And this Preakness weekend showed that people are still willing to turn out for a big event at Pimlico. Even without a Kentucky Derby winner in the race, even with a month of bad publicity over the shuttering of unsafe grandstand seats and water main breaks, about 131,000 attended Saturday, down just slightly from last year and not far from the all-time record set in 2017. The Black Eyed Susan races on Friday set an all-time attendance record of 51,573. That is to say, in two days of racing this year, Pimlico generated more than half the attendance that Laurel Park will in 168. It wasn’t because of heightened interest in this year’s race — quite the contrary; television ratings were down in Baltimore by more than 10 percent this year (and down 20 percent nationally). It’s because the Maryland Jockey Club has successfully blended tradition with new ways to draw a crowd (particularly in the infield). The Preakness may not have the grandeur of the Kentucky Derby, but at Pimlico, it has developed a business model that can thrive even when the sport that’s the ostensible heart of the event doesn’t.