Derby Days: The Preakness

Steeped in tradition, The Preakness Stakes is the second leg of The Triple Crown.  First run in 1873, this storied race has been run every year since 1909 at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course.    

Baltimore is a food lover's paradise, and, being on The Chesapeake Bay, crab is abundant!  Our Preakness celebrations always include Maryland Blue Crab Dip.  Our favorite recipe is adapted from The Brown-Eyed Baker.  If available, use fresh backfin Maryland Blue crab!  

Derby Days: The Preakness |


"Bianca" Hat from Christine A. Moore Millinery - The Official Milliner of The Breeder's Cup! CLICK HERE to visit Christine's website and view her stunning collection of extraordinary race day hats!


The blanket of Black-Eyed Susan's that adorns the winner's neck is the inspiration for the official race-day cocktail, The Black Eyed Susan. The drink, unlike the flower, is always in season!

Black Eyed Susan

(the official cocktail of The Preakness)

  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup crushed ice

  • 1 ounce vodka

  • 1 ounce light rum

  • 1/2 ounce Triple Sec

  • 2 ounces unsweetened pineapple juice

  • 2 ounces orange juice

  • Lime slice and pitted sweet dark cherry (we love these Woodford Cherries)

Place desired amount of ice in a rocks glass. Pour vodka, rum, Triple Sec and juices into glass. Stir; serve with a lime slice and cherry.

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