A record 55 outlets have contracted to simulcast the Preakness a week from Saturday. Among those listed to televise the second leg of the Triple Crown are seven tracks in Canada, the first time the race has been simulcast in that country.
The Preakness was shown at 29 outlets last year and the total handle for those tracks was $8,661,260. The most money ever wagered on simulcasts of the Preakness came in 1984, when $9,026,972 was bet at 21 outlets.
There will be no simulcasting of the Preakness at Charles Town, but there will be betting at Penn National in Grantville, Pa., and Delaware Park in Stanton, Del. Pimlico General Manager Chick Lang said: "Charles Town is one of those in our marketing studies that draws heavily from the Washington area; hence, no simulcasting."
In other Preakness developments, Clear Choice, a stablemate of Badger Land, is considered a definite starter in the race, according to Jeff Lukas, son and assistant to the colt's trainer, Wayne Lukas.
Clear Choice won the Withers Mile at Aqueduct today and is expected to run as an entry in the Preakness with Badger Land. The status of Tasso, last year's 2-year-old champion and runner-up to Clear Choice today, is "probable."
Kentucky Derby champion Ferdinand galloped at Pimlico this morning and assistant trainer Peter Lyon told reporters: "He's starting to get hold of the Pimlico track just like he did at Churchill Downs."
Ferdinand will have a serious workout Saturday morning when his trainer, Charles Whittingham, is expected to arrive from California.
In today's feature at Pimlico, Capp It Off, the odds-on favorite, sped six furlongs in 1:11 and won by seven lengths under Jim Edwards. Pan D'Ore finished second, two lengths in front of Amerricoinrest.