Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) today announced the selection of Japan as
the Host Nation of the 2013 International Pavilion at the Preakness
Stakes. With this designation, the Embassy of Japan and Ambassador
Kenichiro Sasae will serve as Honorary Hosts welcoming distinguished
guests and dignitaries to historic Pimlico Race Course for the annual
running of the Preakness Stakes.
just three years, the International Pavilion has become the premier
destination at Pimlico on Preakness Day and we are delighted to partner
with the Embassy of Japan and Ambassador Sasae in bringing the
international community to the annual running of the Preakness,” said
Tom Chuckas, Maryland Jockey Club president.
on the success of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 International Pavilions,
hosted respectively by the Embassy of Spain and Ambassador Dezcallar,
Embassy of Mexico and Ambassador Sarukhan and Embassy of Denmark and
Ambassador Taksoe-Jensen, the 2013 International Pavilion will showcase
the cultural richness, traditions and cuisine of Japan in a setting
truly fitting for the “Sport of Kings”.
am proud and excited about this opportunity for Japan to showcase our
country, our culture and our business strengths at this year’s Preakness
Stakes. Japan has a very long and distinguished tradition in
Thoroughbred racing and we are honored to be a part of such a historic
piece of the American sports fabric,” stated Ambassador Sasae.