We're just over a week away from The Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, and while it's always exciting for the winning horse from the derby to arrive, there's a lot more going on behind the scenes.
Horse fans love to see the jockeys and the thoroughbreds... hoping their pick comes in first. But, did you know a band of brothers is responsible for making sure it all happens?
A team of 12 people with 20 years of experience work to keep the starting gate safe for the horses and the people involved. Not only are they there on race day, but they are there every other day, going to school with the horses.
"It starts early in the morning. It's called gate schooling -- where we have horses that have never seen a starting gate," says assistant starter Kevin Dzbynski.
They get to know the horses, the personalities and lean to understand exactly how to get them to come around to the race's way of thinking.