Scenes from the 2018 Preakness Stakes


Members of the TAA team attended the 2018 Black-Eyed Susan Day and Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. TAA inspections coordinator Suzie Picou-Oldham captured some great moments. Here are a few:

TAA team and Georgeanne Hale
From left to right: TAA operations consultant Stacie Clark Rogers, Maryland Jockey Club director of racing Georganne Hale, TAA inspections coordinator Suzie Oldham, and TAA marketing and communications manager Erin Shea.


TAA saddle towel
MJC outriders were ready to go on a muddy Black-Eyed Susan Day with their MJC/TAA-branded saddle towels.

Above is Kaymarie Kreidel, head outrider for MJC, and her mount Witch Hunter, an off-track Thoroughbred by Ghostzapper.


Jessica Hammond awards BTOH to Luis Barajas-Solorio w In Jail

On Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan Day, the TAA awarded the Best Turned Out Horse Award sponsored by StarLadies Racing to the grooms of the best turned out horse for all 14 races on the card. Click here to read more about the award.

Above, guest judge Jessica Hammond, of Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Beyond the Wire, presents Luis Barajas-Solorio the award for preparing In Jail for the day’s third race.


bev strauss awards BTOH to william jones jr
Bev Strauss, of TAA-accredited MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, presents the award to William Jones Jr. who prepared Brockadoodle for the day’s eighth race.


chloe ras and jackie from after the races and mark brown
Chloe and Jackie from TAA-accredited After the Races present the Best Turned Out Horse award to Mark Brown with Eclipse Thoroughbred’s Anne Dupree, runner up in the fourth race.


dan t with brianne lynnae luchau
Dan Tordjman, of Equestricon and America’s Best Racing, presents the award for race 13 to Brianne Lynnae Luchau, the groom of stakes winner Power of Snunner.


erin anastasia with patricia sepulveda
TAA representatives Erin Shea and Anastasia Vialov present the award for the 11th race to Patricia Sepulveda (center), groom of Stakes on a Plane.

Click here to view the Facebook album from the TAA Best Turned Out Horse Awards presented by StarLadies Racing.

Ellen Skidmore Girls Galleria BESD 2018

The TAA shared a table in the Girls Galleria on Black-Eyed Susan Day with Ellen Skidmore.

TAA table at Girls Galleria BESD 2018

A Baltimore “Hon” poses with the TAA table in Girls Galleria.


TAA table at Girls Galleria BESD 2018
Jockey goggles signed by Mike Smith were a big hit in the Girls Galleria!


TAA saddle towel TAA race presented by Omega Alpha 2018 pimlico
Horses head to post for the sixth race on the Black-Eyed Susan Day card, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance presented by Omega Alpha.


TAA omega alpha presentation to
TAA representatives presented an Omega Alpha-branded Horseware blanket to the connections of winner, In Arrears. Ridden by Feargal Lynch, Narrow Leaf Farm’s Scipion gelding won the five-furlong dirt sprint by 1 3/4 lengths.

Thanks to our blanket sponsor Horseware and to Omega Alpha for presenting the TAA with a $5,000 check.


preakness stands

On Saturday, approximately 140,000 people made their way to Pimlico Race Course to watch the 143rd running of the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.


LARC taa jacket for 2018 sir barton stakes
One race before the Preakness Stakes (G1) was the Latin American Racing Channel Sir Barton Stakes to benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

Ax Man_LARC_Sir Barton
In the 1 1/16-mile dirt test on a sloppy sealed track, odds-on favorite Ax Man and Mike Smith pulled away for a 6 3/4-length win. The Misremembered colt is owned by Patti and Hal Earnhardt and is trained by Bob Baffert.


TAA LARC sir barton presentation
TAA and LARC representatives present the winning connections of the Sir Barton Stakes with a trophy and a Horseware blanket.


fog before the 2018 preakness
The fog rolled in just before the big race.

Justify and Mike Smith head to post for preakness
Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Justify heads to post as the favorite with jockey Mike Smith up.


justify preakness 2018
Remaining undefeated in five career starts, Justify was pressed by 2017 juvenile champion Good Magic throughout the early stages and then held on despite a late charge from Bravazo to win by a half-length in the Preakness. The Scat Daddy colt is owned by China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and WinStar Farm, and is trained by Bob Baffert.

After the Preakness, Bob and Jill Baffert made a very generous donation to the TAA. The TAA thanks the Bafferts for supporting accredited Thoroughbred aftercare and wishes Justify and connections best of luck in the Belmont Stakes!