Day At The Races: Preakness 2011

05/21/11 Shackleford speeds by on his way to win the 136th running of the Preakness at Pimlico racetrack in Baltimore.

[Infield]

[Dixie Stakes won the turf race before the big race - the photographers are waiting for him to enter the Winner's Circle.]

[Shackleford bucks and kicks during the pre-race call to the post.]

[Infield.]

[Beach volleyball in the infield.]

[Bruno Mars plays the infield.]

[Mucho Macho Man in the parade to the post.]

[Rounding the 1st turn in the Preakness.]

[Jockey John Velazquez who rode KY Derby winner Animal Kingdom, explains to reporters after the race how he came in 2nd to Shackleford in the Preakness.]

[Victory lap for Shackleford.]

[Jockey Jesus Castanon celebrates his win.]

[Shackleford in his stall at the Stakes Barn post-race with his wreath of Black-Eyed Susans close by.]

The Front Row

05/20/11 “The Front Row” fashion show at Bethesda Row on Friday night was hosted by Kelly Cutrone from MTV’s “The Hills” and “The City” – two shows I’ve never seen but I must note the more than passing resemblance she bears to fellow reality TV star Ozzy Osborne.

Birthday Boy

05/13/11 Stephen Colbert waves to the hundreds of fans gathered outside the Federal Election Commission in DC Friday afternoon to see him deliver papers relating to the formation of his “Colbert Super Pac” which, his lawyer explained¬† ” . . . will make only independent expenditures, advertisements that expressly advocate the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate and that are not coordinated with any candidate or political party. Colbert Super PAC will also pay usual and normal administrative expenses, including but not limited to, luxury hotel stays, private jet travel, and PAC mementos from Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.”

The assembled crowd also sang “Happy Birthday” to the Comedy Central host who is celebrating his 47th birthday today.