The 140th Preakness Stakes Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore saw downpours that turned the track to muck just minutes before the race. The event is a party experience for fans, and the late rain didn't stop a great experience for those who watched American Pharoah win the big race.
The 2015 event had a record handle -- 131,680 people attended the race, up about 8,000 from last year, USA Today reported.
Preakness attendance: 131,680, up about 8,000 from last year. I’d assume number of times to use the restroom per person was down, however.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) May 16, 2015
The record crowd looked on as American Pharoah became the 14th horse in the last 37 years to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown. American Pharoah will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 at Belmont Park in three weeks.
While the crowd was large and the race was entertaining, there were certainly some unforeseen issues. Multiple bathrooms across different levels at Pimlico caused issues for race fans, the Baltimore Sun reported. The race's official drink -- the black-eyed Susan -- might have contributed to those issues. The concoction composed of vodka, St. Germain, pineapple juice, orange juice and lime juice is the favorite of those in attendance, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The pictures that came out of race at Pimlico depict a tale of two days. There was the prerace fun in the sun, then the rain and actual race. Despite the troubling turn in the weather, those in attendance will perhaps get to later boast to friends that they saw a Triple Crown winner take home the victory in its second-leg race. That's likely worth getting a little wet. Below are pictures from the 2015 Preakness:
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