Rain forced racing officials to move turf races to the main track on 11 live racing days, significantly reducing field size.
Attendance was up nearly 10% at Pimlico as the Preakness day crowd increased from 95,760 to 107,398. Performances by Grammy Award winners Train and Bruno Mars in the infield and a 14-horse field for the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown contributed to a festive event.
“It is a positive outcome that the inventive strategies we have employed worked on Preakness day,” added Chuckas. “Finding a way to get the folks who come out on the third Saturday in May to come back this fall is a major focus as we move forward to build our business.”
Live racing will return to the major Maryland tracks on Saturday, September 10 at Laurel Park for the fall meeting, which follows a two weekend stand at the Timonium State Fair.