Maryland Jockey Club announces Pimlico handle growth
Exaggerator wins the Preakness. Photo by Laurie Asseo.
From a Maryland Jockey Club release
The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that daily handle was up nearly 22 percent from the previous year during the recently-concluded Preakness Meet at Pimlico.
Average daily handle for the 28-day meet was $6.3 million compared to $5.2 million in 2015 when Pimlico ran 37 days. The handle was bolstered by a record Preakness Day crowd May 21 of 135,256 that wagered a record $94.1 million. Pimlico also played host to a record Black-Eyed Susan Day crowd of 47,956 on May 20.
“We were pleased with the Preakness Meet at Pimlico,” said Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra. “The atmosphere and events surrounding Preakness and Black-Eyed Susan were electric and, once again, horsemen throughout the world put on an incredible show. We want to thank our fans for supporting this meet and helping us set records on Preakness Day and Black-Eyed Susan Day. We also believe our expanded OTB network – the Horseshoe Casino, Timonium and Boonsboro – continues to increase exposure of our great product.
“We will continue investing in Maryland racing.”