Preakness

Planning the Perfect Preakness 2015 Viewing Party

Celebrating the Second Jewel in the Triple Crown

Although the Preakness Stakes aren’t as well known as the Kentucky Derby, the race is still crucial to the contenders and their aspirations for winning the Triple Crown. Held at the Pimlico Race Course here in Baltimore, the Preakness Stakes is the second hurdle the jockeys and their thoroughbreds have to get through before heading to the last leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY. It’s your chance to get out and mingle amongst the upper crust of Baltimore society while watching an exciting horserace with the possibility of winning a bit of extra money should you decide to place a bet.

Whether you’re heading to the races to watch in person or planning on staying in to watch it on TV, we’re here to help you plan the perfect Preakness viewing party no matter where you are!

Appropriate Attire

The Kentucky Derby is known for the over-the-top hats that are worn by the ladies in attendance. While there is certainly nothing wrong with topping your outfit off with a stylish hat, especially as you meander through Preakness Village, it’s not a must-have for your Preakness outfit. In fact, the Preakness Stakes are more about understated elegance with class and comfort in mind. Although, depending on where you plan on spending your time at the races, the attire can be dramatically different, mostly because of the different classes of people located in each.

When you’re celebrating the Preakness with a party in your home, the dress code may not seem as important. However, if you really want everyone to get the true Preakness experience, invite everyone to come dressed in their best to mingle with everyone at your party. You can even put up a mock red carpet to take pictures of everyone as they arrive. Not only is this a great way to capture the memories, but they would also be a great souvenir by which to remember your fabulous party.

Traditional Preakness Food & Beverages

If you’re planning on attending the Preakness and dining while you’re there, the best place to see and be seen while enjoying some incredible food is in the Terrace Dining Room. The main buffet is open from 1pm to 4pm and offers up selections like the spinach tortellini salad with fresh mozzarella and grape tomatoes as well as the Old-Hilltop Maryland Crab Cakes that Baltimore is famous for. To wash it all down, the open beer, wine, and soda bar as well as the cash deluxe bars are open from 12pm until the last race.

For an at-home viewing party, you can whip up some BBQ that will have everyone begging for more. Your guests will really be blown away when the recipe you use is the same one used by Bob Hundertmark in the Turf Valley Members’ Grill. Don’t forget the signature drink of the Preakness Stakes: The Black Eyed Susan. We’ve listed the recipe below so you can serve it to your guests along with all the other traditional sides like crab cakes, cole slaw, and potato salad. With the proper menu, your guests will feel as though they’re at the races even from the comfort of your own home.

The Black Eyed Susan Recipe

1.25 oz Finlandia Vodka

0.25 oz St. Germain Liqueur

2 oz. Lemon Juice

3 oz. Lemongrass & Blackberry Simple Syrup

6 drops of Angostura Bitters

Garnish with one Sage Leaf

No matter where you decide to celebrate the second leg of the Triple Crown, with the right attire and the best people around you, everyone is sure to enjoy themselves. With all the excitement the races tend to bring about, make sure that you and your guests are able to get home safely once the festivities are over by reserving a Baltimore car service to chauffeur you around for the day. You won’t have to worry about battling traffic or fighting over a parking spot and will be able to arrive in the lap of luxury. Make this Preakness the best event it can possibly be and get your party planning on right now!

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George Rains
Executive Vice President of Global Operations at ZBest Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation Services.