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Officials reported record attendance at the Preakness on Saturday. That’s a shock given the rainy conditions, but the Preakness attracts die-hard fans.  Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these revellers from their appointed rounds. My husband and I were lucky enough to go for the first time, thanks to an invitation from The Stronach Group. A former Ralph Lauren creative director from Beverly Hills, California designed the space inside the tent.  It was jaw-dropping.

Stronach Group tent

The Stronach Group Tent

Inside the Stronach Group Tent

We had to leave early to attend a graduation (it’s that time of year), but the crowds stalled our exit. We were stopped by security to allow a parade of Under Armour royalty to pass.

Security Stops us to let Under Armour Royalty pass

Under Armour tent

Look who stopped by The Stronach Group Tent once we left! Typical.

"BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 21:  (L to R) 50 Cent and Baltimore Ravens Anthony Levine, Terrance West and Julien Wilson attend The Stronach Group Owner's Chalet at 141st The Preakness at Pimlico Race Course on May 21, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)"
50 Cent and Baltimore Ravens Anthony Levine, Terrance West and Julien Wilson. Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group.
"BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 21:  Olivia Culpo (L) and Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President, The Stronach Group, attend The Stronach Group Owner's Chalet at 141st The Preakness at Pimlico Race Course on May 21, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)"
Olivia Culpo (L) and Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President, The Stronach Group. Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group.
"BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 21:  Former NFL Safety Ed Reed attends The Stronach Group Owner's Chalet at 141st The Preakness at Pimlico Race Course on May 21, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)"
Former NFL Safety Ed Reed. Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group.
"BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 21:  (L to R) Zack Merrick, Alex Gaskarth and Jack BarakatÊof the band All Time Low attend The Stronach Group Owner's Chalet at 141st The Preakness at Pimlico Race Course on May 21, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)"
Zack Merrick, Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat of the band All Time Low. Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group.

The Preakness official press release about the weekend gives all the details:

The Maryland Jockey Club announced that Saturday’s 141st Preakness Stakes (G1) set all-time records for total handle and attendance for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.
A record crowd of 135,256 watched at historic Pimlico Race Course as Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Exaggerator handed Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby (G1) winner Nyquist his first defeat in nine career starts.
Total handle on Pimlico’s 14-race program, which featured seven other stakes, was a record $94,127,434, eclipsing the previous mark set in 2005 of $91,028,704. Total handle was up 10.8 percent over 2015 and attendance was up 2.5 percent over last year’s 131,680.
Total in-state wagering was up 3.1 percent.
Saturday’s Preakness came after a record crowd of 47,956 attended Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan Day program. The crowd wagered $19.4 million over the previous year, a 4.7 percent increase.
“It was a truly remarkable weekend,” said Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra. “The crowds were fantastic, the racing incredible, and once again InfieldFest drew some of the top performers in the world. We want to thank our horsemen and fans and the state of Maryland for setting a new standard at the Preakness.
“Our record handle and attendance is further indication of the revitalization of Maryland racing. We will continue our efforts to reinvigorate Thoroughbred racing in the Mid-Atlantic.”

 

 

 



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