The numbers alone say the 138th Preakness was a huge success.
A crowd of 117,203, the fourth largest in Preakness history, was on hand to see long-shot Oxbow's shocking win and heavy-favorite Orb's disappointing run. And the total handle for the day was a healthy $81,940,233, sixth largest in history.
But Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas still spent much of the day looking up at the skies and hoping the rain would stay away. It didn't, but it turned out he worried needlessly.
"I had some concern with the weather, that it would put a real damper on the day," Chuckas said in his "State of the Preakness" news conference Monday at