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Macklemore, Pitbull part of star-studded Preakness InfieldFest lineup

When Preakness Stakes organizers held their first InfieldFest four years ago, they booked hard rockers Buckcherry and ZZ Top for concerts.

The live music was part of a new plan for the Preakness Infield. Organizers banned revelers from bringing their own alcohol into Pimlico Race Course.

Attendance suffered anyway, despite performances from some of music's top acts (Zac Brown Band and O.A.R. in 2010, Train and Bruno Mars in 2011 and Wiz Khalifa and Maroon 5 last year).

InfieldFest is back once again this year with, perhaps, its best lineup yet in a festival that takes place Saturday leading up to the 138th Preakness Stakes. Scheduled entertainers Pitbull, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Florida-Georgia Line have four of the top 10 songs on "Billboard" Magazine's Top 100 songs chart.

Macklemore and Lewis' "Can't Hold Us" is the number one song in the country. "Thrift Shop," their ode to used clothing, is number 6. Florida-Georgia Line's pop remix "Cruise" with rapper Nelly is number 9. Pitbull's "Feel This Moment" is number 10.

Afrojack, Chevelle and Kristen and the Noise are also scheduled to perform during InfieldFest.

With so much going on, the Times features writer offers a by-the-numbers look at InfieldFest and what to expect for this year:

$80.4 million: The betting pool at last year's Preakness Stakes, the sixth largest in event history.

121,300: The announced attendance for last year's Preakness Stakes, a new course record.

121,200: The previous record high course record attendance, set in 2008, the final year that fans were allowed to bring their own alcohol into Pimlico Race Course.

100,000: Crowds of 100,000 or more have attended six of the last eight Preakness Stakes.

272 mph: The maximum speed of the B-25 Mitchell Bombers expected to fly over Pimlico in an aerial display sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans Flight Team and The Maryland Jockey Club.

$145: The price for one ticket on Stubhub.com to a Pitbull concert featuring Ke$ha at the Golden Nugget at Atlantic City, N.J., May 25.

$60: The price for a ticket to this year's InfieldFest. Mug Club tickets, which featured unlimited beer, have already sold out.

40: The number of years since Secretariat won the Preakness Stakes. Secretariat won horse racing's Triple Crown. Just two horses, Seattle Slew in 1977 and Affirmed in 1978, has won the Triple Crown since.

15: The number of food vendors listed on the official Preakness Stakes website expected to participate in InfieldFest.

9: The number of horses entered in this year's Preakness Stakes as of Wednesday, including Kentucky Derby winner Orb.

8: The number of "Billboard" Hot 100 top 20 hits for Pitbull, including his lone number 1, "Give Me Everything."

7: The number of studio albums released by Pitbull. His most recent album release is "Global Warming" released in 2012.

2: The number of Academy of Country Music Awards Florida-Georgia Line won in April. They won Top New Vocal Duo or Group and Two New Artist.

1: The number of duos who have had their first two songs reach number 1 on "Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis became the first duo to achieve that feat when "Can't Hold Us" hit number one last week.

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