Tom Chuckas, president of the Maryland Jockey Club, says the crowds so far has exceeded expectations. He’s expecting about 105,000 people when all is said and done. That’s about 10,000 more than last year.
Chuckas says organizers have marketed this year’s Preakness to a younger demographic, people in their 20’s and 30’s, who aren’t your typical race horse fan. Nothing exemplifies that more than Kegasus, the mascot of this year’s Preakness, which is a half-man, half-thoroughbred partying animal.
The in-field was already packed by 2 p.m., so it appears the marketing campaign has paid off.
The three morning-line favorites will start side by side by side for the 1 3/16-mile race.
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, an early 2-to-1 Preakness favorite, drew the No. 11 post position.
Derby favorite Dialed In, which finished a disappointing eighth, but was 9-to-2 in early odds, will start one gate to the inside. And one spot inside of him is Mucho Macho Man at 6-to-1.