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Preakness fans can experience a Pimlico tradition dating back over 80 years

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Posted at 7:26 AM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 08:34:57-04

BALTIMORE — It’s a long-standing Preakness tradition which goes back to the 1930s.

When you think of the Triple Crown, you think of tradition. The Preakness Stakes is a Baltimore institution and part of the tradition includes the Alibi Breakfast.

The Alibi Breakfast comes with breakfast served in the terrace dining room.

It dates to when the trainers, jockeys and owners would all hang out on the front porch of the clubhouse and talk about their racing stories.

The tradition carries on today, except they share their stories with the public about what it takes to compete at Pimlico.

On Wednesday, the trainers, jockeys and owners found out where the 13 horses hoping to win the cup will start. One of the horses in the running is Maryland-bred, Always-Mining.

If he wins, he would be the first Maryland-bred horse to win the Preakness since Deputy Testimony in 1983. This also means the team could make history as the first female trainer to win a Triple Crown race.

Meanwhile, several florists are working hard at piecing together nearly 2,000 Black-Eyed-Susans in the form of a blanket. The blanket will be draped over the winning horses for both Friday and Saturday races.

Finally, the sunrise tours continue. The tours offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Preakness.

Tour guides will take horse racing fans into the barns where they can see the horses on their morning workouts and learn more about the history of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.