Maryland Jockey Club announces attendance record for Preakness

May 21, 2017 | WNST Staff


BALTIMORE – The Maryland Jockey Club announced that Saturday’s 142nd Preakness Stakes (G1) broke all handle and attendance records at Pimlico Race Course.

Attendance for the Preakness, won by Cloud Computing was 140,327, breaking last year’s record of 135,256.

Total handle on Pimlico’s 14-race program was $97,168,658, an increase of three percent over the previous record of $94,127,434 and a 14-percent increase over 2015 wagering.

The Maryland Jockey Club also announced that in-state handle was up 7.1 percent from last year and 10.4 percent from 2015.

“From morning into evening, we witnessed an incredible day of world-class racing and eclectic entertainment,” said Sal Sinatra, President of the Maryland Jockey Club. “The sport of Thoroughbred racing is being rejuvenated and reimagined by the Stronach family. Their commitment to this sport is remarkable and unparalleled. Their vision is being embraced by horsemen and fans around the country.

“We want to thank the fans who came to Pimlico Saturday as well as the horsemen who supported our program this weekend. And, of course, the incredible equine athletes for their spirit and beauty.”