Maybe it may take decades but the owner of Sagamore Farm is determined to raise a Triple Crown winner. But owner Kevin Plank (CEO of UnderArmour) is willing to wait. He kick-started his efforts at a legendary 560-acre farm in northwest Baltimore County that was once the home of Native Dancer, winner of the 1953 Preakness Stakes and 21 other races in his career, and other Hall of Fame thoroughbreds. Sagamore Farms was a gift to Alfred G. Vanderbilt, Jr., from his mother. He determined to make the farm a horse racing powerhouse — and he succeeded.
In the week before the Preakness I had an opportunity to tour the farm and pat the handsome and gentle giants who may one day cross the finish line in record time. I felt special. I mean how many people get this opportunity??
It turns out anybody can.
Sagamore Farms offers a Three Diamond Club for horse lovers, racing fans and, well, anybody. There are Saturday tours, a speaker’s series, watch parties and happy hours (although these last two occur at area restaurants and bars.)
Sagamore Farm is set in a beautiful spot in Baltimore County, rolling hills and woodlands, fresh and green. And in spring, awash in pollen. A beautiful spot as we await the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday. And a place I want to visit again. Take a look…. And may your favorite horse win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
© Text and photos Mary K. Tilghman