Saturday's 142nd GI Preakness S. set a new high bar for both attendance and handle at Pimlico Race Course, the Maryland Jockey Club announced late Saturday. The crowd of 140,327 on hand to see Cloud Computing (Maclean's Music) capture the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown broke last year's record of 135,256. Likewise, total handle on the 14-race program was $97,168,658, an increase of 3% over the previous record of $94,127,434 and a 14% increase over 2015 wagering.
The Maryland Jockey Club also announced that in-state handle was up 7.1% from last year and 10.4% 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.”