HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Oaklawn's 110th season came to an end on Saturday, Arkansas' Derby Day. Spectators from all over the state and nearby Missouri, Kentucky and Texas came to cheer on their favorite horses. More than 63,000 people showed up.
"Outside of the Kentucky Day, the Arkansas Derby is the most prestigious race in the country," said Timo Anderson. "All the best horsemen and all the best horses come to the Derby."
The sunny day at the track attracted families with little ones to college buddies to seasoned racing fans.
"You pick and choose, you know what I mean, it's just one of those deals where you just hope you get lucky," said Shane Littleton. "There's' really no strategy anymore, you hope you're a lucky guy."
Others had different priorities. Like looking good!
"It's awesome for photo ops, we love coming out here and just being able to take pictures," said Natalie Olberdring, who celebrated her birthday at the track.
"You get to wear a hat and nobody looks at you weird," said Shana Smith. "We had a mad hatter party and we just hung out, ate pizza. Got home and tried on our hats and just had a lot of fun!