Sparse Crowds as the Preakness Races Toward an Uncertain Future

As always, there was mud.

And men clad in Easter-egg-colored suits.

And women with fascinators affixed to one side of their head. (Lt. Governor Aruna Miller confessed she lost confidence in hers when she was about to be photographed and took it off.)

And, of course, there were horses at the 149th Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown, held on Saturday at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course.