Preakness mascot's gut and nipple ring raise ire

Updated: March 30, 2011, 6:26 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Not everyone's thrilled about the new half-man, half-horse Preakness Stakes mascot that sports a nipple ring and a beer gut.

The mascot called "Kegasus" introduced Tuesday urges those coming to infield at Pimlico Race Course to be legendary, a reference to the infield's reputation for hard partying. The May 21st Preakness is the second leg of racing's Triple Crown that also includes the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.

Maryland Delegate Pat McDonough says he is disgusted with the campaign. The lawmaker who represents Baltimore and Harford counties says Kegasus is infantile and creates a negative image.

Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas says organizers have never hidden the fact that they want young people to come to the infield and party. Chuckas says Kegasus speaks their language.

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