The Maryland Jockey Club has chosen Mexico as the host nation of the 2011 International Pavilion at the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 21. The Mexican embassy and Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan will serve as honorary hosts welcoming guests and dignitaries from Washington, D.C.’s diplomatic and international business communities to Pimlico for the Preakness.
“In just one year, the International Pavilion has become the premier destination at Pimlico on Preakness Day, and we are delighted to partner with the embassy of Mexico and Ambassador Sarukhan in bringing the international community to the annual running of the Preakness,” stated Tom Chuckas, president of the Maryland Jockey Club.
The 2011 International Pavilion will showcase the cultural richness, vast traditions, and delicacies of Mexico.
“Mexico is honored to host the 2011 International Pavilion at the Preakness,” Sarukhan said in a statement. “The Preakness represents a great opportunity to showcase Mexico’s traditions, rich past, and contemporary cutting-edge culture, as well as to acknowledge the hard work and contributions of thousands of Mexicans involved in horse racing and the backstretch throughout the United States. I find it only fitting given that it was just at last year's Preakness that Mexican-born Martin Garcia rode Lookin At Lucky to take the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.”
The International Pavilion is an “invitation only” hospitality destination catering to ambassadors, heads of international organizations, and prominent business leaders. Each year a different country is selected to serve as the host nation of the International Pavilion, with its respective ambassador serving as honorary host.