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Preakness A Success

16 May 09: The field for the Preakness passes the stands for the first time at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland on Preakness Day.
recall years ago watching Ken Burns’ BASEBALL series and an interview with the late Buck O’Neill, famed Negro League/Kansas City Monarchs baseball playerand manager. He noted that whatever travail baseball encountered, something came along to “bring it back.”

And in racing’s case this past weekend, it was a filly named Rachel Alexandra.

Yes, as the Baltimore Sun reported today, the attendance in the infield was down over 30 percent, but wagering was up—significantly. $59 million vs. $45 million last year. Which again shows that the party infield revelers don’t give a hoot about the races…they evidently don’t even bet.
 
And, as the Sun noted, “for the horse racing industry, the money that counts is the handle - the total amount wagered…that figure, $86,684,470 for all races run Saturday at Pimlico, was the fifth highest ever for the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown.”

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