They said they think moving the race to Laurel would mean fewer Baltimoreans would get to go.
"Preakness is supposed to be the people's race," said Zoe Demko, 21, of Detroit. "It's not the Derby."
They have concourse reserve seats, and "you can see how old the wood is and how old the seats is," said Pittman, 54.
As a kid, Pittman brought a wagon to Pimlico and people would pay him to roll their food onto the infield. He'd make $100 or $200 a day.
Pittman and Wyche, 53, would like to see Pimlico renovated but acknowledged Laurel would likely be a better facility.
"Why is it that the Kentucky Derby can stay so pretty and fresh and looking nice, and Pimlico is just going down?" Pittman asked.
For Chris Lucas, a Towson native and one half of the rising country duo LoCash, attending Preakness was long overdue.
"I could never afford to go to Preakness, and was always jealous of those who did," Lucas said from the second stage during the band's afternoon set. "Still can't afford it but here we are!"
His hometown credibility took a bit of a hit, when Lucas spotted an attendee in a Natty Boh mask but failed to identify him correctly.
"That's the Utz guy, right?" he asked.
The crowd attempted to help by yelling, "Natty Boh!" But it never rang a bell with Lucas.
"I've seen that face on things but I don't know what it is," he said.
Forgiveness came quickly when the duo, along with their five-piece backing band, launched into their latest single, "Ring on Every Finger."
— Wes Case
"They're a little more high strung," said groom Kathy Jones of Bowie as her horse, Rockinn on Bye, jerked his nose out of his paddock, and his neighbors kicked at the walls.
They're "talkin' to the other horses," said Jones. They're restless — ready to run, and on edge, in unfamiliar territory. "They're not at their home space."
Jones said she doesn't foresee the Preakness moving to Laurel anytime soon. "If they did, I wouldn't care for it," she said.
— Christina Tkacik