From entertainment on the track to the infield, the The Maryland Jockey Club is covering the bases for a big party at Pimlico the day before Preakness.
For starters, Counting Crows, The Fray and Annie Bosko will perform live in the public infield, beginning in the late afternoon.
Counting Crows has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. The Fray released its fourth studio album Helios on February 25 which is receiving early critical acclaim. Bosko is one of Nashville’s “it” girls on the rise.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Pimlico sales office (877-206-8042) or by logging onto http://www.blackeyedsusanday.com/. Tickets for the concert will be $40.
A two-day Infield combo ticket for Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness days is available for $90 through April. Lorde will headline the main stage at Preakness InfieldFest. The Preakness day concert features seven acts on two stages from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The full line-up will be announced shortly.
NBC Sports Network, WBAL-TV and HRTV will have live broadcasts of Black-Eyed Susan Day from Pimlico on May 16.
Hall Of Fame Jockey Challenge
The $50,000 Jockey's Challenge, presented by Xpress Bet, will feature active Hall of Fame riders. The seven jockeys have combined to win more than 44,000 races with earnings of $1.6 billion through March 11.
Gary Stevens (1997 Hall of Fame inductee), Russell Baze (1999), Mike Smith (2003), Kent Desormeaux (2004), Edgar Prado (2008), John Velazquez (2012) and Calvin Borel (2013) will compete in four races with points awarded based upon their finish.
“Throughout the years we have had many formats for the Jockey Challenge and getting the active Hall of Famers is a coup,” Chuckas said. “As an added bonus, Russell Baze, who has more than 50,000 career mounts, has never ridden at Pimlico. That will be fun.”
The jockey with the most points at the end of a four-race competition will be crowned champion. Riding assignments are determined by a drawing Sunday, May 11, and jockeys receive points for finishing first (12 points), second (6), third (4) and fourth (3) in each race. The champion jockey will earn $20,000. Other prize money: $12,000 (second), $8,000 (third), $6,000 (fourth), $2,000 (fifth) and $1,000 (sixth and seventh).
The Ultimate Girls Day Out
Last December, Pimlico announced a new Black-Eyed Susan branding campaign in support of issues important to women year-round: Empowerment 360°.
The 2014 beneficiaries will be the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and Baltimore-based Suited To Succeed.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, was founded by Nancy G. Brinker in 1982 after a promise to her dying sister to do everything in her power to end breast cancer. The mission of Suited to Succeed is to empower Baltimore area women in their efforts to transition from training programs and unemployment to self-sufficiency by providing free professional clothing and workshops.
Pimlico will launch initiatives supporting both charities with a series of events leading up to and including Black-Eyed Susan Day, when there will be:
--Women in Business Networking Gala and Luncheon co-hosted with the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber Of Commerce (BWCC) and welcoming best-selling author and Academy Award nominated actress Mariel Hemingway as the keynote speaker. She will sign her book Running With Nature. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.blackeyedsusanday.com/.
--Pimlico will attempt to break The Guinness Book of World Records for largest Zumba® class, currently at 6,671 participants set in India on September 15, 2012. The event is part of a festival in the infield that will include 100 women-owned businesses/vendors displaying goods promoting health, fitness, wellness, education, career, relationships and family.
Additional endeavors/fundraising efforts include:
--Happy Hours with food and beverage specials at Mount Washington Tavern (April 6, April 27, May 8 from 6-9 p.m.)
--Canter for the Cure where horse enthusiasts will get a chance to ride their own horses around Pimlico’s famous oval (May 10)
--Preakness Concert Series Kickoff Concert at Rams Head Live (May 10)
--Pink Tutu Project (http://www.thetutuproject.com/) offering unique on-site photo opportunities, available for purchase on Black-Eyed Susan Day (May 16)
--Celebrity jockey autograph session before the races (May 16)
--Gator raffle drawing donated by John Deere and NTRA (May 16)
The Lady Legends For the Cure Race
Now in its fifth year, the Lady Legends For the Cure Race™ was the first ever pari-mutuel race showcasing retired female riders.
Mary Russ-Tortora will not be back to defend her title but four of the original riders return: Patti Cooksey, Jennifer Rowland-Small, Barbara Jo Rubin and Cheryl White. Abby Fuller, Andrea Seefeldt-Knight and Stacie Clark-Rogers are also veterans of the event.
Tami Purcell-Burkland is the new shooter. The Texas native is the only female jockey to win the All American Futurity Quarter Horse race.
Edited Maryland Jockey Club release