Beer cans were flying and an officer's badge was temporarily missing yesterday when a melee broke out in the front of a rock band's stage in the infield at Pimlico Race Course.
Most of the 19 arrests and 38 ejections at yesterday's Preakness were linked to the altercation that broke out about 4:30 p.m. in front of the 98 Rock stage, said Dennis S. Hill, a city police spokesman.
Officers could be heard on the police radio calling for reinforcements as people fought and threw beer cans.
One officer reported that his badge had been pulled from his shirt. Hill said the badge was recovered -- and a man who allegedly took it was charged with assault.