RACE AT A GLANCE: Ten brown horses chase each other for mile and 3/16ths in middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown before massive Woodstock-like traffic jam paralyzes northwest Baltimore.
TODAY'S PROFILE: Strike the Gold. Incredibly lucky 4-to-1 showon Kentucky Derby when rest of field succumbed to rare form of equine narcolepsy and dozed off in home stretch. Trainer Nick Zito banking heavily on solar eclipse during Preakness, with his horse lone entry wearing night-vision goggles.
HOW THOROUGHBRED HORSES ARE NAMED: First thought that pops into owner's head, often while being restrained by ward attendants.
INFIELD ETIQUETTE: It is considered bad form to start on your second six-pack of Bud tall boys before 8 a.m. And what's with this ridiculous infield ban on queen-sized beds?
HEARD AROUND THE BARNS: Long shot Honor Grades gave pony rides to children at recent Towsontowne Spring Festival, although youngsters complained bitterly of 50-cent fee because "horse went too slow."
THIS DATE IN PREAKNESS HISTORY: Highly regarded colTrigger nipped Silver in 1952 Preakness grudge match, igniting long-simmering feud between Roy Rogers and Lone Ranger.
Michelob Nights. Water Street taverns. 5:30 p.m. to midnight. Outdoor block party featuring dancing and live entertainment. 837-3030. Free with Preakness pin.
* Spring Juried Exhibition. Gallery on the Circle, Annapolis. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (301) 268-4566. Free.
* Official Preakness Celebration Pie Bakeoff. Harborplace
amphitheater. Noon. 332-4191. Free.
* Preakness Celebration Block Party. Prince George's Equestrian Center, Upper Marlboro. 4 p.m. Rain date: May 15. (301)952-4740. Free.
* It's Horsing Around Lunchtime. W. Brokke's, Light Street Pavilion, Inner Harbor. Noon to 3 p.m. WCAO's Brenda Bisset broadcasts live with celebrity interviews. (301) 332-4191. Free.
A day at Pimlico. Post time: 1 p.m. 542-9400. Free admission with Preakness pin.