Record Preakness Day Wagering Just Shy of $100 Million – Horse Racing News

The 144th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico in Baltimore, Md., set an all-time total handle record Saturday of $99,852,653.

Saturday’s record handle topped the previous mark of $97,168,658 set in 2017. Attendance was 131,256, according to the Maryland Jockey Club.

War of Will, who was placed seventh in the Kentucky Derby (G1) May 4 after a troubled trip, carried jockey Tyler Gaffalione and trainer Mark Casse to their first victories in a Triple Crown event. The 14-race card was also highlighted by Catholic Boy winning the $250,000 Dixie (G2), Lexitonian winning the $200,000 Chick Lang (G3) and Mitchell Road winning the $150,000 Gallorette (G3).

“The 144th Preakness Stakes surpassed our expectations…