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Old 02-05-2009, 01:18 PM
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BYOB banned by Jockey Club!!

Say goodbye to the fraternity party atmosphere at the Preakness. Organizers are banning you from bringing your own alcohol or wateronto Pimlico's infield.

Pimlico's top brass say they are trying to give the Preakness a new dimension this year. Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas says they are hoping the changes will give the Preakness Celebrations a different feel and introduce a new audience to horse racing.

But Preakness fan Matt Plummer says it could chase recurring fans away. "They expect to drink, bring their own beer and party all day."

Chuckas says beer will still be available in 16-ounce cups.But you'll have to buy it for $3.50 a cup. Water and other beverages will also be sold.

Preakness fan Mike Bauwens says, "That's going to change everything. It's expensive already."

In addition to the alcohol changes, Pimlico will add an infield concert and professional volleyball tournament to the infield party. This year's performers will include ZZ Top & Buckcherry.

The price of tickets won't change. It will still cost you $50 in advance or $60 at the door. This year's Preakness is scheduled for May 16th.

Although I haven't been in years, what the hell are these morons thinking??? I guarantee attendance to the infield is going to be cut by at LEAST 50% due to this. And then Preakness organizers will be cryin' da bluez askin' for a bailout!!!
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I also heard the announcement on WBAL radio (AM talk). 98 ROCK morning show (FM Morning talk then music after 10:00 am) had not gotten the news prior to the show ending this morning or they would have been all over that story. 98 rock is a big part of the infield party........that is always a wild time........ Mickey (absent today) should be back tomorrow and I am sure it will be a topic of discussion for sure!!!!

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Ya think? It is insane for Pimlico to do something like this. I've been to 5 Preakness Stakes and I think I saw a horse on 2 occasions!
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http://wbal.com/apps/news/templates/story.aspx?articleid=20920&zoneid=2

They are going to have ZZ Top, Buck Cherry and one more band, they have not said what one yet.
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There's 2 more reasons NOT to go!
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Maybe the party crowd will resort to another method (non liquid) of getting their high? Hope the horses are not down wind.
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After 9/11 Churchill Downs had more security measures at the Derby than it took to board an airplane. Their reason was "security" but they did state that you could buy all the items you wanted at the infield shops at "reasonable prices."
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