Wes Moore looked great in a classic cap with a Maryland flag ribbon on the brim. Shelonda, CEO of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, stunned in an off-the shoulder black dress and a black fascinator resembling a saucer. Gayle King, CBS News host and Oprah Winfrey's best friend, wore a Macrame dress in orange.
The 148th Preakness Stakes was a day of racing, betting, and drinking for many, but it was impossible to ignore the celebrities, the style, and the sponsors in the chalets, grandstands, and on the "red-carpet." The surprisingly sunny and warm day attracted glitterati of all kinds -- NFL, NBA and MLB stars, and even Broadway performers. They mingled with Gov. Wes Moore and Mayor Brandon Scott were joined by former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, and executives from the racing industry.
John Harbaugh, the Baltimore Ravens' head coach, was joined by other Ravens players on the red carpet. Sam Howell, the Washington Commanders' Quarterback, also traveled up Interstate 95 to Baltimore for this event.
Rudy Gay grew up in Baltimore playing basketball and was able to watch the race in an infield chalet. The 2023 Preakness was the first Preakness race for former top 10 NBA Draft pick and current Utah Jazz players, Rudy Gay. He said that he never saw himself playing at Preakness as a child.
Gay stated that the event was intended for wealthy people to come in on their horses and spend money before leaving.
Gay is one of many celebrities who have Maryland roots and returned to their hometown to watch horse racing. Preakness tried to bring in more people than the usual celebrity crowd to its annual horse race.
Monica Giavanna, head coach of the L.A. Clippers' cheerleading squad, was brought back to childhood memories by this event. Her father was a jockey and used to ride in the Preakness. Giavanna grew up watching the race and decided to go as a spectator.
The red carpet was also graced by Myles Frost, Tony Award winner and musical star Myles Ripken Jr. as well as Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conductor Jonathon Hiward.
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