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Attendance, handle at Preakness down from last year's record totals

An announced 134,487 came to Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, ending a four-year rise in Preakness Day attendance.

The total is down 4.2 percent from last year’s record — when more favorable weather conditions helped draw out an announced 140,327 — but was still the third largest in the event’s 143-year history.

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Saturday's total Preakness handle was $93.655 million, also falling short of last year’s record mark of $97.168 million. It is likewise the third-largest handle ever.

Baltimore Police Department spokeswoman Nicole Monroe said Sunday that there were no arrests at Pimlico.

Catch some of the Sights and Sounds of Preakness 2018. (Ulysses Muñoz, Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)

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