Baltimore, 03-21-11---The Maryland Jockey Club announced today the selection of Mexico as the Host Nation of the 2011 International Pavilion at the Preakness Stakes. With this designation, the Embassy of Mexico and Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan will serve as Honorary Hosts welcoming distinguished guests and dignitaries from Washington D.C.’s diplomatic and international business communities to historic Pimlico Race Course for the annual running of the Preakness® Stakes. The Preakness will take place on Saturday, May 21.

“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.

Building on the success of the inaugural International Pavilion, hosted by the Embassy of Spain and Ambassador Jorge Dezcallar, the 2011 International Pavilion will showcase the cultural richness, vast traditions and delicacies of Mexico in a setting truly fitting for the “Sport of Kings”.

“Mexico is honored to host the 2011 International Pavilion at the Preakness Stakes Race. 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 Martín García rode Lookin' At Lucky, to take the middle jewel of the Triple Crown,” said Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan.

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. As such, the chosen embassy is accorded the opportunity to promote its culture, cuisine, and business in a relaxed environment that encourages cooperation and conviviality.