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Maryland's one day of racing

Updated: May 18, 2011, 10:12 PM ET
By Claire Novak | Special to ESPN.com

BALTIMORE, MD -- There are 146 racing dates in Maryland this year. Only one of them matters.

On Saturday, the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes takes place at Pimlico Race Course. And on Preakness Day, Pimlico comes alive.

For one week, however, freshly planted flowers and bold sponsorship logos on corporate tents will juxtapose sharply against the peeling paint, leaky ceilings and rusted metal.

This old oval off Northern Parkway has long ...

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