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“This was better than the last race,” trainer Larry Jones said.

Lukas pleased

Both of trainer D. Wayne Lukas’ horses - Flying Private and Luv Gov - were 50-1 on the morning line and came to the Preakness with a combined 2-for-21 lifetime record. Flying Private finished fourth, and Luv Gov was eighth.

Flying Private will now head to the Belmont, which was Lukas’ aim at the start of the year.

“Flying Private ran a [heck of a] race,” Lukas said. “We went from 19th in the Derby to fourth in the Preakness. He liked the track a little bit better, and he came running.”

Crowd down

Pimlico’s decision to ban fans from bringing in alcohol had the expected impact on attendance. Last year’s crowd was 112,222; Saturday’s was 77,850.

The on-track handle did go up, from about $73.5 million to $86,684,470 - the fifth-highest Preakness Day total.