For owners, amassing money has not been a trivial pursuit 116th Preakness

May 18, 1991|By Marty McGee .

If you're at the track today and are suddenly blinded by money, there may be a reason. The combined worth of the owners of the Preakness starters is stunning.

The list starts with the Summa Stable partners -- Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky and Magic Johnson -- and works its way through other owners who made their fortunes in a variety of endeavors including banking, communications, cattle, insurance, doughnuts, supermarkets, real estate, aircraft, Trivial Pursuit and Pictionary. (For owner biographies, see Page 4C.)

One Pimlico official said yesterday that it would be hard to estimate, but he figured their combined worth is $2 billion to $3 billion.

Sorry, but no hard-luck Preakness stories this year.

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