Tickets are now on sale for the fifth annual America’s Best Racing Pre-Preakness Party, to be held May 16, 2018, at the Mt. Washington Tavern in Baltimore. The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, a nonprofit that accredits, inspects, and awards grants to organizations that retrain and rehome retired racehorses, will once again be the beneficiary of all tickets sold and a silent auction at the event. Sagamore Racing, owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, is sponsoring the festivities.
The party was launched by ABR in 2014 and has since become the unofficial Preakness week kickoff event for racing fans. In past years, connections of Preakness Stakes runners, jockeys, and various other personalities have attended the event. This year it will begin immediately following the post-position draw for the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite for $15. The cost of admission includes one drink, light bar snacks, and entry into a drawing for a door prize of two passes to the 2018 Preakness Stakes May 19 at Pimlico Race Course. Attendees will also have an opportunity to support TAA through a silent auction that will feature items from ABR partners Christine A. Moore Millinery, The J. Peterman Company, and the Maryland Jockey Club.
“We are extremely grateful for the sustained support of ABR, Sagamore Racing, and the partners of this event, which has become a staple of Preakness week,” said TAA operations consultant Stacie Clark Rogers. “This is not only a wonderful party and social event, it’s a great opportunity to give back to the horses and the people who care for them once their careers on the track are over.”
Major support for the event is provided by Sagamore Racing, which is owned by Kevin A. Plank, the chairman of the board and CEO of Under Armour. His horse farm in Reisterstown, Md., has previously hosted Preakness week events that provided ABR guests with a behind-the-scenes look at the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry. This is the fourth year in a row that Sagamore is sponsoring the ABR Pre-Preakness Party at the Mt. Washington Tavern.
“Sagamore Racing is extremely excited for the fifth annual Pre-Preakness Party benefiting the TAA,” said Hunter Rankin, president of Sagamore Racing. “ABR does a great job of both engaging existing Thoroughbred racing fans and bringing new fans to the sport. We are proud to support the great work of the TAA and look forward to a fun evening raising funds and awareness for their invaluable efforts.”
Who: Open to all
What: America’s Best Racing 2018 Pre-Preakness Party, sponsored by Sagamore Racing to benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 7 p.m.
Where: Mt. Washington Tavern; 5700 Newbury St., Baltimore, MD 21209
Tickets: $15 cover charge must be purchased in advance. Click here to purchase tickets via Eventbrite.