Don’t Look For Preakness BYOB Anytime Soon

Jason Dick
Posted May 20, 2013 at 11:22am

For anyone hoping that the Maryland Jockey Club would reconsider its policy banning BYOB from the Pimlico infield party at the Preakness Stakes, forget it.

Although attendance slumped a wee bit in 2009, the first year of the “no BYOB” policy, attendance at last weekend’s 138th Preakness was 117,203, the fourth-highest crowd ever for the race, according to Blood Horse.

That was slightly down from last year’s record attendance of 121,309. Those are big-time crowds buying their booze at the track, hardly motivation to allow the Freakness crowds to bring their own again.