When “Debbie Gibson” forwarded me the story about the Maryland Jockey Club banning outside alcohol from the Preakness Infield I felt a piece of me die. It was like learning that there is no Santa Claus or Easter Bunny.
I myself have enjoyed the last couple of years at Pimlico (sans last year for a previous commitment) and was really looking forward to this year. Hotel was booked, kiddie pool air pump locked, and 30 pack ready to go. Now Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chukas has ruined my dream and if this poll is right, 91.5% of every other young American living in the greater Baltimore areas dream.
Have they not learned from the Belmont Stakes ban of outside alcohol. They watched their attendance drop dramatically. In 2004 they had 120,000 people around the Park, and after the announced alcohol rule they saw attendance drop to 47,000 (’06) and 46,870 (’07). Is this what you are looking for?
I understand that you will make money off of the 16 oz beers at $3.50, but will that offset the fee you have to pay ZZ Top for performing and downswing in attendance? This may be coming from a biased opinion, but so be it. I believe my friend BBJ219 sums it up best when he says, “Way to kill Maryland‘s only annual attraction.”
So long “Buckets,” goodbye to port-a-john racing, and farewell to young, nubile girls flashing. Pimlico, you have lost a bunch of fans with this decision. See you all when the Preakness moves to Saratoga!