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Preakness: Record betting handle and third world bathrooms

Crowd surfing, bowties, hats, music and horses at the 144th Preaness infield. (Ulysses Muñoz, Jerry Jackson, Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun video)

Third world women's bathroom conditions notwithstanding, Pimlico Race Course tried to put its best foot forward on Preakness Saturday. Thanks to Childs Walker's reporting, I noticed the total betting handle was just a tick under $100 million (“War of Will wins 144th Preakness two weeks after treacherous run at Kentucky Derby,” May 18).

Given the track's typical 18 percent takeout, that's a fast $18 million (“Think Laurel is a better investment than Pimlico? Think again,” May 20).

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Attention, Stronach Group: I would think $18 million buys you a ton of plumbing services.

John D. Schulz, Cockeysville, Maryland

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