2016 Alibi Breakfast

 

       It started with a cup of coffee. In the late 1930's on the porch of the historic Pimlico Clubhouse, a group of trainers, owners and greater and lesser dignitaries would gather in the mornings to expound upon the merits of their horses.

     The group would meet at the first training period starting at 6:00 a.m. and disperse when training ended at 10:00 a.m. Notable trainers such as Yancey Christmas and Horatio Luro would swap information with other gentlemen in the morning, offering no alibis, but telling some of the best racing stories to ever reach print. The veracity of some of these tales, however, was questionable. Conflicting information as to the condition of the horse, jockey, track and even trainer were combined into tales of half-truth and half-fiction.

     Today's Alibi Breakfast is a descendant of the original gathering at the Old Clubhouse. Named in the 1940's by publicity director David Woods, today's Alibi Breakfast features a gathering of media, owners, trainers, jockeys and horsemen to celebrate Preakness and solicit interesting race predictions. The Alibi Breakfast has also become an opportunity for the Maryland Jockey Club to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the racing industry. The Old Hilltop Award, Special Award of Merit, David R. Woods Memorial Award, Jerry Frutkoff Preakness Photo Award, sponsored by Nikon, and Honorary Postmaster are presented each year to deserving recipients at the site of this honored tradition.

 

SPECIAL AWARD OF MERIT 1989 to present

DAVID F. WOODS MEMORIAL AWARD 1982 to present

OLD HILLTOP AWARD 1976 to present

JERRY FRUTKOFF PREAKNESS PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
sponsored by NIKON 2002 to present

HONORARY POSTMASTER 1996 to present