Thousands of race fans celebrate Kentucky Derby in Saratoga

May 06, 2018 08:47 AM

"It's a good excuse to have some fun, meet some people and just dress crazy" said Brendan Acres of Saratoga Springs.

The sights and sounds around Saratoga may have felt a lot like summer at the track on Saturday. 

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"This year the Derby has been amazing. people from across the country are writing, calling me, I've been shipping hats, more and more people want to dress again" said Natalie Sillery of Saratoga Trunk.

While Churchhill Downs may be in Kentucky, you wouldn't know it here. Thousands came out to enjoy the 144th Kentucky Derby all around the Spa city

"I think in Saratoga it's especially important because the economy really thrives on racing and it brings so many unique people to the town" said Acres.

Viewing parties were everywhere from the National Museum of Racing to Prime at Saratoga National, race fans came from all over to join in the fun. 

"We are residents in Niskayuna, we love the Saratoga area, we were just in Louisville, KY. We're into the excitement about Saratoga and the season" said Charlie Campione of Niskayuna.

Today's race marks the start of the Tripple Crown. there's only been two winners to take the title in 37 years, American Pharoah being one of them. Either way, hopefully the winner comes to Saratoga this summer.

"I think it's one of the things that if you live up here and have experiences with saratoga and to be able to connect saratoga to the kentucky derby, i think is something we all enjoy" said Michael Hickey of Clifton Park.

Plus, this year the festivities had an added twist.

"It's also Cinco de Mayo so it's like a double holiday today, we've got to have fun" said Acres.


Brooke Selby

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