Bev Strauss named Preakness honorary postmaster

Beverly Strauss, co-founder and executive director of Chesapeake City, Md.-based MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, has been named Honorary Postmaster for Preakness 149.

A licensed Thoroughbred trainer with more than 50 years of experience around horses, Strauss will be recognized during the Alibi Breakfast Thursday, May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.

In addition to training, Strauss has worked with horses in numerous disciplines including eventing, racing, foxhunting, showing and providing lessons. A Graduate A of the U.S. Pony Club, she helped launch MAHR in 2002 with the goal of helping find and transition former racehorses to new homes.

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MAHR began by saving three horses and has grown to rescue more than 2,600 horses since its inception, earning full accreditation from the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and national recognition. A federal 501(c)3 non-profit organization, MAHR buys ex-racehorses bound for slaughter and, after quarantine and careful evaluation, adopts them into good homes as pleasure and sport horses.

The Alibi Breakfast began in the 1930s on the porch of the old Pimlico Clubhouse and features a gathering of media, owners, trainers, jockeys, horsemen and fans to celebrate the Preakness while gaining interesting and humorous race predictions.

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In 1996, the United States Postal Service opened a temporary Preakness station at Pimlico the week of the Preakness. Located on Pimlico’s first-floor grandstand, it allows fans to have a special Preakness cancellation applied on any item to which first-class postage is affixed.

Past Honorary Postmasters have included Hall of Fame horsemen D. Wayne Lukas, Bob Baffert, Nick Zito, Bud Delp and Edgar Prado; racing champions Cigar, Ben’s Cat and Knicks Go, and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.