BOWIE, Md. -- The Baysox will celebrate Bowie's illustrious horse racing history during A Night at the Races Saturday, May 25 at Prince George's Stadium, during a game against the Trenton Thunder at 6:35 p.m.
The city of Bowie has a long history of successful studs in terms of both horses - like the first father-son Triple Crown Winners Gallant Fox (1930) and Omaha (1935), and the manliest of men - Bowie Baysox baseball players like Manny Machado and Matt Wieters. The team will pay homage to these and other great Bowie-based competitors both on the track and baseball diamond.
At post time of 6:35pm, the Baysox players and coaches will be outfitted with scarlet 'STUDS' jerseys featuring polka-dotted sleeves, directly modeled after the racing silks of the historic Belair Stud Farm in Bowie. The jerseys worn by the impressive Baysox 'Studs' will be autographed and auctioned off during the game with the proceeds benefitting the Friends of Belair Estate.
Promotions manager Chris Rogers encourages fans to come out in their most ostentatious horse-racing outfit or burliest sleeveless muscle shirt.
"I'm keyed up like a young colt for this game, bucking at the gate in anticipation of all the great things to be featured," he said. "There have only ever been 11 Triple Crown winners, and with two trained right here in Bowie, fans will learn about these and other champions trained in their own backyard. This is much like we expect Baysox players to get their seasoning in Bowie before tasting sweet success with the Orioles."
One week after the completion of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, located just minutes from Bowie, come to Prince George's Stadium and learn about the history of Belair Stud Farm in Bowie. This integral part of horse racing history was the home of two Triple Crown Winners and multiple Horse of the Year, Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes winners.
"After being established in the 1770's, the sale of Belair Stud Farm in 1957 enabled the City of Bowie to develop new neighborhoods and grow into what it is today," Rogers nickered. "We want to make sure this ultra-local piece of history receives the recognition it deserves with this fun night at the ballpark."
The night will also feature horse-racing themed promotions, information from horse groups on the main concourse, a first pitch thrown by 92 year-old local resident Fannie Basim, and the first pre-game Bud Light 1K Beer Run of the season, post time at 5:45. Fans can register for the beer run at www.baysoxshop.com.
"The Beer Run will give up to 100 human fillies, colts, mares, stallions and perhaps even geldings the chance to race their way to glory while covering a distance of roughly 5 furlongs, or half of the 10 furlongs in the Kentucky Derby," Rogers whinnied. "I know that having nattily attired humans watch finely-tuned animals sprint for glory around a dirt track is great, but this will be even better. Friends and family will look on as decent-to-possibly fit humans sip beer and jog, walk, run and possibly sprint for 3 laps around our own very own dirt track."
Baysox Baseball - We'll Knock Your 'Sox Off. The Baysox 2013 season and 20th season of baseball at Prince George's Stadium is underway. Parking is free at every Baysox home game and tickets are available at www.baysox.com, or by calling the Baysox box office at (301) 464-4865.