Joel and I were supposed to spend today at Pimlico, but because we’re us, we changed our minds about going half a dozen times and only ended up deciding to go half an hour before the big race. We made it in time to place our bets and watch the Preakness run. Joel brought his camera and took some amazing photos.

The finish line

Shackleford, the winning horse. His jockey was the happiest looking man I’ve ever seen.

Shackleford looked pretty happy too.

As soon as the race is over, the horse and jockey on the weather vane are repainted to match the winning horse and the jockey’s silks. I love traditions like that.

There were many, many ladies in hats at the race. Not all of them had pink hair.

We stayed for the final race. It was a turf race, meaning it was run on grass.

Joel bet on this horse and won!

After the races we stopped by a party for the owners and I had the best crab cake I’ve ever eaten in my whole life. I also got to pet some of the horses, which was the best part of the whole day.