff said after beating a pair of twenty-somethings. “This is a chance to experience the Infield, and later, we’ll sit in the grandstand. But we want to see as much of Baltimore as we can. This is essentially Baltimore.”
Also according to the Sun, police reported that there were no early problems in the infield, and patrons seemed to be enjoying the madness, too.
But Kellie Dickerson, 35, proclaimed this year a success. She came to Baltimore from Virginia Beach, her first Preakness, and said the lines were quick and the beer plentiful. “Short, easy access,” she said. She was here with two friends, Cathy Kincaid, 49, and Peter O’Sullivan, 53.
“We haven’t had to wait in line all day,” Dickerson said. “It’s awesome!”