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BALTIMORE (AP) - Preakness officials have toughened security guidelines for the Triple Crown race after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

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Back backs and duffel bags will be prohibited from the infield for the first time. Only clear coolers will be allowed in the building or the infield, and the new policy also forbids laser lights and pointers.

The security measures will be in effect on the day of the Preakness, May 18, and Black-Eyed Susan day, May 17. More than 100,000 fans have attended the Preakness in 10 of the last 12 years.

The Maryland Jockey Club installed the policy after consulting with law enforcement and public safety officials.

Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas says, ``these changes will address concerns fans may have following the Boston tragedies.''

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