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Record Attendance at Pimlico For 138th Preakness Stakes

117,203 people packed Pimlico Race Course on May 18, making the 138th Preakness host to the fourth largest crowd ever to attend the second leg of the Triple Crown. The 13-race card generated an all-sources handle of $81,940,233. The total ranked as the sixth best for Pimlico’s signature day.

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas made history at Pimlico when he saddled Oxbow for a front-running upset victory. The 15-1 long shot gave his 77-year-old trainer his sixth Preakness victory, as well as his 14th triumph in a Triple Crown event. Overlooked by the bettors, who made Kentucky Derby winner Orb their 3-5 favorite in the field of nine 3-year-olds, Oxbow was in control throughout the 1 3/16-mile Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown on his way to victory by 1 ¾ lengths under Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens.

“It was a fantastic day to cap what was a wonderful weekend of racing and entertainment,” Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas said. “I challenged my team to match last year’s record-setting afternoon and they answered the call. The initial feedback on the concerts is positive and the racing office put together a quality card from bottom to top.”

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