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Mud bogs down Preakness 2018, as organizers offer strongest hint Triple Crown jewel could leave Pimlico

Mud bogs down Preakness 2018, as organizers offer strongest hint Triple Crown jewel could leave Pimlico

The 143th edition of the Preakness Stakes featured its biggest-ever infield stage, new and hulking “chalet” tents that offered towering views over the Pimlico Race Course track, and a winner that kept alive the chance of a Triple Crown in 2018.

Kentucky Derby winner Justify, who will now head to the Belmont Stakes with a chance of becoming the first Triple Crown winner since American Pharoah in 2015, made the most of the sloppy conditions.

But the day was otherwise bogged down in mud. And not just because horses were slogging through it, and concertgoers literally swimming in it. Official attendance was down 6,000 from last year’s record crowd, though hours-long lines still...

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