Preakness Youth Art Contest Winner; Preakness Probable Up To 10

May 05, 2013 | Gary Quill

It’s difficult to determine exactly when “Preakness Week” starts. If you use the traditional method (a calendar), “week” starts on Sunday. Webster’s Dictionary defines it as, “any of a series of 7-day cycles used in various calendars”. So there you have it, by definition, Preakness Week cannot officially start until Sunday, May 12th which 7 days from then is when the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes gets run.

Even though it is not yet Preakness Week , that doesn’t mean activities and festivities have not begun.

Lashé Speight, a seventh grader at Cross Country Elementary/Middle School, was announced as the grand prize winner of the 14th annual Preakness Portraits Youth Art Contest. Speight also captured top honors last year and becomes the first repeat Jewel winner in the history of the contest.

Youth Art Contest winner

Students from eight Baltimore City area schools, grades K through 12, were invited to create artwork showing the significance of the Preakness to Maryland history, while capturing the spirit of thoroughbred racing. The artwork had to include Preakness related images.

As the winner of “The Jewel”, the best artwork for grades 5 through 12, Speight receives box seating for four at the Preakness, framed artwork autographed by this year’s Preakness winners, a $250 gift certificate and a presentation ceremony at the winner’s luncheon this afternoon.

“The Junior Jewel”, the best artwork for grades K through 4, went to Maiya Mone’t Hall, a fourth grader from Cross Country Elementary School.

Students from the Pimlico and surrounding area schools participated in the youth art contest.All the artwork is on display at Pimlico Race Course in the first floor grandstand through Preakness day.

To get all the Preakness news I’ll report concerning the Preakness horses, trainers, jockeys and/or any other “doings” at Pimlico worth reporting leading up to Preakness Day on Saturday, May 18th click here to see which 10 3-year-olds are “probable” to run in the Preakness Stakes. Rest assured that my infamous Pimlico race day selections will still be found right here.