Preakness' 'Kegasus' Is Controversial

Maryland politician says the mascot is infantile and creates a negative image.

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

The mascot called "Kegasus" introduced March 29 urges those coming to the infield at Pimlico Race Course to be legendary, a reference to the infield's reputation for hard partying. The May 21 Preakness is the second leg of racing's Triple Crown that also includes the Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

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.