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 this week — urges those coming to the infield at Pimlico Race Course to be legendary, a reference to the infield denizens' reputation for hard partying. The Preakness, to be held May 21 this year, is the second leg of racing's Triple Crown that also includes the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.
The Preakness is the highlight of the Maryland racing calendar, often drawing more than 100,000 fans. The majority head to the infield, which becomes a giant party zone, a world away from the staid horse racing insiders in the box seats.
I'm with them. The thing looks absolutely ridiculous. I think only the London Olympics mascots are worse.