You all know about the Royal Ascot horse race in the United Kingdom, the one the Queen herself attends in a big hat and everyone rich sits around and pretends to be bored by the race itself? Yeah, about that: apparently serving booze to the fans is making it a little more “interesting” according to Vanity Fair:
A group of eight grown men, seemingly friends, got into a drunken dispute over a 20-something blonde. One minute they were chatting next to the Victorian bandstand, and the next they were rolling around on the ground in a brawl that involved chair legs, a £98 bottle of Laurent Perrier, and various members’ being bitten and kicked.
From our “What Were They Thinking?” Department: The famed Preakness horse race, the second jewel in the Triple Crown, seems to think the only way to attract a hip, younger “partying” crowd is to promote the event using a centaur named Kegasus, a nipple-pierced, boozing centaur.
No, really. This was the best plan they could come up with to promote something called “Infield Fest.” So, instead of making horse racing more interesting (they completely ignored our suggestion of arming all the jockeys with tasers) they try to make it seem hip and cool to be drunk on the infield during the race . . . kind of like a shorter, less noisy Indy 500 or NASCAR event.
So far, about all Kegasus has attracted is calls from taxpayers for the State of Maryland to pull funding for the idiot promotion. Watch the video of Kegasus first, and then a news report about the controversy he’s causing in horse racing circles.
It’s a horse race called The Darwin Cup and apparently it attracts some of Australia’s best . . . drunks. In this case, a guy who stripped naked and jumped on the track, and then managed to expertly evade security staff until he tried to crash his way into the VIP tent.
At right, a clip from the video of his efforts. We’re not sure if the old ladies at the rail are shielding their eyes from his nudity, or trying to block out the sun so they can get a better look. Saucy old gals!
A streaker achieved fleeting but costly fame after sprinting naked onto the track at the end of the main race at the Darwin Cup. The unidentified man was captured on camera evading security guards before eventually being tackled as he tried to leap into the VIP tent. He copped a heavy fine from police, the Northern Territory News reports. The naked dash was one of several examples of rowdy behaviour as boozed-up patrons enjoyed the Cup.