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At the Races!

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Celebrate the Preakness, Pimlico and Maryland's history of horse racing with an equestrian gift!


Going to a Preakness party? These gorgeous marble coasters from Studio Vertu make great host gifts. Or, maybe you'll be at the race? Pack your food and drink in a fully equipped cooler from Picnic at Ascot. These gifts can be used and enjoyed year-round, but it's the season of horse racing after all and no better time to start your equestrian collection.


A Bit of History

The Maryland Hunt Cup was first held in 1894 between the Elkridge Fox Hunting Club and the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club. Spectators gather and picnic on the hillsides of Worthington Valley, which has been the official home of this famous steeplechase since 1922. The course is 4 miles long with 22 timber-fences.

Pimlico Racetrack, and its role in the internationally renowned Triple Crown Stakes, originated from a friendly wager between race enthusiasts. In 1868 Maryland's governor, Oden Bowie, and his friends at the Saratoga Racetrack in New York agreed to race their horses for the winning purse of one dinner party hosted by the loser. Two years later, the horses were old enough and the Pimlico Racetrack officially opened.

The Preakness Stakes could be considered the "make or break" moment in the quest for the Triple Crown. If the Kentucky Derby winner triumphs at Pimlico, a momentum builds. Excitement is palpable as it seems like horse and jockey are just an inch from the final finish line at Belmont Park and the coveted Triple Crown trophy.

The 141st Preakness Stakes is Saturday, May 21. You can visit or for more information.

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