LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Back on track, at Churchill downs.

"It always feels good to be back at Churchill downs," said one attendee. 

With the gates open for the first races of the spring meet, the crowds flooded in.

"It's actually awesome I haven't been to the track in a good two years," said another attendee.

The track may have been a little flooded too, thanks to the rain.

"We were coming, we weren't sure what we were going to look like at the end of the night but we were definitely coming," said an attendee.

"We have a babysitter so we figured we're coming regardless," said another.

From the first timers ... 

"It's pretty cool we're from out of town. So this is neat, we haven't been here before," said one newcomer.  

To the old pros ...

"I'm originally from Louisville but I come home every year for the derby to visit my beautiful family," said one veteran attendee.  

Everyone has their own unique experience.  

"We're sitting like really close to the track so we got splashed by mud and it was awesome. We didn't expect that at all but it's really fun," said an attendee.  

"We were betting, but we have no idea what we're doing," said another. 

"The track is sloppy so the horses aren't running so good, and it's just a good day to be," said one young attendee. 

Churchill Downs expects to deal with around 400-thousand visitors between now and next Saturday.

It means one week until the Kentucky derby, when the eyes of the world turn to Louisville.

"It puts a wonderful face on our city. The spotlight of the world is on our city so we couldn't ask for anything more," said Mayor Greg Fischer. 

Churchill has an off day Sunday and Monday and then races start up again on Tuesday.

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