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New Booze Law Causes Preakness Race War

5/17/2009 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Preakness StakesOver 30,000 people protested The Preakness Stakes' new drinking rules this weekend -- and by protested, we mean they just stayed home and got drunk instead.

The race formerly known as "The Freakness" -- an all-day drunk-off for race fans -- was dealt a huge blow following a new alcohol law prohibiting fans from bringing their own booze to the race.

How big of a blow? According to the Washington Post, attendance this year went down from 112,222 to 77,850 -- despite the park still offering 16 ounce beers for $3.50.

We're gonna go out on a limb here, and say this video of the infamous "Preakness Running of Urinals 2008" had something to do with the decision.



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