When last we visited MarlinLand, we maintained the upbeat attitude that haunts nearly every baseball fan at the beginning of the season. Even Cubs and Red Sox fans will rant on and on about the team's prospects at the beginning of the year, though any sane person knows those teams are doomed to failure. Rumor has begun to circulate that they have been hexed by voodoo priests. And yet, inexplicably, both Chicago and Boston are near the tops of their divisions. Florida is near the bottom. Still, the Marlins just need to snap a losing streak. See them attempt to break out when they take on the St. Louis Cardinals in a three-game series beginning Friday at Pro Player Stadium (2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami) at 7:35 p.m. Tickets cost $3 to $60. Call 305-626-7328. -- Dan Sweeney
Jets 'n' Trucks 'n' Yeehaw
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Moroso Motorsports Park (17047 Beeline Hwy., Palm Beach Gardens) offers racing fans more of what they want this weekend. Sure, it's a stereotype that NASCAR fans are truck-drivin,' beer-swillin' rednecks, but have you been to the Daytona 500? If so, you'll know that label exists for a reason. So it makes sense to show these folks their own vehicles in competition, and that's what makes truck racing such a viable entry into the world of motor sports. The Pepsi Jet & Truck Nationals begin Friday and continue throughout the weekend, from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $135. Call 561-622-1400. -- Dan Sweeney
The Race Is On
Gulfstream's down; Calder's up
You may think horseracing means old men who smoke cigars and keep a close eye on horses to see which one limps before the race. Or, particularly if you've been to Gulfstream on weekends over the past several years, it means seeing your favorite bands of the past playing before their first five-digit crowd in years and blowing your two-dollar betting voucher on some long odds. In either case, you'd be right. But the magic and majesty of horseracing leaves us this week for another season as Gulfstream Park (901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000) ends another successful season. April 24 is the final day of racing at Gulfstream. But have no fear, racing fans! Certainly not by coincidence, April 25 is also opening day at Calder Race Course (21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami, 305-625-1311). The fun never stops, and neither do the horses. -- Dan Sweeney