The People Behind Preakness, continued...

she stated. In the Stakes Barn, Martin’s prima- ry job is to take care of the horsemen, helping them get around, order supplies, and the like. “We set up a breakfast every day and on T urs- day we take the grooms out for dinner,” she said. “T ey are often stuck with the horses all day so it is nice to do something just for them!” T ere is a crab feast on Friday and then a post- Preakness cocktail party after the big race. On Preakness morning, Mar- tin hands out bibs, jackets, hats and other logo wear to those with Preakness horses.

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horsemen are very appreciative of what we all do for them. T ey often tell others that Maryland does it right!” she added.

Stan Salter

On-Air Racing Analyst Today, Stan Salter is best known for his own Maryland Horse Racing radio show, but during Preakness, he is the On-Air Racing Analyst giving reports all week on both radio and television shows. Stan grew up in the sport right here in Maryland as his father was a race- horse trainer and his mother a show rider and barn manager. “I grew up on a few diff erent

“Real Quiet winning in 1998 will always stand out for me since it was my fi rst time cov- ering the Preakness.” - Stan Salter, on-air racing analyst

farms here in Maryland and showed a lot in the hunter ring as a teenager,” he said. At 16 years old, Stan won the Junior Medal Finals for the Howard County Horse Shows Association. While as a teen, he also started galloping horses for his father. He rode back on the woods track at the Bowie Training Center when he was 14 and then at 16, got his license. He showed in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association for


University while still being involved with the Maryland racing industry. In the spring of 1998, Stan took his fi rst radio classes and covered his fi rst Preak- ness for a local Towson sta- tion. T e following year he got an internship with WMSG of Baltimore, which lasted until 2004. Stan’s radio career began to blossom as he moved around to diff er- ent stations and in the early 2000s he hosted a weekly show that featured breed-

ing and racing farms. All the while, he was still galloping racehorses for trainers like Jonathan Shepard and Nick Zito. In December of 2004, Maryland Horse Radio

was born. Stan offi cially began working for the Maryland Jockey Club in 2008 as a racing of- fi cial and then, in 2015, started broadcasting a morning television show. Stan describes Preak- ness mode as a “real fast pace with everyone rising up to the occasion,” adding, “It takes a lot of preparation to put on the Preakness and lots of pride to produce such a great race meet.” Stan went on to say, “Hosting the Preakness is like having a Super Bowl in your backyard each year.”

On Preakness Day, Stan arrives at Pimlico

by 4 a.m. “and even then I feel like I’m run- ning late!” T e fi rst broadcast from the Stakes Barn begins at 6 a.m. and runs until 9 a.m. “T e whole show is live with us talking with trainers and owners and racing offi cials. Live interviews are always better,” he explained. Right after the morning show, the simulcasting show begins by going on the air by 9:30 a.m. with the fi rst race typically having a 10:45 a.m. post time. From there, Stan is on television all day reporting on each race. After the Preakness concludes, there is a party at the Stakes Barn, meaning Preak- ness becomes close to, if not more than, a 24- hour work day. But it is certainly worth it as Stan has many

Preakness memories to share. “Real Quiet win- ning in 1998 will always stand out for me since it was my fi rst time covering the Preakness.


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