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.

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.

Baltimore Sun reporter Scott Dance contributed to this article.

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