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This year’s Kentucky Derby was like no other because the weather refused to cooperate. Usually the weather prevails during the Derby and the sun can make a brief appearance after the call to the post.  This year, the heavens opened up and it poured rain. It was not just a sprinkle, nor was it a shower. It didn’t mist or drizzle. It out and out poured rain and drenched everything.

The 143rd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore is the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the people’s race and the people’s party.

Given the acreage they require, their seasonal existence and the unique cultural ecosystem of people who live and work on the backstretch, horse racetracks tend to function as cities unto themselves.

During Triple Crown telecasts, cameras capture regally dressed spectators, meticulous grounds keeping and, of course, the innate beauty of the Thoroughbreds set to duel on the dirt. What might be happening outside the walls of these enormous facilities is largely left to the imagination, other than a cursory glimpse at clichéd regional pastimes or well-known edifices.

Heading to Baltimore for the 143rdPreakness Stakes, one might be surprised that this foody city has a lot more to offer than blue crabs and Old Bay! Baltimore is broken up by different areas surrounding the Inner Harbor (think of a horseshoe of buildings around water). The hippest places you want to check out are Federal Hill, Fells Point, Hampden and Canton.

The weather didn’t cooperate, but scores of stylish fans displayed their best fashion sense regardless at the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, showing off their own personal taste in horse racing couture. Enjoy this slideshow from the team at Eclipse Sportswire.

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