LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Picture perfect weather for Kentucky Oaks day had crowds back at Churchill Downs for horse racing and all that goes with it.
People dressed in pink started going through the gates early, but crowds were much smaller than in the past. COVID-19 restrictions mean only about 45,000 people can be at the track. Social distancing was enforced, and security was walking around the track in yellow shirts holding up signs reminding people to wear masks.
"We were here yesterday and it was raining and it was terrible but God gave us this day and we're going to thrive on it... it's the best day ever," two Derby attendees told WDRB.
The Grandstand has seats spaced out. Tickets on the front of the track are "all inclusive," which means the price of a ticket covers food and drink for the day. The set-up means less contact, and no currency is exchanged. But that's not the case at the betting windows, where cash is accepted.