The 142nd annual running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) may not have been successful for Always Dreaming, dashing his hopes at becoming a Triple Crown winner, but it was a very successful event for the Pimlico Race Course. The Maryland Jockey Club announced that the Preakness Stakes shattered all attendance and handle records at Pimlico.
140,327 were on hand at Pimlico to watch Cloud Computing win this year’s Preakness Stakes. The previous record was achieved last year, when 135,256 were in attendance.
As for the handle, the 14-race program at this year’s Preakness brought in $97,168,658. Which was a three percent increase over last year’s $94,127,434, which was the previous record. It was also 14 percent more than the handle from the 2015 Preakness. The Maryland Jockey Club also announced that in-state handle increased by 7.1 percent over last year and and was 10.4 percent more than the 2015 total.
“From morning into evening, we witnessed an incredible day of world-class racing and eclectic entertainment,” said Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra. “The sport of Thoroughbred racing is being rejuvenated and reimagined by the Stronach family (of track owner The Stronach Group). 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.”