It became abundantly clear that young Finnegan likes the turf. A 2-year-old making his turf debut, Finnegan opened Saturday's Preakness undercard with a five-length victory.
Trevor McCarthy, who finished second in the first race aboard La Nina, got his first win of the day aboard Fish Whistler, who went off at 7-2 odds.
One of the best local jockeys, McCarthy celebrated his 21st birthday Saturday by holding off 30-1 longshot Photogenic. Hideaway Moon was third.
Make it two wins and a second place in the first three races for McCarthy.
The Graham Motion-trained My Team, with McCarthy aboard, went off at 10-1 odds and paid $27.20 for the win. Handsome Charlie and Relentless Ride, also finished in the money.
Handsome Charlie is trained by locally based Jose Corrales.
Race 4: James W. Murphy Stakes
Woodwin W remained unbeaten (4-0) when he passed Bluegrass Singer at the top of the stretch and took a three-quarter length victory on the grass track.
Force the Pass, the stakes' 2-1 favorite, finished second and All I Karabout finished third.
"My horse usually likes the front, but today we sat off the pace because of the early speed from [Bluegrass Singer] and [Commute]," jockey Jevian Toledo said. "When I asked for run, he took off."
Race 5: Maryland Sprint Handicap
Rosario won his second race of the day when Sandbar took the lead mid-stretch and raced to a three-quarter length victory.
Happy My Way led through much of the race, but Sandbar sped ahead down the stretch. Happy My Way, who finished third, was also overtaken by 12-1 shot Service for Ten.
"Joel did an outstanding job," Sandbar trainer Joe Sharp said. "The horse is very flexible ... We won the dogfight down the lane."
After breaking slow, Hooligan quickly joined the leaders and took a short lead around the first turn and the horse trainied by Ward and ridden by John R. Velazquez never relinquished it.
Billyscrystalball gained on Hooligan down the stretch, but finished second. Nine Sixty finished third.
Race 7: Sir Barton Stakes
Fame and Power – trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and ridden by Martin Garcia – outpaced Bold Conquest (second) and 3-2 favorite Donworth (third) to win the $100,000 race for 3-year-olds.
Fame and Power took an early lead and couldn't be caught.
"This is basically a speed horse ... I told the jock to get out there and make them catch him," Baffert said.
Baffert and Garcia wil team again for the 140th Preakness with Dortmund, who finished third at the Kentucky Derby.
Rosario's third win of the day came aboard Slip By on the 11/16-mile turf track.
Slip by, trained by Michael R. Matz, beat Tru Greek (second) and Battlefront (third) in the $55,000 race.
Race 9: Stella Artois Gallorette Handicap
Watsdachances rallied past Emotional Kitten in the final sixteenth of a mile to win by one length the Stella Artois Gallorette Handicap, for fillies and mares 3-years and older. Emotional Kitten finished second and Sistas Stroll finished third.
Jockey Javier Castellano held Watsdachances back to start, then swung wide down the stretch for her first victory since 2012.
"Usually my horse comes from behind ... She put me in a good spot in the race. I didn't want to be too far back or too close to the pace." Castellano said.
Race 10: Chick Lang Stakes
Holy Boss took the lead in the final eighth of a mile, outrunning pacesetter and second-place finished Victory Is Sweet. Gimme Da Lute, a 9-5 favorite, finished third.
"I had a good break and was in good position going into the turn," jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. said. "I knew that [Victory is Sweet] was pretty quick so we just sat behind waiting to make a move."
Race 11: The Very One Stakes
Ageless took the five-furlong race for fillies and mares 3 years or older, beating Joya Real (second) and third-place finishers Shrinking Violet and Aquinnah.
Ageless was ridden by Julien R. Leparoux and is trained by Arnaud Delacour.
Race 12: Longines Dixie Stakes
In the final race before the 140th Preakness, Ironicus bested Cage Fighter (second) and Up With the Birds (third). The win was jockey Castellano's second of the day.
"This race is set up perfectly for us," he said. "He likes a little harder track and with today's fast pace, it was exactly what we needed."