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March 19, 2010

Did you go to Preakness last year? E-mail me.

With today's announcement about Preakness, I'm looking for a few folks who went to Preakness last year -- especially people who also went to Preakness in years past. E-mail me as soon as possible at

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:13 PM | | Comments (4)


I went last year and sat in the grandstands but did go to the infield and it was GREAT!. It was so nice and uncrowded.
I'm in my early 50's and still remember the infield parties that were fun but last year was so refreshing. This year will have long lines for refills but the concept is great.

Preakness is for amateurs

You couldn't pay me enough to attend the Preakness in the infield.

Being a student at Virginia Tech and born in Baltimore, Preakness used to be (for four years) a great time to bring friends from outside of Maryland to the state to see everything it has to offer. Groups of 20-30 friends would stay at my house the night before, eat crabs, attend Preakness the next day, go to downtown Baltimore to eat/drink that night.

Last year due to the changing of policies this all stopped, and the complete lack of interest in Preakness from people outside of the regulars continues.

This hurts buisiness everywhere in Maryland from the lack of tourism which was once there.

We can see through the tactics to try and lure people back in this year, but everyone knows if attendance climbs back up to the special numbers where it used to be, another rule change will come once again deflating Preakness.

the Maryland jockey club really let the state down on this one. They should be ashamed.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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