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Preakness Attracts Large Crowds and Wagers

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:17 PM EDT

This weekend the 138th Preakness Stakes attracted more than 117,000 people, the fourth largest crowd for the annual event.

And while the final numbers on how much was raked in aren't in yet, Pimlico's president Tom Chuckas says the event went very well.

Close to $82 million was wagered this Preakness, and increase of almost $1.4 million from last year.

"Overall our handle was up. I think we're growing and we're gonna continue to grow," Chuckas said.

Chuckas says he hopes to bring in big names in the music industry to double the crowds on Black Eyed Susan Day.

As for renovations, concrete plans should be made by the end of the summer, and they could include completely leveling Pimlico and starting from scratch.

Preakness Attracts Large Crowds and Wagers

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