Is Horse Racing Dead? Preakness Breaks Handle and Attendance Records

The Pimlico crowd of 140,327 on hand to see Cloud Computing win the 2017 Preakness Stakes broke last year’s record of 135,256. Total handle on the 14-race program was $97,168,658, an increase of 3% over the previous record of $94,127,434 and a 14% increase over 2015 wagering.

The Maryland Jockey Club also announced that in-state handle was up 7.1% from last year and 10.4% from 2015.

“From morning into evening, we witnessed an incredible day of world-class racing and eclectic entertainment,” said Sal Sinatra, President of the Maryland Jockey Club. “The sport of Thoroughbred racing is being rejuvenated and reimagined by the Stronach family. Their commitment to this sport is remarkable and unparalleled. Their vision is being embraced by horsemen and fans around the country.”

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with Brisnet.com and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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