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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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Sam    

f1rst! just like rachel alexandra...

1993 days ago
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Wetodid    

BOOM HEADSHOT!!!

1993 days ago
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puerella    

the thing is, preakness infield is not at all related to horse racing. people have gotten out on the field and chased horses, people have actually hit the horses with beer cans before. for the safety of the horses, the move was a good thing. and comeon, 16 oz beer for $3.50 isnt bad compared to most events!

1993 days ago
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Mandy    

That's pure white trash. "Hey ya'll, I gots me a great idear. Let's run on them there's toilets and get cans thrown at us!"

1993 days ago
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deleta    

Men are so stupid.

1993 days ago
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:what ev errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr    

Best thing that could have happened. Most of the trash that attended the past Preakness races just went to get drunk. They could care less about the race. Now after the race it's less drunkin azzholes on the streets .

Way to go RACHEL ALEXANDRA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You go girl.........................now's it off to the Belmont!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1992 days ago
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xxx    

you know....or it could be the economy.....people making a killing off beer and other food/beverages at concerts, sporting events and all that has to stop

1992 days ago
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Racing Fan    

Come on people! The reason for the new law is because of people being hurt in the infield last year by drunks as well as the cops having to arrest several people for public lewdness, assault, etc. This was the best move that the owners of Pimlico and the State of Maryland could have ever made! Really, who did the race lose? A bunch of frat boys and losers who just wanted to be there to get drunk, not people who wanted to be there to watch the race. Pimlico was better off without the lot of them!

1992 days ago

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