While the Preakness Stakes (G1) 2019 squad did not lack any of the top four horses to reach the Kentucky Derby Thread Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), the riders were very interested in the Baltimore Classic.
Perhaps the debate that followed the disqualification of Maximum security of the victory in the Derby has brought more interest to the Preakness on May 18 to Pimlico Race Course While the bettors appeared strong, they bet a record of $ 99,852,653 on the 14-race card, up 2.8% from the record set in 2017 of $ 97,168,658 (also a card from 14 races).
Attendance on the trail decreased 2.4% this year to 131,256.
"The 144th Preakness Stakes exceeded our expectations with the riders and fans who came to celebrate this great tradition of Maryland," said Stronach President and President Belinda Stronach. "It's an unforgettable day of entertainment when you pair the best artists in the world with the best thoroughbred horses and jockeys at one of the most famous sports events. The Preakness is incomparable.
According to the Maryland Jockey Club, the Preakness Day record follows a Black-Eyed Susan Day record on March 17 at Pimlico. The total grip of Friday's 14 race card was $ 22,281,300, up 12% from the previous record – $ 19,895 million in 2017 -.
The number of participants was 51,573, exceeding the 2017 record of 50,339.
"Thanks to our riders, talented riders and fans for this exceptional day of Black-Eyed Susan.With its record and attendance record, it's an incredible way to launch the Preakness weekend," said Tim Ritvo , CEO of The Stronach Group. "Our team has worked tirelessly to deliver an incredible entertainment experience."