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Racing ahead with Preakness Blanket

Assembling the winning floral blanket for the winner of the Preakness StakesGiant’s going to the races this weekend. Baltimore, MD, Giant Store #108 is creating the floral blankets that will drape the winners of the 142nd Preakness Stakes and the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes horse races, taking place this weekend in Baltimore. Giant has been creating the winners’ floral blankets for more than 20 years.

The Preakness race, the second leg in the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing events, will be held at the Pimlico Race Course tomorrow, Saturday, May 20. The Black-Eyed Susan Stakes will be held today, Friday.

The blankets are being assembled by Giant’s floral team at the Giant store on York Road in Baltimore on Thursday and Friday this week. The floral specialists are incorporating more than 4,000 fresh-cut flowers into the blankets which will crown the race winners.

The Preakness Stakes is the second leg in the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing series and is one of Maryland’s most popular traditions.

Check out the promotional video above of the Giant team creating previous year’s blankets.