This is how one horse racing reporter described the experience of hanging out in the infield during the 2008 Preakness Stakes:
“I was in Vegas for New Year’s Eve a couple times, and until I had been to the Preakness infield, that was the craziest I’d ever seen people behave. Preakness was another level of human behaviour. I remember telling friends back here, ‘You had to see it to believe it.'”
That era is now over.
After years of debauchery in the infield, the Preakness Stakes banned outside beverages in 2009 and instituted a plan to suppress the rowdiness. This weekend’s 2014 Preakness will be much, much different than it was six years ago.
Depending on your point of view, these photos of mud, drunkness, and “toilet runs” are either deeply nostalgic or slightly terrifying.
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