The Kentucky Derby drew its largest crowd ever on Saturday–more than 170,000 people watched the favorite, American Pharoah, win the big race.

The racetrack was packed with people sporting hats, colorful suits or dresses and mint julep cups in their hands. Most activities–from betting to eating–required a little patience, but the crowd from the infield to the paddock to the rest of the track appeared largely to be having a good time.

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WFPL’s Jacob Ryan and Joseph Lord went through the track on Derby day to ask fans to name their one rule when attending the big race. Here’s what the fans said:

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“Stay hydrated.” –  Gabe Herrera, Cheyenne, Wyoming

“Grab a hat, some friends and have fun.” – Amy Christensen, Sarasota, Florida

“Have a good time, that’s what it’s all about.” – Coop Remelias, Detroit

“My rule is to build important relationships with people I don’t know and take in the atmosphere and the beautiful city of Louisville.” – Matt Rose, Chicago

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“Got to look good, got to have a good time.” – Will Eby, Atlanta

“Number one rule is to make your bets before you start drinking.” Larry Buck, Toledo, Ohio


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