There were still drunk 20-somethings. Still crowds making a ruckus. And people throwing up after one too many beers. But this year, unlike recent Preakness Stakes when infield crowds gained a reputation for debauchery, race goers said the fun-filled party was less out of control.
By By Hanah Cho and Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun
Dave Bowser, 28, of Harbor East, first came to Pimlico while in college at Penn State. He said he spent a good amount of time then in the more rowdy infield and decided he'd "hang out on this side today," gesturing toward the grandstands.
In the middle of the infield at Preakness 2012, there are six long horizontal blackboards filled with scribbles of neon chalk. The randomness of the grafitti is appropriately light-hearted and innocuous.
Can a horse with Maryland connections win the Preakness? There are four chances: Tiger Walk, Teeth of the Dog, Went the Day Well and Pretension. The last Maryland-trained horse to win the Preakness was Deputed Testamony in 1983.
A beautiful day at Pimlico will allow Black-Eyed Susan Day to go on with seemingly no problems and a fast track. All 13 races will take place between noon and 5:51 p.m., capped with the Pimlico Special, which has been run just one time since 2007.
After six months off to recover from the wear and tear of a North American record 22 straight victories, Rapid Redux will be retired next week to Kentucky Horse Park, his owner Robert Cole and trainer David Wells said.