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Preakness sends a mixed message, but gets the right result
Preakness sends a mixed message, but gets the right result

Selling racegoers on the Preakness Stakes has been a tricky balancing act in the past few years. The Maryland Jockey Club struck out in 2009 when it ended the bring-your-own-beer policy in the infield, driving away thousands of young people. It won many of them back last year with the suggestive "Get Your Preak On" campaign, but upset the more traditional fans of horse racing. This year, race organizers have embarked on a delicate strategy to appeal to the race's rowdy and refined fans alike — and it seems to have paid off, with organizers expecting the biggest crowd since 2007. As of Tuesday, overall ticket sales are up 17 percent from last year's total, and...

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