At Troubled Preakness, a Sobering Attendance Drop

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/16/AR2009051602390_pf.html

    At Troubled Preakness, a Sobering Attendance Drop

    By Lisa Rein
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Sunday, May 17, 2009

    BALTIMORE -- The future of Maryland's storied horse racing industry might be a matter of debate, but one thing was clear yesterday at the yearly race that has been the state's biggest sports event for more than a century: The Freakness is gone.

    The usually crammed infield at the Preakness Stakes, which earned that nickname because of drunken fighting and other forms of debauchery, was far from full as post time neared. Gone were the topless women, and the teens who raced and stumbled across the tops of portable toilets, pelted with beer cans as they went.

    To restore civility to what had become little more than an all-day party, officials at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore banned spectators this year from bringing their own beverages, including beer, onto the infield. The move contributed to a 30 percent drop in attendance, and it drew plenty of complaints.
     
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    It was a great race and history was made with the philly winning. Also she was the first horse ever to win starting from no. 13.

    It will be a shame if the tradition of this race ends this year ... but that is a real possibility.
     

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