'Family Area' of infield nearly empty

May 21, 2011|By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun

For the first time, a special Family Area was set up inside the infield. The message apparently didn't get out, because as of noon it was nearly empty. 

Darryl Greb, who came here with his wife, Dee, and their two teenage sons and one of their neighbors, found a spot near the back fence with a great view of the backstretch.

 Greb, a retired sheriff's deputy in St. Mary's County, had never been to the Preakness before but had been to other events like it that were once known for their debauchery.

 "I was probably one of the bad guys, I didn't want my kids to be exposed to that," Greb said.

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