NOBODY CAN WATCH HORSE RACING SOBER

HOW TO ENJOY THE PREAKNESS

Screw politically correct.

The sport of horse racing is dying. Tracks are closing around the country. Those that are left are losing huge amounts of money. Even Pimlico, site of the Triple Crown’s Preakness race, is  filing for bankruptcy.

Last year, the Preakness changed its policy on alcohol. For years, fans were allowed to bring their own booze to the track’s infield. The race was such a legendary drunken party that the term “Preakness” is even in the Urban Dictionary. Corporate owners, worried about their image, decided to cut off the alcohol brought into last year’s race. The result? Record low attendance-the worst crowd in decades. The crowd plummeted from 112,222 in 2008 to 77,850. That’s a one-year drop in attendance of 34, 372. That’s even with Buckcherry singing “Crazy Bitch” to get the crowd going before the race. Not good for a track that was already facing bankruptcy.

So much for sobriety. As Darren Rovell of CNBC reports, that has resulted in a NEW policy for this year’s race. It’s all-you-can-drink! This year, Preakness fans who pay $40 for an infield ticket can also pay an additional $20 to join the “MUG Club.” This entitles you to unlimited refills of free beer and some hard drinks.

The Baltimore Sun labeled the change “From Meekness back to Freakness.” Critics of the revised policy say it will lead to complete drunkenness as fans will think they have to drink at least ten beers to “make their money back.”

A LOOK AT PREAKNESS PARTYING THROUGH THE YEARS:

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