Best Bets

May 19, 2006|By PETER BLAIR

BASEBALL

Orioles@Nationals

Where -- RFK Stadium, Washington

When -- Tonight, 7:05; tomorrow, 7:05 p.m.; Sunday, 1:05 p.m.

What now? -- Plenty of tickets to all three games are still available and may be purchased on the Nationals' Web site. Sunday's game is actually part of a doubleheader - after the major league game, the Single-A Potomac Nationals play the Salem Avalanche in a regular-season contest. Stick around for a few innings of the second game and avoid the traffic on the parkway.

Online -- www.nationals.com

Horse Racing

Preakness

Where -- Pimlico Race Course

When -- Tomorrow, gates open at 8 a.m., first race at 10:30 a.m., Preakness post at approximately 6:14 p.m.

What now? -- With only nine horses going to post, your chances of picking the winner are pretty good. But with Barbaro at even odds on the morning line, you might not win enough to fill up your gas tank. Tickets, which start at $20 for standing room, are still available and can be purchased by calling 410-542-9400 (x300) or visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

Online -- www.preakness.com

Auto Racing

Richard "Boney" Bonebrake Tribute

Where -- Hagerstown Speedway

When -- Tomorrow, 7 p.m.

What now? -- Maryland's forgotten horsepower event this weekend would be a quiet alternative to the Preakness, except that nothing about racecars is quiet. Adult tickets range from $12 to $20, and children under 12 are free. Call 301-582-0640 for information.

Online -- www.hagerstownspeedway.com

College Lacrosse

NCAA men's quarterfinals

Where -- Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson University

When -- Sunday, noon and 3 p.m.

What now? -- Maryland plays Princeton in the early game, and Virginia faces Georgetown in the later matchup. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for those 17 and under. For tickets, call 410-704-2244.

Online -- www.towsontigers.com

Compiled by Peter Blair

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