The biggest sports day in Maryland, the middle jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown, Baltimore’s grandest party — call it what you will, but by any name, the Preakness is a day for Baltimore to shine, for Baltimoreans to enjoy themselves and be proud of their city, and for a bunch of 3-year-old horses to see who can run the fastest around a 9.5-furlong oval track. Those who want to get an early start on the celebrating (or maybe miss out on the massive crowds) should check out May 17’s Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, a race for 3-year-old fillies that’s not quite as glamorous, but can be just as much fun (post time should be around 4:30 p.m.). Tickets are $40-$385. Tickets for May 18’s Preakness Stakes (post time should be around 6:30 p.m.) will run you $40-$720; tickets for the accompanying wild good time that is Infieldfest, with food, drink and music performances from Kygo, Logic, Diplo, Juice Wrld, Fisher and Frank Walker, are $89-$199; gates open at 9 a.m. Admission to both the Black-Eyed Susan and the Preakness is available for $220-$385. True, the future of the Preakness here in Baltimore may be in doubt, but it’s on for this year, so let’s party! Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave. preakness.com.