140th Preakness Stakes

Saturday, May 16

8 a.m.-6 p.m., Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave., (410) 542-9400, preakness.com, $34-$700.

To many, the Preakness represents American greatness, athleticism, and spectacle. To everyone else, it’s a time to appreciate the always-entertaining grab-bagged horse names. Racing this year we have, of course, Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah, as well as Danzig Moon, Divining Rod, and Mr. Z among others. If we didn’t know better, we’d guess these were the characters of an amazing sci-fi B-movie rock opera.

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