This Year's Preakness Is Drawing In Record Crowds | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

This Year's Preakness Is Drawing In Record Crowds

Play associated audio
The Maryland Jockey Club is expecting about 105,000 to attend this year's Preakness. That’s about 10,000 more than last year.
Maryland Jockey Club
The Maryland Jockey Club is expecting about 105,000 to attend this year's Preakness. That’s about 10,000 more than last year.

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.

NPR

Buzz Bissinger: With Caitlyn Jenner, 'You Feel A Connection'

NPR's Melissa Block interviews Buzz Bissinger about his profile of Caitlyn Jenner in Vanity Fair and her gender transition. She is formerly known as Bruce, an Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon.
NPR

Grass Gourmands: A Herbivore Food Mystery On The African Savanna

A new study sheds light on a longstanding ecological question: How do so many species like impalas and elephants co-exist when they're all feeding on the same limited foods?
NPR

Pro-Warren Group Disbands, As Senator Splits Again With Obama

A group pushing Elizabeth Warren to run for president moves on and "declares victory" in advancing her positions. But Warren is already on to new fights.
NPR

Coming Soon: More Ads On Instagram, And a "Buy" Feature On Pinterest

Pinterest will launch an in-app "buy" button, and Instagram will soon target ads using demographic data from Facebook.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.