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Preakness beefs up security, bans backpacks

Updated: April 30, 2013, 1:40 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Backpacks and duffel bags will be prohibited at the Preakness this year, part of a new security policy at Pimlico Race Course influenced by the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

For the first time, only clear coolers will be allowed in the building and the infield at the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown. The new policy also forbids laser lights and pointers, along with cameras with lenses more than 6 inches in length.

In previous years, backpacks and duffel bags were ...

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