Sunshine favored, but don't bet against rain PREAKNESS '92


Break out the suntan lotion, but don't forget the umbrella -- just in case.

Today's showers will give way to partly sunny skies and pleasant temperatures for tomorrow's running of the 117th Preakness, forecasters say.

However, rain will not be out of the question, forecasters said. There's still a slight chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm.

"They've had temperatures in the 80s and 90s some years in that infield," said Fred Davis, chief meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. "Tomorrow, it will be very comfortable," he said.

Mr. Davis said the forecast is for a temperature of about 75 degrees at race time, which is 5:32 p.m. Winds will be light and southeasterly.

Fourteen horses are in the Preakness field, the first time in 22 years that the field has been that crowded. The race sports its richest purse in history: $744,800.

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