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After hosting several Preakness Stakes watch parties paired with homemade guacamole and margaritas, my husband and I decided to trade them for the in-person experience, crab cakes and Black-Eyed Susans. We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Pimlico and our 48 hours in Baltimore. Here are seven takeaways from our trip.

The Fair Hill Races are this Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, and the event is sure to have something for everyone. Read on for five reasons you need to attend!

1. Celebrate the history! This year marks 85 years for the Fair Hill Races, and the Cecil County Breeders’ Fair added Friday racing. This is a unique weekend featuring different styles of racing, tailgating, pari-mutuel wagering (on Saturday), family activities, and gala to celebrate the anniversary on Friday night.

I went down to Old Hilltop this year because I was worried this might be the last Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. We know now that it is not. It has been given a one-year reprieve. But it is a near certainty that the race will be moved 25 miles to Laurel Park as early as 2021.

The  Preakess Stakes serves up the best of Baltimore with the middle jewel of the Triple Crown anchoring a terrific racing card and InfieldFest providing the musical entertainment to a crowd that regularly exceeds 100,000 at historic Pimlico Race Course.

If you’re heading to the Big Apple for the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets on June 8, ABR’s resident New Yorkers have some restaurant recommendations for you.

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