Derby Day at Ellis Park

Derby Day at Ellis Park

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -Saturday Ellis park was packed for the most exciting 2 minutes in sports.

The Kentucky Derby is a staple event in Kentucky that even the rain couldn’t ruin.

There's nothing quite like derby day in Kentucky.

“Even if you don’t get to go to the actual derby it’s definitely a fun event to come out here today. To get a feeling of what it would be like at the derby” said Michele Kors.

Everyone waiting for the most exciting two minutes in sports.

“It’s really just the excitement leading up to the derby, and you get to spend time with your friends throughout the whole thing. So, it’s not just about the two seconds that the horses race at the very end” said Morgan Hardin.

Betting on horses is a huge part of the day,but how is the decision made?

Some say it’s pretty complicated.

“We go by the jockies, and odds, and I just pick whichever name I like best” said Dylan Hamilton.

“It’s a lot of statistics that goes in to helping you narrow down who you think the winners going to be. A lot of it is previous races they might have won else where” said Michele Kors

While others say choosing your horse is simply easy.

“3 reasons, ask siri, ask your mom, and ask your dad” said Sam Rohr.

“A lot of it is just a hunch too. Some people just go by the name of the horse, or their colors, or what the jockies where” said Molly Elder.

The race wasn’t the only thing getting people to open their wallets today.

“It’s also a fundraiser for the horses here in Henderson to help take care of them. But it’s so exciting to come out and see all the beautiful hats and network with a lot of folks in the area, and wait for the races. And support the reitz home of course” said Elder and Kors.

A day win or lose. many will remember for the rest of the year.

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