May 16, 2009

Preakness Day pt5: Where are the hoes?

That's the question some drunk guy just asked me. Any other year the answer would have been easy, but today I had to say "thay stayed home."

I fully expected the crowd to be smaller this year, but there are maybe 25% of last year's crowd here. It's bad enough that not only did my brother and I play Rock Band at "Preakness Village," but we didn't even have to wait in line very long.

I'm not very optimistic for the future of the Preakness in Maryland. It will be sad to see such a rich tradition die, but the organizers have no one to blame but themselves.

3 Responses:

Jeremy said...

It was unbelievable how empty the infield looked on TV. The commentators were talking about the change. The Maryland Jockey Club just hemorrhaged money. Nicely done.

Anonymous said...

The Maryland Jockey Club saw bets increase by $13 million this year. They're fuckin pumped. Im sorry you guys don't have drunk guys to laugh at...get a life.

Jeremy said...

a) How much more would bets have increased if 30,000 more people were at the race itself?

b) The betting amounts were predestined based upon Rachel Alexandra getting so much attention and a 50-1 longshot having won the Kentucky Derby.

c) How much more money would the MJC have taken in on ticket sales alone if they had found a middle ground - say charged $1/beer (which still would've made them a profit and prevented full cans of beer from being thrown). By my count, 30,000 people x $60/ticket = $1.8 million.

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