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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Beer Ban Doesn't Stop Derby Fans

The all-day infield party at the Preakness Stakes may have been a dud on Saturday because of a new ban on bring-your-own beer, but it turns out that Churchill Downs doesn't allow spectators to carry in booze either. And 60000 fans still cram the infield for the Kentucky Derby.

"We have never allowed alcohol to be brought in," said John Ascher, vice-president of communications for the track. But he added with a chuckle,"That's not to say it hasn't been smuggled in."
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